Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ANTIGUA: THE BEACH-A-DAY ISLAND



 BY JANET STEINBERG

Playa, Playa, Playa, (beach, beach, beach) might well have been the name for Antigua, had Christopher Columbus known it had 365 crescent-shaped, white sand beaches...one for each day of the year.  Instead, Antigua (pronounced An-TEE-gah), one of Columbus’ favorite discoveries (during his second voyage of 1493) got its name from Santa Maria la Antiqua, his favorite church in Seville.
 
WELCOME TO ANTIGUA

Monday, January 5, 2015

BEAUTY AND THE BEACH


BY JANET STEINBERG

Turquoise!  Although it is not my favorite color, to me this aqua-blue hue connotes two things of exceptional beauty…a brilliant aquamarine gemstone and a brilliant Caribbean sea.  For all intents and purposes, when winter’s frigid breath paints it frosty picture up North, I prefer the latter.

On one of my cruises to the Southern Caribbean and Lesser Antilles, we began with beautiful beaches and ended with beautiful beaches.  And, in between, I was treated to an island that showcases the unspoiled beauty of nature.

ARUBA: Bon bini: Welcome to Aruba. Wherever you wander in Aruba, you’ll find beaches…beaches that are secluded, sexy, windswept, or historic.  As to where you choose to throw your towel down, that’s another story.  As the saying goes: ‘you pays your money and you takes your choice’. 
 
THROW YOUR TOWEL DOWN IN ARUBA

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014: THE YEAR IN RETROSPECT


BY JANET STEINBERG





The Midwest Travel Writers’ Convention, the birth of three great-grandchildren, and the wedding of my grandson, were among the reasons that kept me from traveling abroad this past year.  However, in spite of the fact that there was no time for traveling internationally, those reasons didn’t keep me from having many fascinating experiences. Come along with me as I share my favorite domestic travel experiences of the past year in our own beautiful country.

EASTERN CITY: New York, New York...a city so great they say their name twice.   Nicknamed "The Big Apple" in 1971, the term was originally used in the 1920s and 1930s by jazz musicians as a way of saying, "There are many apples on the success tree, but when you pick New York City, you pick the Big Apple."  It came to mean "the big time".
 

NEW YORK CITY VIEWED FROM THE 86th FLOOR OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

Monday, December 8, 2014

COSTA RICA: WHERE LIFE IS “PURA VIDA”


BY JANET STEINBERG


“Como esta?”  (how are you?) is the friendly greeting of Costa Ricans when you arrive in their tiny country of approximately 4-million people. Don’t reply: “Fine”.  Just say: “Pura vida!”  More than any other two words in a Costa Rican’s vocabulary, Pura vida (Life is good) reflects their upbeat attitude.

Being the cruise-aholic that I am, I choose to visit Costa Rica by ship.  After transiting the Panama Canal, and spending a full day at sea, I disembarked in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.  Puntarenas, meaning ‘Sandy Point”, is the West Coast port of call that serves as the gateway to the country.
  
 
COLORFUL BUILDING IN PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA

Monday, November 24, 2014

NICE. FRANCE: LIFE DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER!


BY JANET STEINBERG


A gentle breeze wafting through French balconies overlooking the Promenade des Anglais…an aquamarine sea lapping the shore of a glimmering stone beach…a canopied 4-poster bed flanked by 17th century sconces and paisley linen walls…a bottle of champagne shared with someone you love.  Life doesn’t get much better than that!  For me, that paradisiacal life was at the Hotel Negresco in Nice, France, the legendary palace hotel that has been my French Riviera home-away-from-home for the past 3 decades.  



HOTEL NEGRESCO