My dream destination: Kirsty Manning, author

MY ONE DREAM DESTINATION IS STILL

Paris, for the history, the Haussmann-style apartments, the eclectic wine bars. I particular love the Left Bank bohemian vibe around Saint-Germain-des-Pres with the galleries, fashion boutiques, bookshops and quirky cafes. I'll always visit the Brocante markets and I admire the nonchalance of the locals: from the hint of a red lip to the toss of a scarf over the shoulder.

WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER I'M DREAMING OF VISITING 

Morocco. I've never been, and I'm dreaming about Marrakesh. I've been doing a lot of reading about the mid-century vibe there. After all this time at home, I want to shock my senses: to breathe different air, soak in a different culture. I'll visit the spice markets, the desert, the famous paradise gardens, the fabric stalls, the basket weavers and carpet-makers, the food – but most of all, talk to the local people.

MY DREAM TRAVEL BUBBLE DESTINATION IS 

Japan – Okinawa, to be exact. I'm keen to soak up the tropical temperatures and see that coastline. Also, it's a "Blue Zone" (regions where a large percentage of people live to a long age),  so naturally, I want to meet the people, observe their lifestyle and try the local fish and vegetable dishes. It just looks like a magical place.

MY DREAM DOMESTIC DESTINATION IS

Monkey Mia, Western Australia. I'm heading into a Melbourne winter – so that azure warm ocean filled with happy dolphins looks appealing. I had a poster of a dolphin from Monkey Mia on my wall as a kid but haven't managed to get there yet.

MY DREAM DOMESTIC TRIP SO FAR HAS BEEN 

Maybe Far North Queensland with my family. We camped at Cape Tribulation and did a lot of hiking, horse riding and swimming in inland (croc-free) waterholes. But also, you can't go past the remote beaches of eastern Tasmania. They are pristine. Weather permitting, we sail in on my brother-in-law's yacht, light a fire on the beach and eat the fish, crayfish and abalone we've caught that day.

Best-selling author Kirsty Manning is also partner in the award-winning Melbourne wine bar Bellota and the Prince Wine Store in Melbourne and Sydney,. Her latest novel is The French Gift (Allen & Unwin, $32.99). See allenandunwin.com

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