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Letters | September 2009

Kudos to Sophy Roberts for her superb article on Ladakh. I first came to know the region while reading Ancient Futures by Helena Norberg-Hodge, the Swedish-American linguist who put this nook of a place on the map. She wrote about traditional Ladakhi culture versus encroaching Western consumerism, brilliantly conveying the dynamic tension between the two worlds. Roberts captures this aspect just as well, if not better. —Robert Doriss, Watkins, Colo.

Melting Point

I beg to differ with Tom Austin’s definition of a frappe as “Yankee for milk shake,” as he wrote in your story about ice cream shops. Any true New Englander knows that a frappe and a milk shake are two entirely different things. A frappe has ice cream in it, and a milk shake does not. The latter is just what is says it is—shaken milk, with some syrup. —Barbara Mee, Londonderry, N.H.

From Deauville to D-Day

How did Michael Gross manage to not mention the 9,387 American soldiers buried a stone’s throw from Deauville, France, nor list the D-day cemetery as a point of interest? His trip wouldn’t have been possible without their sacrifices. —Tom Green, Littleton, Colo.

I was shocked that your Deauville article included the Bayeux Tapestry Museum but not the D-day beaches nearby. I hope this was an oversight and not an intentional omission. —Paul B. Schaeffer, Chula Vista, Calif.

Editor’s Note: We can understand your response, but the focus of this piece was on the resort towns of the Côte Fleurie. For more T+L articles on Normandy with information about the D-day beaches, cemeteries, and memorials, go to travelandleisure.com.

P-Town Pride

I’m not sure if we should be thanking you, but your July cover story revealed my family’s number one secret. Every July we leave L.A. to luxuriate in the East End of Provincetown, on Massachusetts’s famous tidal bay. You’re right: while the town center is a scene, the harbor is nirvana. —Neil Baker, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Like Boca, Less Grande

I was astonished to see Boca Grande, Florida, in your article on “affordable” beach towns; locals joke that its billionaires are squeezing out its millionaires. If you want to visit a truly affordable gulf town, head to nearby Englewood. There you can feast on freshly caught seafood for less than $50 for two, stay in a charming beachfront inn for less than $110 a night, and enjoy the same beautiful blue-green water that laps the shores of Boca Grande. —Karen Hamilton, North Port, Fla.

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Reader’s Find: Scotland

My husband and I recently returned from a monthlong holiday—two weeks on a transatlantic cruise followed by two weeks traveling with friends in the U.K. After touring Southampton, Cornwall, Wales, and Chester, the highlight was Hamish’s Restaurant (dinner for two $81), run by husband and wife Greig and Alice Ramsay in a tiny village outside of Perthshire, Scotland. It was there that we experienced the best meal of our trip. The menu is both local and seasonal—I had a goat-cheese appetizer, an entrée of pancetta-wrapped salmon with baby asparagus, and a trio of chocolate desserts. Weeks later, we’re still talking about it. —Susan Schultz, Fayetteville, Tex.

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