Macau Now

I ENJOYED the piece on Macau ["Macau's Great Leap," Dec. 12], especially since a friend and I were there in September. Incidentally, my friend is Brazilian and found that virtually no one (taxi drivers, etc.) speaks Portuguese, despite more than 350 years of Portuguese rule. English will serve quite nicely, however. We, too, feasted on African chicken at Henri's Galley. We arrived a bit before noon and Henri himself was on hand. Another signature dish is spicy prawns, and Henri recommends both dishes so aggressively that we wondered if the other menu items might actually be fictional.

Your writer repeats the suggestion we heard elsewhere to buy a round-trip jetfoil ticket in Hong Kong to avoid scalpers in Macau. I don't know what this is about. The disadvantage of this is that you have to say which time you want to return. But we saw no signs of scalpers in Macau. The terminal there is very modern; the ticket windows are staffed with English-speaking agents and the prices are clearly posted (and adhered to).

Robert S. Johnson

Lexington, Va.

World Class?

SARASOTA ["High Brow, Low Key," Dec. 5] is a very nice town with more culture than most of Florida. But world class culture? I don't think so. I suggest you spend more than a few days there, then try, perhaps London, or Paris, or New York, or Washington, or . . . well, you get the idea.

Howard Turk


One More Ski Site

ONE OF the best online resources for D.C. area skiers received no mention in your recent article on Web sites devoted to skiing [Travel Lab Report, Dec. 5]. I admit I'm biased--I serve as the editor of, a Web site devoted to D.C. winter sports enthusiasts. provides in-depth coverage of all regional resorts. Visitors can browse resort profiles, check out coming events, find information about ski clubs, chat in a message forum and find news about the local skiing scene. (When the season ends, the site covers activities like mountain biking.)

I invite you to check out if you have not already discovered this resource.

M. Scott Smith


Seeing Stars

I WAS SHOCKED to read in the article about the Sologne region of France ["Foraging in Hidden France," Nov. 28] of "a country restaurant graced with four Michelin stars." Sacre bleu! This is impossible! All good gourments know that the maximum number of Michelin stars a restaurant may be awarded is three.

Scott Blair


Royal Treatment

OUR STAY at the Imperial Hotel (208 High St., 410-778-5000) in Chestertown, Md., was the highlight of our recent family reunion. The inn, under new management, is refreshingly decorated and comfortably furnished and provides warm, friendly rooms and delectable food. The Imperial is a find in an upper Eastern Shore town deservedly recognized for its architecture and serenity.

Sam Stavisky


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