Peter Jon Lindberg's 'New Grand Tour' [March] was areal treat. There is nothing like immersion in anotherculture to give you a true sense of your own identity—allthe more reason to travel the world while you're young.

Travel + Leisure
June 12, 2009

His descriptions of nomadic life on the rails—meeting new people, sleeping in cramped couchettes, dealing with labor strikes—took me back to my own three-month Eurail adventure at the age of 19, some 30 years ago. Even after all that time, many memories are still fresh, but Lindberg's story revived some long-forgotten details that made me smile. I felt as if I were there all over again.

Walla Walla Wonderful
Years ago I fell in love in Walla Walla over a bottle of L'Ecole Chardonnay, so I feel a personal attachment to this rural Northwestern enclave. Yet I hesitated before reading "America's Latest Vintage" by Bruce Schoenfeld [March] because I assumed he would make backhanded generalizations about Podunk life in the town. I was impressed, however, with how he described its sleepy existence. He managed to capture the romantic flavor that's often missed by those who merely pass through. Thank you for doing justice to Walla Walla (and the people who love it).

What's in Store
"Country Chic" [March], Mitchell Owens's piece about shopping in Litchfield County, Connecticut, failed to mention J. Seitz & Co. With its vast selection of new clothing, folk art, antiques, and home furnishings, this charming one-stop shop deserves to be on anyone's list.

J. Seitz, which sells a wide range of clothing and articles for the home, was not included because the story focused on small specialty shops in the area.

Celebrating Sydney
I recently returned from my first trip to Sydney, which was made all the more enjoyable by Emma Sloley's recommendations in "Sydney Steps Out" [February]. Dinner at Billy Kwong was the best way I could have imagined to ring in the Year of the Rooster, and I caught some fabulous sales in the whimsical boutiques along Oxford Street in Paddington. Thanks for putting this guide together in time for a mid-winter getaway.

While in London on business last summer, I escaped to the Mediterranean for a weekend of sun and relaxation at the Hotel Caesar Augustus [4 Via G. Orlandi, Anacapri; 39-081/837-3395;; doubles from $430]. My suite was spectacular—Doric columns supporting sweeping archways, bright tiled floors, a whirlpool tub, freshly cut flowers—but the best part of the stay was watching the sun set over the Bay of Naples from my private terrace, limoncello in hand. And the cliffside infinity pool, surrounded by fragrant cypress trees, had all the right amenities: fluffy towels, great food (pizza, insalata caprese), refreshing cocktails, and a charming attendant to bring it all to your chaise longue.

For members of Exclusive Resorts ("Home Away from Home," February), usage is not restricted to 60 nights a year; additional nights can be purchased.

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