Monday, January 16, 2017

BERLIN, GERMANY: A CITY SHAPED BY HISTORY

BY JANET STEINBERG


Emotionally, architecturally, and literally, my Seabourn Pride’s Baltic Cruise Shore Excursion to Berlin was quite a ride!  

SEABOURN PRIDE ON HER BALTIC CRUISE

Our day in Berlin gave us a taste of its 20th century history with all its phases and radical changes.  We saw how the city confronted its past and is forging ahead to the future.  Architecturally, Berlin is a smorgasbord of architectural masterpieces, scanning centuries.  From the original Jewish Museum…to Libeskind’s 21st century addition…from the original Reichstag to Sir Norman Foster’s glass-domed roof…to Frank Gehry’s space age DZ Bank lobby. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

WAPAKONETA, OHIO: MOONRISE ON I-75

BY JANET STEINBERG


OMG!  There it was… a moon-like structure that seemed to be rising out of Interstate I-75 at Wapakoneta, Ohio.  I was about to check off another must-see on my bucket list…Wapakoneta!

WELCOME TO WAPAKONETA


What is Wapakoneta?   
What is in Wapakoneta?  
Why would anyone want to travel to Wapakoneta?  
I realize many of you may be wondering the answers to the above questions. Therefore, I will happily give you my answer in two words…Neil Armstrong.

WORLD HEADLINES BEGAN IN WAPAKONETA, OHIO

Since that moment on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 reached the moon, and the late Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface, Armstrong has been my hero. Until this very day, almost 50 years later, every time I look up at the moon I am still in utter disbelief that a man walked up there.

Monday, December 12, 2016

20I6: THE YEAR IN RETROSPECT

BY JANET STEINBERG


         "I travel for travel's sake…           
 Not to go anywhere, but to go.
The great affair is to move."

                                      Robert Louis Stevenson

As 2016 comes to a close, I once again look back on another year fulfilled by travel.  Some of you may have shared my adventures...some of you may have had your own.   Some of you may have day-dreamed along with me in the past...some will fantasize with me in the future.  Though often weary, and a bit frayed at the edges, I would arrive home from my travels only to find myself thinking about the next trip while still unpacking from the last.  I need only look back on my year's highlights to start planning for the year ahead.  The year of 2016 abounded with such travel favorites as the following: 

Cruise: My Caribbean cruise on Silversea’s Silver Spirit was pure pleasure…pure pampering…pure rest…and pure relaxation.  Yet I felt not an ounce of guilt on this 24-karat gilt trip.  As the ship glided away from the pier, headed for the Florida Straits and the Caribbean Sea, I knew that I was in for a special eight days.  From the moment of embarkation, when that first flute of champagne was thrust upon me, I was pampered by a dedicated crew that catered to my every whim and indulged me with the distinctive luxuries and celebrated lifestyle that I could become acustomed to very easily.  


SILVER SPIRIT ANCHORED IN BELIZE

Monday, November 28, 2016

REINCARNATION OF AN ICE BALL, A MANSION AND A SHOE POLISH

BY JANET STEINBERG

Part 5 of a Series 

Happy days are here again! 

Detroit, ‘The Comeback City’ is really coming back.  And with it, some old values, old history, and old sayings are also coming back.   Come along with me and see how an old-timer’s 20th Century world is influencing the world of the 21st Century. 

It's more than water…it's more than ice…it's creamy like ice cream, but not fatty…it's fruity like sherbet, but with no milk products…it is frozen like shaved ice, but there is no juice to run out.   It's got no fat…no dairy…and no cholesterol.  

What is it?  It's Water Ice, an ancient Italian tradition reminiscent of the 20th century’s paper-coned ice balls. 

Where is it?  It’s at THE DETROIT WATER ICE FACTORY, located at Campus Martius Park in Detroit Michigan. 

Why is it?  It’s because a renowned American author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, broadcaster, and musician simply wanted to give something back. 

DETROIT WATER ICE FACTORY AT CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

Monday, November 14, 2016

BELLE ISLE: A RIVER ISLAND BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES

 BY JANET STEINBERG


Part 4 of a Series 

When I was a very small child, I used to visit my grandparents who lived in Detroit, Michigan.  As an adult, I remembered absolutely nothing about Detroit, and very little about my grandparents.  The only thing I ever remembered about those trips was the name Belle Isle, a place to which they would take me during my visits. 

Now, umpteen years later, I made it a point to revisit that romantic-sounding island that I fantasized about from my childhood.  Well, I didn’t find palm trees swaying from ocean breezes and I didn’t find turquoise waters beckoning snorkelers. However, what I did find was an historic 982-acre island park plunked down in the middle of the Detroit River…a 2.5 mile-long river island between two countries, and the two cities of Detroit, USA and Windsor, Canada. 

BELLE ISLE IN DETROIT RIVER BETWEEN DETROIT, USA AND WINDSOR, CANADA