Editor’s Letter by Nicholas Chrisostomou

Whilst we carry few memories from childhood through our teens and into our hectic adult lives, having a summer break is such an in-built ritual that it warms our minds and virtually dominates the middle of each year. So, there’s a need to make it count. Few pastimes span the past and the present in such a positive way, other than birthdays and anniversaries, which is perhaps why travel publications have become such an inherent part of 21st century culture. It used to be all about wedding, house and garden magazines. Nowadays, the travel mag takes centre stage at the local newsagent’s, especially right about now when some of us are still deciding where to go!

In this our twenty-second issue, Alex Benasuli visits America’s charismatic capital, during cherry blossom season no less. First time contributor Carolyn McKay explores an 18th century warrior fort in Rajasthan, which has been painstakingly transformed into a stunning boutique hotel. Our resident fashion guru Adrian Gibson chats with swimwear queen Melissa Odabash about her career and collaborating with Julien Macdonald, and Ashlee Starratt gets stuck into a mud crab feast at Sri Lanka’s most famous restaurant. Meanwhile, I am lucky enough to kick back on idyllic Banana Island in the Arabian Gulf and, at the other end of the excitement spectrum, spend a fun weekend in buzzing Brickell – Miami’s slick new beating heart.

We’ve made sure there are some interesting and different ideas in this issue of The Cultured Traveller so that you, our valued readers, can make memorable new life markers during the coming months. After all, it’s all about the summer holiday.

Bonnes vacances

Nicholas Chrisostomou