My partner and I are planning a trip to Montreal, and as twentysomethings just starting out in the work world, we need to be frugal. So I was excited to see that the city was featured in "Vacations that Stretch Your Dollar" on March 25 — until I saw that you advised eating at restaurants charging upward of $40 a person or where prices for a starter and entree “plummet” to $25 at 10 p.m. I’d like to know in what world a $40-per-person dinner is “stretching a dollar”? In an article about traveling on a budget, I expect to see recommendations for great places to eat at $15 to $20 per person or less. Even if your magazine caters to people so affluent that $40 plus is an inexpensive price for a meal, please don’t misrepresent that kind of spending as truly traveling frugally.
Heather Backman / Manchester, New Hampshire
I enjoyed Daniel McGinn’s “Hooked on Snorkeling” article in the March 25 issue. However, I wondered why he left out the US Virgin Islands? The water is crystal clear and warm in February, it is a US territory, the people speak English and use US currency, and JetBlue has a Boston-to-St. Thomas nonstop flight. St. John has a National Park that covers more than half of the island. The best snorkeling is on the north shore, where Francis Bay, Maho Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Bay, and other venues all hold special treats of tropical fish and coral. The south shore is very dry, but Salt Pond and Haulover Bay are great alternatives when the wind whips up the water on the north side. We have snorkeled at St. Thomas, in Puerto Rico, and off Cancun, Mexico, and Aruba, but like St. John the best.
Bob Gallagher / Chelmsford
Time to Cook
Thanks very much to Adam Reid for his fun, informative cooking articles each week in the Globe Magazine. I always find his articles informative and appropriate for the particular Sunday they are published. For example, a set of great brunch dishes on Mother’s Day, delicious-sounding barbecue dishes on Father’s Day, and perfect appetizers and drinks for the Season 5 premiere of Mad Men (Cooking, March 25). However, when I read his articles on the day of these events, it’s too late for me to go shopping. Would he ever consider writing these articles for publication the week before the events? If today’s Mad Men recipes were in the magazine a week earlier, I would have been able to make the meatballs (which sound delicious!) for dinner. Thankfully, we did have the ingredients and time for the shrimp canapes and whiskey sours!
Jennifer Borhegyi / Newton
A Dickens of a Story
What a wonderfully engaging story, “When Dickens Came to Boston” (March 18). I was not aware that Charles Dickens had made this historic 1842 visit, and Sandra A. Miller did an excellent job of taking the reader on a trip through time. How great it is to know that such a renowned author loved Boston so much.
Erin Wallace / Amherst, New Hampshire
The first anniversary of my sister’s death is drawing near, and Joanna Lovinger’s Connections essay about her evolving relationship with her sister in the March 11 Globe Magazine made me smile and cringe at the same time. I was the older by several years, and not proud of the torment I am sure I inflicted on the innocent, trusting, and (then) naive child who shared my room. In spite of this, I found myself the recipient of a forgiveness and acceptance from my grown-up little sister for which I feel woefully undeserving. Her generosity to my family and to me was a reminder of the love that had developed between us over the years. I have had the better part of a year to relive the relationship I shared with my sister. Like Lovinger, I am sure of the place I had in her life. I know the regard we had for each other, as women, as sisters, as friends. As completely different as we were, we came from the same place and reflected that for each other. I miss that more than anything.
Sue Syme / Townsend
This was such a beautiful and moving piece, one that contained universal truths and pain. Lovinger wrote it so simply, which made it resonate and connect.
Vicki Bartolini / Franklin
Lovinger got it wrong. Her sister is doing all those loving acts because she seeks her older sister’s love and approval. Lovinger still needs to ask her sister’s forgiveness for the rotten things she did to her.
Deborah D. Maguire / Falmouth