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I adore travel and discovering new places. On my last trip to Europe, I made it my objective to go to places that I'd missed when I was living in the UK. Prague: such majestic grandeur; I adore being absorbed by the history of the "old towns" in places like this; love the heritage and the way their integrity has been honoured and preserved. Montenegro: such a glorious place, an hour away from Dubrovnik. I went there in winter with one of my best friends and we just had such a gorgeous time. The people, the food, the coastline, just absolutely beautiful and now one of my favourite places. New Year's Eve in Venice was a particular highlight. Venice turns into a huge masquerade party, which was incredible to be a part of, it was just magical.

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When I was acting in London in the early 2000s, I used to take any opportunity between plays to run away to Europe and explore a new place for a few days. One particular time, I took the opportunity to go to Rome and went three days ahead of a group of friends I was meeting there. I arrived, armed with my Lonely Planet and I eventually managed to find a hotel that had a vacancy but on the way to the centre of Rome on the underground - holding my pack in front of me and my handbag wound carefully around me in such a way that no one could get to it without me noticing - I became aware that a couple of people were standing very close to me. Looking back now, I had "tourist" written all over me, but as they stepped off the train at one stop, the words of a London friend rang in my ears . . . "you'll never know you've been pick pocketed until you look for what's been taken". I looked at them walking away on the platform, noticed another passenger grinning at me and realised they'd pick-pocketed me and he'd watched it happen without saying anything. Sure enough, my handbag was open and my wallet was gone. I still don't know how they did it, but I'm a feisty Taurus so I got off at the next stop and went back to the station . . . my anger fuelling my determination to find them and get my wallet back. I didn't of course, but it took a lot of gelato that day to calm down and wasn't a pleasant start to my first day in Italy!

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Jacqueline Nairn stars in Anahera at Wellington's Circa Theatre until October 7. She'll also be in the new season of The Brokenwood Mysteries, returning to Prime later this year.