Gorillas in Africa

I JUST read your article on seeing mountain gorillas in Africa [Travel Q&A, June 27]. This February and March, my husband and I went for a five-week vacation in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. We used Eastern and Southern Safaris (www.essafari.co.ke), a company in Nairobi that arranged everything for us. It was wonderful.

Tracking the gorillas at Bwindi was fabulous. Our guide and driver made sure that I had the right porters to get me to see the gorillas, and we stayed at the A&K gorilla camp, of which I cannot say enough good things about.

We planned the trip ourselves with help from the company and got to do exactly what we wanted to do, and the price was extremely competitive with many tours out there. Our do-it-yourself tour was actually cheaper than many organized tours, and trust me when I say that we didn't rough it.

Tracey Cooke


Parking at National

YOU RECOMMEND using Metro to avoid parking hassles at Reagan National [Coming and Going, July 4], but you overlooked one problem: Most of us would still have to drive to the station, and Metro won't let you park in its lots overnight. This is a huge irritant to those of us who 1) travel overnight (what a concept) and 2) think the premise of having a Metro stop at the airport is for convenience . . . oh, never mind!

Don Cruikshank


Author Andrea Sachs responds:

While the majority of Metro stations don't permit overnight parking, three stations do: Springfield, Huntington and Greenbelt, with a scant 17 spots available per station. For more information: 202-637-7000, www.wmata.com.

Bloomsday, Cont'd

GARY LEE'S article on James Joyce ["Re-Joyce in Dublin," June 13] was a good summary of Bloomsday events, with a few omissions, especially not mentioning the James Joyce Centre (www.jamesjoyce.ie) at 35 North Great George's St. The center originates and coordinates most of the Bloomsday events, as well as providing "Ulysses" and "Finnegans Wake" reading groups, tours and research opportunities throughout the year.

The center is housed in a restored Georgian town house around the corner from the Dublin Writers' Museum and Belvedere College where Joyce continued his Jesuit education. The cafe features the original door from 7 Eccles St., rescued when the house of Leopold and Molly Bloom was demolished.

Susan Norwitch


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