Letters | October 2010

Letters | October 2010

An Affair to Remember

Thank you so much for Simon Doonan’s beautifully written article on Capri, Italy. I began visiting the island in my twenties and fell in love with the glamour, fashion, and relaxed lifestyle. As a patient liaison in the hospice field, I often need downtime. I try to get to Capri once a year, but for the times I can’t, I just close my eyes and picture the sea, the fabulous food, and the atmosphere that can only be described as “decadent.” —Dana Vigilante, Nutley, N.J.

Chew on This

What a delicious Food and Travel issue you served up in July! I can’t remember the last time I spent an afternoon devouring an entire magazine—articles, ads, all of it. The only missing pieces were some palate-tickling recipes. Thank you for the tastes and great writing. Carry on! —Diane M. Williams, Bellevue, Wash.

Memory Lane

As a new subscriber, I eagerly opened your August issue expecting to read about marvelous summer getaways. Instead, what consumed me was Peter Jon Lindberg’s elegiac ode to the London of his youth. I, too, spent my 20th year there; I even worked briefly in a Soho pub. Like Lindberg’s, my London was gritty but real, suffering through the blighted 70’s. Unlike him, I never returned, but who knows? I’m still in touch with my film-school chums—maybe it’s finally time to revisit the old Crown & Anchor, in Covent Garden (or the wine bar that’s likely replaced it). Thanks for the wonderful essay. —Mary Ryan, Seattle, Wash.

New York, I Love You

How could you label New Yorkers as the least friendly in your online feature “America’s Best Cities for Singles”? I’m a lifetime New Yorker and proud to say we’re very friendly. Don’t mistake outspokenness for unfriendliness. —Deborah Messer, New York, N.Y.

Editor’s Note: Rankings in our annual America’s Favorite Cities survey were determined by voters at TravelandLeisure.com. We encourage you to vote online next spring and tip the scales in New York’s favor!

Picture Perfect

Your August cover brought back warm memories of what is perhaps my family’s favorite hotel, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. I wish I’d known you were planning to use the scene—I took this shot recently (my daughter is posing in the background). Aloha and mahalo! —David Feinbloom, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Hot Topic: On the Road Again

Our Web-exclusive story “America’s Strangest Roadside Attractions” (August) fueled a conversation at TravelandLeisure.com. Below, select comments.


Why weren’t the dinosaurs at Cabazon, California, mentioned? They’ve been there since the 60’s and had a starring role in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.TravelandLeisure.com member CastleDoc

Pull Over Now

Don’t forget Carhenge, in Alliance, Nebraska. It is fabulous!! —TravelandLeisure.com member Jeannief

Stringing Us Along

We’ve seen Lucy, the New Jersey elephant, but the giant ball of twine is definitely on our bucket list. —TravelandLeisure.com member GoBIGorGoHome

Reader’s Find: Secret Scotland

My daughter and I recently discovered the antidote to overpriced U.K. hotels: Wolsey Lodges, a group of luxurious B&B’s. We stayed just beyond central Edinburgh at Windmill House (doubles from $235, including breakfast), a Georgian home tucked away on a private hill near the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The charming hosts, Michael and Vivien Scott, put us in a huge, antiques-filled bedroom with an elegant bath and large windows looking out to the Water of Leith. It was our little secret (even some local cab drivers had yet to discover it), but too good to keep from you. —Carol Gamm, Montclair, N.J.

T+L Asks: If You Could Travel with Anyone in the World, Alive or Dead, Who Would it Be—and Where Would You Go?

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

Anywhere in Europe with my husband. But can we bring Anthony Bourdain and his Italian wife, Ottavia? —Debra Lutzow

Fantastic question! I’d go to Morocco with Henri Matisse to see what would inspire him to create in other cultures. —Diane Hughes, New York, N.Y.

Straight to Louisiana, with James Lee Burke in New Iberia and Louis Prima in New Orleans. —Angela Scarpaci Guizar

New Zealand with my husband and Lucy Lawless. —Lisa Laval Shealy

Exploring the trails, waterfalls, vistas, and valleys of Yosemite National Park with naturalist John Muir. —Nate Breeding

Michelle Obama. Anywhere! —Regina Bee

Michael J. Fox, to Hill Valley in 1955. Great Scott! —Joe Butch, West Palm Beach, Fla.

I’d go to the Seychelles while collaborating with William Shakespeare on another grand sonnet or play. —Susan T. Aragon, New Jersey

I’d take Jimmy Buffett to that “one particular harbour” or anywhere with sun and sand. —Kelly Smith, Severn, Md.

Paul Newman, to wherever he’d take me. —Jelena Ilic Kuamoo

Paris and Havana with Hemingway. —Meg Grace, Charlotte, N.C.

Burbank and Anaheim, California, and Orlando, Florida, with Mr. Walt Disney. —Rusty Mcneal

Betty White, to Vegas. She would be a blast! —Esparza Vanessa

Coming Next Month In T+L Asks: What’s your No. 1 tip for staying healthy on the road?

The T+L Hit List

The most-visited destinations on TravelandLeisure.com/trips in the past year.

1. Côte d’Azur
2. Hong Kong
3. Maine
4. Chicago
5. Italy
6. Istanbul
7. France
8. Ann Arbor, Mich.
9. The Caribbean
10. Thailand

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