After spending 10 amazing days at a cooking school in southern Italy, I was overjoyed to read Travel + Leisure's May issue ["The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Schools" by Shane Mitchell; "Europe Made Easy" by various authors]. Learning to prepare authentic Italian food on the Amalfi Coast at Mami Camilla's bed-and-breakfast [39-081/878-2067; www.mamicamilla.com] was a dream fulfilled. The warmth of her family will remain with me always—it was like having my own Italian relatives!
—ILENE ROSS, CINCINNATI, OHIO
Eye on America
In her Update article on airport security ["Global Airport Security," May], Barbara Benham writes, "Given the United States' reputation as a unilateral aggressor, cooperating with other countries to improve global airport security standards will require more diplomatic finesse than ever." I find the comment highly politicized and detrimental to what most Americans regard as the responsibility of our government: to protect its citizens.
—ROBERT W. COSHLAND, VENTURA, CALIF.
Many thanks to Henry Alford! His trip to Palm Beach ["Palm Beach Weekend," February] inspired my parents and me to stay at the Colony hotel, where the staff graciously handled our myriad requests and the housekeepers always had extra chocolate on hand. The assistant manager personally delivered my father's forgotten wallet to us at the airport—just in the nick of time. The Colony is not a hotel; it's a family.
—STEPHANIE STOYANOFF, WASHINGTON, D.C.
On the Right Track
I share Richard Alleman's enthusiasm for train travel ["The Rail Deal," April], and I often pine for the comfort and convenience of the trains I rode while living in Germany. The time has long since passed to address the need for high-speed train travel in the United States. We will have to overcome highway and airline lobbies to do so, but progress never comes easy.
—RAY C. LAWRENCE, HOUSTON, TEX.
As a frequent visitor to our nation's capital, I am disgusted by how the landscape of Washington, D.C., has been transformed because of security concerns, a development addressed by Michael Z. Wise in the April issue ["A Capital Offense?"]. Jersey barriers are everywhere and large areas of the Mall have been fenced off. The city's grand beauty has been irrevocably altered.
—DIANNE WOODS, UPPER MARLBORO, MD.
READER'S FIND VERMONT
In April my husband and I revisited the hotel where we spent our honeymoon 10 years ago. The 1899 Victorian Thatcher Brook Inn [Rte. 100, Waterbury; 800/292-5911; www.thatcherbrook.com; doubles from $80] was a fantastic change from the all-inclusive Caribbean resorts we usually go to. The new owners were extremely welcoming; they even tracked down a guide to take us horseback riding. Plus, the inn is right next door to the Ben & Jerry's factory—need I say more?
—CHRISTY HIND, SICKLERVILLE, N.J.
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