Travel Q&A with Sylvia Longmire
Name… one non-essential item
you always travel with.
I’m a very lightweight, streamlined
traveler. And I’m not
an especially sentimental
person. Because I travel alone,
I need to travel with the bare
minimum of things. It’s rare that
I have anything with me that is
…your favorite city if you have
just one day in town.
Venice. My favorite city is
Vienna, but I was able to do
Venice in a day, and I wrote a
lengthy blog post about this. I
was there as part of a cruise, and
I did it, and it was phenomenal.
…your favorite recent meal.
I live in the Orlando (Fla.) area,
and Columbia Restaurant — it’s
Spanish food — has tapas and
full plates. But their Spanish
chorizo and their garlic shrimp
and their gazpacho… their
gazpacho is so good! There’s
a location about an hour from
me, in Celebration (Fla.). But I’ve
been to all their locations.
…your favorite thing to do when
you’re visiting a city, but the
weather is bad.
I’m a total museum geek, and I
will fly somewhere just to go to
art museums. I prefer contemporary,
modern art. I did the Met
[in New York] in two hours, and
it wasn’t nearly enough [time].
But that’s how I felt in the Tate
Modern [in London]. I was in the
Tate Modern for three hours,
and I felt I could have spent at
least the entire day there.
…the friendliest country you’ve
Dublin, Ireland, was amazing
as far as people being friendly.
I can’t say enough about the
Irish. Sydney [Australia] is a close
…your favorite way to travel.
…a travel habit you’ve picked up.
I’m a huge chocolate fan. In
every country I visit, I buy chocolate
made locally for myself, my
mom, and my neighbor. I think
I’ve been able to get chocolate
from 20 or 21 countries. And
when I get back, the tradition is
we sit around a table and try the
chocolate, and we compare it to
past chocolate. That’s my tradition
for pretty much anywhere
I go. Sprüngli from Switzerland
has been the best so far.