In his August article about Israel's White City ['Re-Modernizing Tel Aviv'], Michael Z. Wise writes that some Israelis are against restoring the city's Bauhaus buildings, calling it 'a luxury that the country can ill afford.'
Israel certainly has pressing social problems, as well as high security costs from protracted armed conflict with its neighbors, but preserving architectural gems is not a luxury. Just think of San Francisco, where thousands of ?Victorian houses were torn down; it wasn't until years later that residents realized these places had intrinsic value. Tel Aviv has a lot to learn from San Francisco's experience.
—ESTHER HECHT, JERUSALEM
During a recent trip through southern France, my husband and I followed the recommendation of Christopher Petkanas ["Making Nice," May] and had dinner at Lou Pistou in Nice's Old Town. This unassuming restaurant was a highlight for us on the Riviera. From start to finish, the meal was excellent, but we especially enjoyed the lightly fried zucchini flowers and savory tomato pesto. Though we spoke no French, the staff was more than hospitable. Many thanks to Mr. Petkanas for this find.
—TERRY HUSHER, CENTERVILLE, OHIO
A Spotty Dalmatia
As a Croatian living in New York City, it's exciting to see the surge of interest in my home country, but I was disappointed with "Croat d'Azure" in your August issue. The photography fails miserably to convey the place your author describes as "so relentlessly gorgeous it makes your eyes ache." The images of the Dubrovnik shore are cropped in so tightly that all you see are plastic lounge chairs. Are you sure your photographer didn't get lost somewhere on Staten Island?
—GORAN SALINDRIJA, NEW YORK, N.Y.
I read with pleasure Michael Gross's article about the hidden islands of Italy [July]. He was right on the mark. From the clear waters to the warm people to the near total absence of tourists, Lampedusa and the Aeolian Islands off Sicily's coast are as close to paradiso as you can get.
—TINO FINCATO, VIA E-MAIL
There's the Rub
After reading "Southern Comforts" [April], I spent a week at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island spa. With its sophisticated Southern elegance and casual vibe—not to mention the ocean view from my oversized bathtub—it was bliss at the beach.
—LYNN PRODEN, UNIONTOWN, PA.
WRITE TO US! E-mail letters to the editor and Readers' Finds to TLeditor@aexp.com or through our Web site at www.travelandleisure.com, fax them to 800/926-1748, or mail them to Letters, Travel + Leisure, 1120 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Letters chosen for publication may be edited for clarity and space.
35TH-ANNIVERSARY PHOTO CONTEST
Win a Nikon D50 digital SLR camera and be eligible for the grand prize, a seven-night stay at One & Only Palmilla in San José del Cabo, Mexico, plus two round-trip first-class tickets on Alaska Airlines.
T+L WINNER Congratulations to David Fokos of San Diego, whose Do Not Disturb sign entry (below) won him a stay at 6 Columbus in New York City.