Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina
I was with Peter Jon Lindberg every step of the way on his thrilling trek through Salta, Argentina [January]. Awe-inspiring landscapes, vibrant culture, “soul-reviving” food: Salta seems to have it all. If I ever make it there, I’ll be sure to take Mr. Lindberg’s advice and try the locro pumpkin stew. —Stephen Sherman, Wallingford, Conn.
My family and I traveled that California route—from Lone Pine to Bishop, then on to Mammoth Lakes—numerous times for fishing trips throughout my teenage years. While I enjoyed “Driving California's Eastern Sierra Nevada” [December], I was disappointed that there was no mention of June Lake, a quaint town that transitions from a fishing spot in spring and summer to a skiing destination in winter. But it provides much more than that—people are drawn to the area simply because of its natural beauty. —Shane Solorza, Whittier, Calif.
Magic of Venice
Under the spell—I don’t know any better words to describe how “Christmas in Venice” [December] makes you feel. It’s easy to see why this city appeals to Peter Weller, as he whiles away the days—sipping espresso, strolling over bridges and through piazzas, hopping on and off water taxis—with no particular plan in mind. My wife and I are preparing to visit Venice for the first time in May, and after I finished Mr. Weller’s story, I just had to read it again to her aloud. —Joseph Chiba, Honolulu, Hawaii
“Speaking the Language” [December] brought back memories of my own feeble attempts to learn a language, as a teacher, when two Vietnamese children were assigned to my first-grade class. How difficult could it be? I thought. My attempts to communicate did not produce the desired effect, but it did make them laugh a lot. It wasn’t until much later that I learned about the importance of tone in imparting the correct meaning. Hmm...I wonder what I said to those poor children? —Donna Widera, Rochester, N.Y.
The generosity suggested in “T+L's Guide to Tipping 2011” [December] is understandable when one considers that the experts featured have a vested interest in larger tips—it means they can reduce their employees’ base salaries. For example, if a restroom attendant is tipped $2 per visit, and 100 guests use the restroom in a shift, the attendant makes $200 per day, tax-free. In the U.S., that is well over the average income; in Asia it would make the attendant one of the highest paid employees in the hotel. —Joe Gonzalez, via e-mail
Hot Topic: Silver-Screen Gems
Readers of “World’s Coolest Movie Theaters” [TravelandLeisure.com, December] prove that, even in the digital age, passion for the cinema is alive and well.
Celebrating Salem: You forgot the lovely, hip Salem Cinema, in Salem, Oregon. It’s been in business for 30 years, but recently expanded from its single-screen location to a gorgeous three-screen venue on Broadway Street. It shows only the best in art-house, foreign, and independent films. —TravelandLeisure.com member MovieLover
A Brattle Prattle: I love the list, but you left out one of my favorites: the Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There is no cooler place in the Boston area, and we love its balcony for practically any feature that comes along. —TravelandLeisure.com member popcornnroses
It’s Electric? London’s Electric Cinema [featured] is massively overpriced and uncomfortable, and the screen is tiny! —TravelandLeisure.com member Getyourfactsright
Dinner and a Movie: What, no mention of the Smitty’s Cinema chain in New England? Prices are reasonable, and you can dine on real food from a real menu (appetizers, salads, entrées, and sandwiches) while you watch. —TravelandLeisure.com member PJinNH