The Pleasures of Paris
I just returned from my umpteenth trip to the City of Light, so I was curious to read “T+L’s Guide to Secret Paris” [Alexandra Marshall, September]. I agree completely with the author’s recommendation of La Mosquée, in the Fifth Arrondissement. I discovered it a few years ago and find it entirely charming on every visit. But her mention of “so-so couscous” is, at least for me and my fellow travelers, inaccurate—we had one of our most memorable meals there (and that’s saying a lot in that city). —Myra Rudin, New York, N.Y.
Drinking It All In
Bruce Schoenfeld is right about wine tours. Well-run trips are convenient, and even “experts” can learn a lot. We’ve had great experiences in Italy with La Dolce Vita Tours (dolcetours.com; five-night tours from $2,995). They also offer more balanced wine/exercise/cooking/culture tours—the kind we’re most likely to take in the future. —Art Schuetz, Henderson, Nev.
I read your article “How to Avoid Baggage Fees” [Andrea Bennett, September] with interest, because my personal opinion differs from the norm: I think airlines should charge for large carry-ons rather than checked baggage. I always check, and (knock on wood) have never lost luggage. Overhead bins are crammed. If I had my way, more flights would leave as scheduled, and airlines wouldn’t have to inflate their flight times to make their on-time arrivals look better (oh, yes, I’ve noticed). —Kathy Goering, Windsor, Colo.
Order of the Day
Your magazine reads a bit like a menu of travel options, and maybe that’s why Bruno Maddox’s “The Allure of Restaurant Menus” [July] appealed to me. I love menus, and am often loath to give them up (even when I want to talk to the person I’m dining with!) Sometimes I delude myself that I’ll even try cooking some of the items I didn’t get to try. Maddox hits the nail on the head when he explains why menus do, and should, “inspire us to indecision.” —Vicki Klutt, Halton Hills, Ontario
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lynn Yaeger’s “Shopping for Classic Hollywood Memorabilia” [September]. As a frequent L.A. visitor and an avid memorabilia shopper (like Yaeger), I wanted to add one store to her list: Baby Jane of Hollywood, for great and campy photos, autographs, and Hollywood ephemera. —Paul J. Williams, Dallas, Tex.
Hot Topic: Heavy Baggage
Mark Orwoll’s Smart Traveler column “How to Buy Lost Luggage Bargains” (September) hit a nerve with travelers everywhere. Below, tips from T+L readers.
Do Look Now
Airlines aren’t the only reason bags go missing—keep an eye on the overhead bin where you stash your carry-on, particularly if you’re not seated near it. —Jenene Schafenacker, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
Scan the airport destinations on each of your luggage tags—I once had bags meant for Houston (IAH) end up in Hyannis, Massachusetts (HYA). —Harlan A. Bentzinger, Edinburg, Tex.
While waiting in line to check bags, snap a photo of them. If they’re lost, you’ll know all the details, including type, size of bag, and color. —Mimi Bailey, Greenville, S.C.