Letters | July 2007
The state of Wyoming as described by Gini Alhadeff in "True West" [April] is such a fun place to visit in the summertime. Like the friendly city of Thermopolis, neighboring towns such as Wind River Canyon, Yellowstone, Cody, and Sheridan all have plenty to offer. For a true Western experience, I recommend stopping by the Fourth of July parade and rodeo in Ten Sleep, then heading back to the White Horse Country Store in Thermopolis to browse among leather McCall saddles and pick up woven lariats and tooled-leather items, which make perfect gifts. Also, the life-size white plastic horse out front is worth seeing, if only for a photo op. —Lisa Mischke and Tom Harner, Lincoln, Nebr.
A Dutch Renaissance
I was surprised to learn that political tensions are so strongly felt in Amsterdam ["New Voices in the Netherlands," May], but was even more fascinated to read about the momentum in fashion and music that is helping to ease these divisions. Change often emerges when a society is confronted with adversity, and I am pleased that during these rigid times, Amsterdam is becoming a modern-day hotbed of the arts. —Colin Robertson, New York, N.Y.
The Hotel-Ratings Matrix
Thank you for the "Guide to the Stars" [Strategies, May] chart. I’ve experienced great two-star and horrible four-star hotels all over Europe, so it’s encouraging to know that I am not alone in thinking that the rating systems are hard to interpret. The guide clarified things for me, and I will use it when planning my next vacation. —Marisa Weisel, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Europe’s Local Flavor
I loved reading Anya von Bremzen’s tantalizing food descriptions in "Tastes of Europe" [May]. As a well-traveled foodie, I think that a big part of any trip is discovering off-the-radar restaurants and bars; for me, the best way to do this is by getting to know the locals. Sometimes it takes a little courage, but it’s possible to unearth the best secrets in town and maybe even find yourself in a new friend’s kitchen, relishing an authentic, home-cooked meal. —Micah Rubin, New York, N.Y.
Correction The description of the wine production technique at Pio Cesare winery, in Monforte d’Alba, Italy ["The Best Wine in the World?" May], contained an error, caused by an unintentional deletion. Winemaker Pio Boffa’s use of large wooden casks, rather than smaller barriques, imparts less oak flavor.
Reader’s Find Morocco
Moroccan hospitality is at its best at Dar Nilam [28 Iotiseement Tingis; 212-39/301-146; darnilam.com; doubles from $115], a B&B in Tangier. The personable young hosts, Rachid and Faty El Amrani, offer fine Moroccan cuisine at very affordable prices. Rose petals and fresh flowers adorn the spacious rooms, and guests pass camels and Portuguese ruins on the way to the beach, which faces the Straits of Gibraltar. —Linda Kirkpatrick, Evergreen, Colo.