Simple pleasures and good service can mean a lot when on holiday, says actor Brett Climo.
WHICH WAS YOUR BEST HOLIDAY?
My last holiday in 2013. My wife and I spent six weeks in Montmartre, Paris. Her sister kindly lent her tiny flat to us. Cafes, markets, cooking, drinking, the odd gallery - pretty much what we enjoy doing at home but in Paris, so much better.
AND THE BEST HOTEL YOU'VE STAYED IN?
During that holiday, we hopped on the Eurostar across to London and stayed at the Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair. We had the most extraordinary few days in a suite overlooking the park. What makes this boutique hotel so special is that they want you to feel at home. The level of service was like nothing else.
WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS TAKE WITH YOU?
Wife. Corkscrew. Camera.
WHAT'S YOUR BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE?
In France and Italy, rent an apartment and a car. Take the opportunity to discover the surrounding townships; there's a wonderful sameness about them but they're all slightly different, as are their markets. Buy your own produce each day, then come home and have a play in the kitchen. Resist the pressure to do too much. It's like chit-chat at a party: one long conversation is always more rewarding. And you can learn a lot by sitting in a cafe.
AND YOUR WORST EXPERIENCE ON HOLIDAY?
Losing my passport just after September 11 when security was incredibly tight everywhere. I got off the plane at Rome airport and realised an hour later that I'd left my passport on the plane . . . Fortunately the passport was retrieved, but I spent about two hours panicking and consequently missed my connecting flight.
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?
Parts of Croatia sound interesting and beautiful.
Brett Climo stars in A Place to Call Home, which airs Sundays at 8.30pm on Channel Seven.