I enjoyed Donna Kato's article "As Glamorous as Louvre, but Without the Crowds" [June 7].
I'd like to add one more Paris museum to her list. The Musée Marmottan Monet is named after Paul Marmottan, who donated his beautiful home to house his collections. In 1966, when Monet's son Michel died in an automobile accident, the museum received more than 130 works by the artist, including "Impression, Sunrise," from which the Impressionist movement is said to have gotten its name.
Besides the well-known water lilies and paintings of the artist's house in Giverny, France, you'll also see Renoir's portrait of Monet.
Regarding "Monuments to Life," May 24: On a tour of the Czech Republic, our travel guide was interested in two things American: famous cemeteries and rock bands. When he later visited, his first request was a tour of
I "collect" cemeteries too. A favorite is Highgate Cemetery in North London. The ancient, higgledy-piggledy gravestones are partially sunken, covered with moss and overgrown — wonderfully spooky! Its East Cemetery is the resting place of the infamous Karl Marx — his plot purchased by fellow writer Friedrich Engels.
One more "must" cemetery: When you get to Nantucket, Mass., be sure to wander through New North Cemetery, where you'll find familiar names from "Moby-Dick" such as Coffin. With a visit to the whaling museum, it all comes to life.
And one perfect small museum in Paris [June 7]: The Musée Nissim de Camondo. Stroll through a beautiful home with a tragic back story of the family that lived there.
Rethink bag fees
I recently flew on a major airline. I stood in line quite a while (the computer was down) to check my bag, for which I'd paid $25 online the night before at home. I also had one small carry-on that I placed under my seat so others would have room in the overhead bin for larger bags. A few minutes before boarding, the gate official announced that if anyone had bags that might not fit in the overhead bin to bring them to her for free checking.
By now, everyone should know the rules on bag size, etc., and gate personnel should strictly enforce them, with an option to check bags at cost, but some people just know they can get away with it. While I pay $25 to help speed up the process, others get to slow it down for free.
It's time the airlines start charging for carry-on baggage and go back to free checked bags. If you want to control behavior, you must reward the people who follow the rules and charge the people who don't.