By Sandra Swanson
Holly Golightly claimed no address. Instead, the calling card on her mailbox read, enigmatically: Traveling. In tribute to unquenchable wanderlust, and nostalgia for postcards of yore, we present our new Travel Diaries department to display readers’ exotic and Instagram-worthy journeys around the world. Ogle our inaugural group of travelers, from Jack Calhoun to Jo Piazza.
Lisa Grotts, India
While on vacation with her father for his 80th birthday, Grotts and crew visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi before heading to the historic Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. “We watched the spectacular change of colors at the Taj Mahal at sunset,” the writer recalls. “Emperor Shah Jahan built the white marble mausoleum in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who bore the shah 14 children. In Jaipur, we toured—by elephant—the unforgettable Amber Fort and palace perched high on a hill, and the impressive Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 1700s by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the warrior-astronomer to whom the city owes its name.” She adds, “At trip’s end, if only for a short while, my sister and I reverted back to our childhood when my dad began drawing a map of our journey for us on a paper napkin.”
Jack Calhoun, St. Barts:
The attentive reader will recall that, back in November, we spoke to the former Banana Republic boss for our feature on Friendsgiving, a.k.a. Thanksgiving with friends rather than family. Jack and his pals spent the holiday in St. Barts, and we followed up to see how that turned out. “A great villa, sun, friends and large bottles of French rosé sure made me thankful!” he says. Cheers, Jack.
Ken Fulk, Yellowstone
“Every year, Kurt [Wootton] and I celebrate the holidays with dear friends in Montana,” the event planner and interior designer says. “It’s two weeks of glorious skiing in a snowy wonderland, including beautiful dinners, countless bottles of wine, great music and plenty of laughs. This year, we decided to bring our dear dog Hubbell with us. He is the oldest of our four dogs, so it seemed fitting that this year we bring him along to enjoy the snow and some special one-on-one time. Our annual Montana trip is one of the traditions I most look forward to throughout the year—a rare chance to connect and unwind with one’s chosen clan—but this year was even more memorable with the addition of our four-legged family member.”
Jo Piazza, Mount Kilimanjaro
“My husband and I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro [in Tanzania] last year for three reasons,” says Piazza, author of the national best-seller The Knockoff. “It was partially our honeymoon, part research for my new book, How to Be Married, and third, because I had been diagnosed with a strange form of muscular dystrophy and I wanted to prove I could do it. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but also one of the most rewarding and beautiful. Being from the Bay Area, we’re avid hikers, but this was something I was completely unprepared for. And one of the best lessons I learned for the book is that climbing a mountain is a lot like a marriage. You have to let go of all of your expectations because you have no idea what it is going to throw at you next.”