Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 54
Why I Travel
Tree Lockie explores the world on her terms.
INTERVIEWED BY DAVID HOCHMAN
Tree Lockie at the Al Maha
resort in Dubai and (below)
visiting Indian schoolgirls.
REE LOCKIE GRABS
wherever she goes.
"Red-carpeted" is the
phrase she uses, as in, "I got redcarpeted in the UAE and soon
enough found myself at the most
exquisite polo match at The
St. Regis." At 73, she's tall and
willowy (her look explains why
nobody uses her given name,
Teri) and inevitably at the center
of conversation. "Fascinating
strangers excite me almost
V I RT U O S O L I F E
as much as new places," says
Lockie, a Los Angeles landscape
and interior designer and retired
health care administrator.
Louisville-based Virtuoso travel
advisor Eleanor Flagler Hardy
ensures Lockie's adventures
remain A-list worthy.
I started seeing the world
when I got sober and turned
40. I was fleetingly married
for eight years in the '60s
and have been single since,
My most recent trip was perfection. I was reading one of my
decorator magazines and saw a
picture of the Louvre Abu Dhabi
and thought, "I want to see it,
smell it, feel it." Eleanor knows
I love art, but also fashion and
animals and adventures, so
she had me sitting on top of
the world at the Burj Khalifa.
I kayaked in mangroves. I did
two different falconry experiences and flopped myself on
the floor at the Saluki Center in
Dubai, surrounded by five saluki
puppies to get my puppy-breath
fix. Even in my elegant Bedouin
Suite at the Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, a gazelle came up
and drank out of my pool, where
I enjoyed a rare nude swim with
When you're on a private tour,
anything's possible. Eleanor
gave my guides carte blanche
to do whatever I wanted to do.
We were at an animal-trading
festival in Punjab, and I said I
wanted to ride a camel, and I
did. I asked to join schoolgirls
competing in a game of tugof-war, and my guide made it
happen. I gave lessons on how
to do fingernail gels and modeling poses in private homes
because I thought it would be
interesting. People gathered
and applauded me at the end.
We were in the bowels of these
ancient homes in Varanasi, but
(FALCONRY AND SCHOOLGIRLS) TREE LOCKIE, (BALI GARDEN) ROBERTO NISTRI/ALAMY
allowing me the freedom to follow my travel fantasies.
"The first trip
to India was
I turned around
and went for