Traveler’s Picks

by Wendy Simmons

Apr 2014

President of MOSCOT, photographer, and intrepid world traveler, this is Wendy. "My belief is that simplicity allows the true soul of the subject to be revealed". wendysimmons.com

If you could close your eyes and be somewhere else, where would you want to be?

I am truly interested in seeing the whole world. And given the opportunity, I would go anywhere. But when I close my eyes and dream of being somewhere else, it's usually me living someplace unspoiled and tropical, in an open air house, with lots of warm colors, books and art, surrounded by fragrant, abundant trees and colorful flowers, with a warm breeze and great music.

The restaurant where you feel at home.

I am a creature of habit when I am home in New York. If you want to find me, it will be at Tabac on Smith Street drinking wine and eating french fries. Ask anyone.

A hotel room that makes you nostalgic.

I have stayed in a thousand hotel rooms – from the most luxurious, to rooms so awful, I slept in my clothes, including my shoes. Each holds a memory. None will ever replace home.

A travel you could do over and over again without getting bored.

India!

A dish that recently surprised you.

Tabouna bread. It's street food you find it in the countryside in central Tunisia where I was traveling last week. It looks like a regular breadstick, but when you begin eating it, it's infused with olive oil and incredibly flavorful.

A holiday place from your childhood.

I've been traveling my whole life. My first international trip alone was to Mexico when I was 15.

If a kid asked you to take him/her on a trip, where would that be?

If a kid asked me to take him or her on a trip, I would ask where he or she wanted to go most in the world, and go there. Seeing the world fosters gratitude, empathy, creativity, curiosity, independence, kindness… The list goes on and on. I would want to do whatever I could to encourage a love for travel. Starting with one of his or her dream destinations seems like a good start.

If you could choose a dream place to celebrate, what would that be?

My dream for my 40th birthday party was a beautiful villa hillside in Positano, Italy, surrounded by friends and family, drinking wine, enjoying great food, having a great time celebrating life together. It was fantastic – exactly as I had dreamed it. I have just started to think about what to do for my 50th (I will be 47 in August)… I will keep you posted.

A view you will never forget.

The view of The Himalayas flying into Paro, Bhutan won't soon be forgotten… Waimea Canyon in Hawaii, The Great Wall of China from out in the countryside. There are too many…. Sunset from my apartment each night blows me away… Honestly. And one of my very favorites… Very rarely, but sometimes you get lucky, and on flights into LaGuardia from Florida, the flight path flies along side the entire length of Manhattan – from Battery Park to Harlem – before turning right to land, and you get to see the entire City from the air. It's a spectacular view of home.

Your Meraviglia address that can’t be missing from our collection.

An African Safari. The Ugab Terraces. The Sahara. A houseboat trip in Kerala. The unfolding then never ending temples of Bagan, Myanmar. I need 100 pages for this question…

A place you wish it was just round the corner.

I already have several trips planned for 2014, so I probably won't make it to Greenland, Antarctica, Mongolia, or Bali again this year… But I wish I was.

 

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