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Letters | April 2010

Czech-Ing In

Maria Shollenbarger’s article on Prague made me wish to return to my grandparents’ homeland. The last time I visited, in the early nineties, the area was still quite poor. There weren’t many great stores, and the hotel and food selection was very limited—the InterContinental Prague had a banner announcing Prague’s first salad bar. But the Czechs have spirit. It’s wonderful to hear that they’re doing such a great job of bringing life to the city. —Barbara Stokey, Virginia Beach, Va.

World’s Best Inn

I was so happy to see the Inn at Little Washington on your list of the world’s best hotels. Instead of going to the Caribbean, my husband and I decided to stay closer to home this fall, and so we booked two nights there. With whimsical rooms designed to look like an English country manor’s and afternoon tea served in our own personal garden that had views of Virginia’s Shenandoah Mountains, it was as warm and relaxing as any tropical beach. —Nina, Washington, D.C.

Travel Extra?

Gail Simmons looks fabulous in her “Travel Uniform.” But at $7,859.79, I wish that outfit included a plane ticket! —Beckie Kuhl, Brigantine, N.J.

Editor’s note: “Travel Uniform” was meant to offer ideas. As is often the case, jewelry can be a lifetime investment. Without it, the total cost of Gail Simmons’s outfit (including what’s in her bag) was $1,461.79.

Unsouvenir Aficionado

I agree with Erik Torkells—why not bring back something from your travels that you can cherish and use? For me, it all began with a truffle slicer from Rome. Next, I found a copper cataplana dish in Lisbon. Then I scoured markets in Oaxaca, Mexico, for brightly painted, carved wood bobble-head animals—locals use them as earthquake forecasters, and the turkeys make delightful Thanksgiving decorations. No T-shirts for me! —Anita Bertin Degreen, Avon Lake, Ohio

Reader’s Find: A Mexican Bistro in the City of Light

While living in Paris last year, I discovered Fajitas (dinner for two $82), a Mexican restaurant in the heart of St.-Germain-des-Prés. It may seem an unlikely cuisine for one of Paris’s quaintest quartiers, but young French people go absolutely crazy over it—the place is always packed. Miguel, the chef and owner, hails from Mexico and offers an impressive menu of his country’s classics. With the help of his American wife, Amy, he sources ingredients both from Mexico and from Parisian farmers’ markets for excellent quesadillas, taquitos, enchiladas, burritos, ceviche, and (yes) fajitas. With its rough stone walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and charming location just steps from the Seine, Fajitas has the bustle of a French bistro while offering locals a spicy alternative to coq au vin and crêpes. Plus, it has a great wine list—and the city’s best margarita. —Alexander Boutin, Portland, Maine


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