Monday, June 13, 2016

COLUMBUS, OHIO: THE CITY WHERE FASHIONS ARE HAUTE, TREATS ARE COLD, AND ART IS GREEN

PART 2 OF A SERIES 

BY JANET STEINBERG


Let me tell you about a hidden gem of a city where the fashions are haute, the sweet treats are cold, and a world-renowned work of art is green.  

HAUTE: It is not surprising that New York and Los Angeles are the number one and two fashion capitals of America.  However, you might be surprised at what city ranks third, behind those two cities.  The #3 fashion hub of America is not in California...not in Florida…not in Texas.  Surprise! Surprise!  It is in the mid-western state of Ohio.  Welcome to Columbus, Ohio. 

WELCOME SIGN AT COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

COLUMBUS, OHIO: A 21ST CENTURY DISCOVERY

BY JANET STEINBERG

Part 1 of a Series 


“Columbus is a town in which almost any thing is likely to happen,
and in which almost everything has.”
                                                                                    James Thurber

A long time ago, Columbus discovered America.  A short time ago, I discovered Columbus!
Although this capital city of Ohio is only 100 miles from my home, I had not been there in decades.  And, when I finally returned some twenty years later, I was amazed at the bustling, creative, fun city I discovered.  One of the fastest growing cities in the Midwest, redevelopment sparked some significant changes in Columbus (aka CBUS).   First and foremost was development of the riverfront. 

According to Beth Ervin, Director of Communications for Experience Columbus, prior to the riverfront development the downtown had a dammed "old sludgy" river that Ervin described as a "chocolate pond that was awful."  But then, she added, "they took the dams down, reclaimed 33 acres of parkland and added walking trails and a beautiful promenade along the river".
THE OLD SLUDGY SCIOTO RIVER IS  NOW THE NEW BEAUTIFUL SCIOTO RIVER

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.