In her editor's letter for T+L's May issue, Editor-in-Chief @jacquigiff reflects on her travels to Italy last year: "Moments that still make me smile include lunching for four hours on razor clams and risotto at Al Gatto Nero, a humming restaurant on the Venetian island of Burano. Marveling at the beauty of Milan's Duomo one bone-chilling December evening, and being reminded that landmarks deemed 'touristy' become touristy for a reason. Dancing with my family during a July festival at Puglia's Borgo Egnazia resort, where we weren't afraid to hold hands with total strangers." . Explaining that as she writes the letter, Italy and other countries across the globe are battling the deadly coronavirus, Gifford says, "It is truly hard to grasp how beloved destinations our readers return to year after year could become closed off from the rest of the world so quickly." . "It is also hard to reconcile with the idea of closure, of looking inward, when the mission of Travel + Leisure is to be open and look out," she continues. "One of the saddest things about the coronavirus pandemic --- beyond the heartbreaking loss of life --- is the feeling of isolation and uncertainty that hovers over us all, in the United States and abroad, like a cloud. Human beings are social creatures. Gathering together is what "For now, travel is about armchair escapism," she writes. . "It is and always will be about emotion and heart. I keep thinking about that summer night at Borgo Egnazia, where my family and I tried new food and wine and listened to Puglian music. It was a joyful celebration, made even more meaningful because we shared it with unfamiliar faces." Read the full editor's letter at the link in bio. #tlpicks courtesy of @davide.anzimanni
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