Monday, May 16, 2016

JANET STEINBERG, OFFICIAL BLOGGER FOR THE TRAVEL AUTHORITY, WINS HER 42nd & 43rd TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS


At the Spring-2016 Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA) meeting in Columbus, Ohio,  Janet Steinberg, official blogger for The Travel Authority, an ALTOUR company, was awarded two Mark Twain Awards in MTWA’s annual Mark Twain Travel Writing Contest. 

Steinberg received the First Place Mark Twain Award for the Best Travel Travel Blog of the Year for her article “The Mustangs of Las Colinas”.  She also received an Honorable Mention Award for the Best Travel Travel Blog of the Year for her article “Budapest: A Hungarian Rhapsody”.

One contest judge stated: "I really admire precise writing.  I value the writer who finds the exact words that take me to a place and a new experience."

Steinberg’s latest awards brings her total number of travel writing awards to 43...including: 3 Lowell Thomas Awards; Cipriani Award for Best Overall Writer of the Year; Henry E. Bradshaw Award for Best of Show in All Categories; Ohio Buckeye Travel Award; 14 SATW (Society of American Travel Writers) and 23 MTWA (Midwest Travel Writers Association) Awards. 


Janet’s award-winning travel columns can also be read in The Travel Authority & ALTOUR American Express' DESTINATIONS MAGAZINE and in "Expert Opinions" on www.thetravelauthority.com.


Monday, May 2, 2016

UP A LAZY RIVER


BY JANET STEINBERG 
 
Looking back into my childhood, my most treasured memories are those of good ole summertime Ohio River cruises aboard the majestic Island Queen. For 35-cents, this grand and stately, green and white, 5-deck side-wheeler traveled ten miles up river from downtown Cincinnati to Coney Island, the beloved amusement park that enticed us with its Lost River and Sunlite Pool. 

As the Island Queen's huge paddle dipped into the river's muddy waters, and Homer Denny's calliope music rang throughout the boat, I would find myself a secluded rail on the upper deck and dream my way up a lazy river.     

It was not visions of hot dogs and cotton candy that danced in my pre-pubescent head, but dreams of excitement brought about by the motion of a river...any river...a river that endlessly flows backward into time and forward into adventure…a river that is banked by pyramids or castles or virgin forests…a river that, decades later, I would explore from the luxury of an ocean liner or from the intimacy of a floating "boatel".  

Come on board with me for my idyllic cruises on some of the most exciting and romantic rivers in the world.

 THE AMAZON RIVER: O Rio Mar!   The River Sea! The world's largest river, that fires the imagination of all who dare to dream, dominates the land and the people who come in contact with it.
BRAZILIZIANS SWIM IN THE MIGHTY MUDDY AMAZON

Monday, April 18, 2016

WISCONSIN: SMALL TOWN GEM...THE AMERICAN CLUB


BY JANET STEINBERG

The American dream...The American way…The American Club. 

THE AMERICAN CLUB

As long as there is an America, there will always be an American dream.  Since the birth of our nation, immigrants have been coming to the United States in search of that dream.  There was a time, some 100-plus years ago, when hundreds of those immigrants headed to Wisconsin where they could find work at the Kohler Company, manufacturers of state-of-the-art plumbing fixtures and faucets.  These young immigrants lived in squalor in nearby Sheboygan.

Monday, April 4, 2016

WISCONSIN: BIG CITY JEWEL…MILWAUKEE



BY JANET STEINBERG

The jewel of the Great Lakes and Wisconsin’s largest city, Milwaukee has grown from “Brew City” to  “New City”.  Bold, beautiful, and spectacularly progressive, it is the kind of place where you can best experience the very spirit and values that built America.  This city of contrasts and surprises is full of cosmopolitan flair and down-to-earth, Midwestern charm…where an art museum takes flight against Lake Michigan…where the food scene celebrates James Beard award-winning cuisine alongside brats and beer…and where a cemetery is a popular tourist attraction 

The very first place I had to visit was the Milwaukee Art Museum with its breathtaking brise soleil by noted  “Starchitect” Santiago Calatrava.  Calatrava, whose City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain brought him world renown, is the son of an orange exporter with an aristocratic Spanish name.



Monday, March 21, 2016

A LETTER FROM JANET: ONE CARRY-ON...REALLY!

BY JANET STEINBERG












Dear Fellow Travelers, 


Once in a while I come upon an unusual item that I feel compelled to share with you.  This particular item is not only practical, but for me it was inspirational.  It inspired me to do what I had been threatening to do for years. 


However, this time was different.  This time I was really going to do it! 


I was going to practice what I had preached for so many years.  Finally, I was going to prove to myself that I could really travel for a week, with only one carry-on bag, and still look chic and different every night. 


Now mind you, this is no easy task.  However, the hardest part is not managing with limited possessions once you reach your destination.  The most difficult challenge is before you ever leave home…deciding what to pack that will fit in one carry-on.