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Letters | May 2011

Sensational India

Andrea Fazzari’s photographs of India [March] transported me to Hyderabad the moment I turned to the opening page. I love the colors of the city and the minarets at the Charminar. With each successive page, I seemed to inhale cardamom and spicy chiles; I heard the sounds of tuk-tuks in the busy streets; and I was overwhelmed by the enchanting buzz of the city. These were photographs for all five senses. —Margaret Dylan, Las Vegas, Nev.

Ghosts of Dublin

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed “Surprising Dublin” [February], but we were wondering why you did not include a visit to Kilmainham Gaol, west of the city center. We were brought to tears when we saw the prison cells where the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were held prior to their executions, and read the heart-wrenching letters they wrote just hours before their deaths at the hands of a firing squad. This is a must-see for all visitors to Dublin. —Kim and Denis Heimerich, Albuquerque, N.M.

Editor’s Note: We agree Kilmainham Gaol is worth a visit, and have covered it in previous stories on Dublin. For a guide to the city, visit TravelandLeisure.com/travel-guide/dublin.

Café Culture Watch

After reading “Saving the Vienna Coffee Houses,” I agree that the closing of Café Servus is a great loss. But there is good news: Café Schopenhauer, another coffeehouse, was renovated and reopened last year as Schopenhauer 3.0 by a new, young team. The traditional style has not been abandoned but updated—it has the feeling of a classic Kaffeehaus of the 21st century. —Travelandleisure.com member skydings

Sin City Salute

“Your Big Fat Las Vegas Food Adventure” [February] was fantastic. Never before have I had to pause while reading to sprint to the refrigerator out of necessity. Peter Jon Lindberg succeeded in making me feel as if I had been with him through 47 Las Vegas restaurants in 79 hours. From delicatessens to pizzerias to burger joints, his larger-than-life writing style made a ravenous reader out of me. —Elizabeth Nash, Boston, Mass.

A Fine Farewell

I was struck by “History of the Stewardess” [February]. I grew up in the age of the propeller aircraft, and well remember the watershed moment of change that came for me on a United Airlines flight between Washington, D.C., and Chicago in the 1960’s. The pretty “stewardess” served her section and started to work the cabin, chatting with the passengers. She remarked, “With the jets arriving rapidly, it just won’t be the same,” and indeed it wasn’t. —Gene Lassers, Lakewood, Calif.

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