Monday, June 4, 2018

LOVE AND MARRIAGE…BY SHIP OR CARRIAGE


BY JANET STEINBERG



                                                                       - Sir Bernard Williams, English philosopher  


From weddings to honeymoons, vow renewals to  anniversaries, more and more couples are opting to celebrate their special day in the breathtaking setting of their dreams.  In today’s world, there are endless romantic possibilities no matter your style or budget. 

The trick to finding your perfect celebratory location is in its timely planning. Start planning as soon as possible. As Billy Crystal (Harry) said to Meg Ryan (Sally) in When Harry Met Sally:  When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” 

So start planning as soon as possible for your romantic celebration.  Perhaps you’ll opt for one of the destinations of couples I encountered as they created their memories of a lifetime in a variety of starry-eyed settings around the world. 

BEAUTIFUL COUPLE ON ST. MARK’S SQUARE IN VENICE

Monday, May 14, 2018

AROUND THE WORLD…FROM A TO Z

BY: JANET STEINBERG


It’s a great, wide, wonderful, world out there. So why not explore it to the fullest? Please allow me to show you some of the best this world of ours has to offer.  From A to Z, here is how I viewed the world alphabetically.

 ALVEAR PALACE, one of the grandest hotels in all of South America, is a true palace and undisputed symbol of the Belle Époque. The Alvear Palace is the jewel in Buenos Aires’ crown. This classic hotel is recognized worldwide for its unparalleled combination of elegance, hospitality, personalized service, and high technology.


BREAKFAST BUFFET AT THE ALVEAR PALACE

Monday, April 16, 2018

STAR-CHITECTS BUILD LARGER-THAN-LIFE SCULPTURES


BY JANET STEINBERG

I am often asked, “What is your favorite museum?”  The answer is simple…my favorite museum is the world!  

This amazing world that we live in is an open-air museum, filled with fascinating structures created by world-renowned architects.  When traveling around the world, I make it a point to experience as many architectural masterpieces as possible.  They come in a variety of amazing shapes and sizes, from medieval to modern.  Allow me to share with you a few intriguing structures that, in reality, are museum-quality, larger-than-life, sculptures. 

MUSEO GUGGENHEIM BILBAO: From a distance, the splendid bizarrely shaped $100-million Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art in Bilbao, Spain looked like a massive steel sculpture. And then, all of a sudden, there it was…renowned architect Frank Gehry's masterpiece in flowing titanium and limestone.  Gehry described his building, on the banks of the Nervion River, as a ship that has run aground.  The museum, which opened in 1997, reflects Bilbao's heritage with its suggestion of maritime shapes and sails.  Others have likened the silhouette of Bilbao’s Guggenheim to a roller coaster, a mermaid, a waterfall a hula girl, and a fish.  The building is covered with over 35,OOO titanium tiles and pieces of glass strategically placed to catch the natural light.  Maman, Louise Bourgeois' huge bronze spider, stands in front of the museum.    
        
MAMAN, A HUGE BRONZE SPIDER, STANDS IN FRONT OF THE MUSEUM       
                   

Monday, March 26, 2018

BY THE SEA, BY THE SEA, BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA

Ahhhh…the romance of the “Seven Seas”! 

The term “Seven Seas”, dating back to medieval times, referred to all of the world’s oceans.  Since the 19th century, the term has been taken to include the Arctic, Antarctic, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific and Indian Oceans.  By the end of 2018, it is estimated that 314 cruise ships will be sailing approximately 537,000 passengers on the “Seven Seas”.

Cruising those “Seven Seas” can take you to all seven continents in the world. Though it may not afford you hours of leisure time for people-watching or long lingering lunches, cruising will give you a comprehensive glimpse of the whole wide world.  The following are suggestions unforgettable port stops you might want to include in your itineraries on each of those seven continents. 

1. AFRICA: Though chaotic and crowded, CAIRO, EGYPT is one of the most exciting and exotic capitals in the world.  The largest city on the African continent, Cairo is so vibrantly alive that even the most jaded traveler must yield to its magic. Arriving in Cairo is like falling through the looking glass and ending up in history. Cairo’s over-all flavor is still very much that of the Middle East.  Egyptians in their flowing galabeyas and traditional black robes often make their past seem more vividly alive than their present. The Pyramids of Giza exude an excitement just by the very virtue of being there.  They have been considered to be the greatest of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World…that they alone would survive the passing of time.  “He who has not seen Cairo,” said a traveler of old, “has not seen the world.“ 

THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA

Monday, March 5, 2018

NOT YOUR RUN-OF-THE-MILL EATERIES

BY JANET STEINBERG



They aren’t pretty…they aren’t fancy…they aren’t expensive.  They are unsophisticated…unpretentious…and unlikely to get any Michelin stars.  They are restaurants where china, crystal and silver are supplanted by paper, plastic and stainless.

They are also restaurants that get their fair share of notoriety on TV shows and in the movies.  And, for some reason unbeknownst to me, I seem to end up at many of the same places as do the cameras of movie makers and those of Guy Fieri’s TV show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”. 

GUY FIERI LEAVES HIS MARK WHERE HIS MOUTH IS