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Letters | July 2011

May Charleston article part of mail July layout.

Photo: Lars Klove

Hot Topic: Island Fever

The secret’s out: readers of T+L’s “Best Secret Islands on Earth” (print and online, May) had mixed feelings when they saw their favorite private getaways on the list.

More Mauritius

Mauritius is probably the most beautiful island on the planet. It’s even called the paradise of the Indian Ocean. —TravelandLeisure.com member jumbolaya

Cast Away

Phew—just ran through the slideshow and none of my own secret islands were there. Many of them are in Indonesia—where there are more than 17,500 islands to explore. —TravelandLeisure.com member DeweyVanderhoff

Island Time

Man, too many islands and too little time! —TravelandLeisure.com member MikeKennedy

Reader’s Find: Detour: Dungarvan

“Andrew McCarthy's Road Trip in Ireland” [May] brought back memories of our own experience in Dungarvan, Ireland, 10 years ago. We stayed at the cheery Seaview Guesthouse (Pulla; 35-3/584-1583; doubles from $100), overlooking the bay. Our hostess there recommended that we visit a nearby “fairy tree” close to an area with unusual gravitational properties in the Comeragh Mountains. It was easy to find, being the only tree in sight, and when we stopped on a slight slope, we put the car into neutral. Slowly, the car began to back up the hill, and soon picked up speed. Near the top of the rise it came to a stop, and a glass of water left on the hood confirmed that this was no illusion. —Dan and Cheryl Forrest, Burnsville, Minn.

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T+L Asks: If you could design your own culinary tour, where would you go and what would you eat?

These are just a few of the responses posted on our Facebook wall (facebook.com/TravelandLeisure) and tweeted to us (@TravlandLeisure). To see more, “like” Travel + Leisure on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

On a boat in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, for freshly caught fish dipped in salt, pepper, and lime juice. —Aliza Augustine, via Facebook

Provence, for goat cheese, vegetables, fruits, rosemary, laurel, thyme—and wine from the Rhône Valley. —Gina Trevier, via Facebook

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