Monday, March 6, 2017

O CANADA, O CANADA! HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM EAST TO WEST

BY JANET STEINBERG

                                                                                                                    
 North of the border there’s a party going on.  And what better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary year than by experiencing Canadian charm from the Atlantic to the Pacific.  You can cruise from the Maritimes to Montreal, ride the rails from Vancouver to Lake Louise, or fly and drive to the city of your choice.  So, hop on my magic travel carpet and let’s party…from the Maritimes in the Atlantic, to a paradisiacal Island in the North Pacific.

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA:  Halifax is the cosmopolitan capital city of Nova Scotia,.  It is Canada’s 13th largest city and its residents, called Haligonians, make up 40% of Nova Scotia’s population.  In Halifax, a city that embraces the sea, all roads lead to the shore. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will take you on a voyage of discovery through Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage.  Perhaps the most popular exhibit in the Maritime Museum is the one that depicts the tragic history of the ill-fated Titanic that sank some 700 miles east of Halifax on April 15, 1912.   While the Cunard liner Carpathia was taking survivors to New York, 209 of the dead were brought to Halifax.   59 bodies were shipped home to relatives, but 150 were buried in Halifax cemeteries.  One of the first victims to be carried to his grave at Fairview Lawn was a small, unidentified baby boy.  A haunting tombstone marks his grave.



GRAVE OF UNKNOWN CHILD IN HALIFAX

Monday, February 13, 2017

VALENTINES ARE PRETTY IN PINK

BY JANET STEINBERG 

                                                                        
      I claim there ain’t
Another Saint
              As great as Valentine.
                                           Ogden Nash

Ahhhh, the color pink!  The color pink is symbolic of caring, compassion and unconditional love.  This magical melding of the colors red and white exudes a passion that puts stars in lovers’ eyes and links hearts together.  So, as we pay tribute to Saint Valentine, why not sweep your love off to a romantic pink palace, bathe in a sybaritic pink marble bathtub, or toast your love with the ultimate classic pink drink.
Cupid points his arrow at …

The Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa is the crowning glory of Florida's Gulf Coast.  You'll be tickled pink as you cross the causeway and catch your first glimpse of "The Pink Palace" majestically poised like a pink-iced wedding cake on the sandy shores of St. Pete Beach.  Affectionately dubbed “The Don”, this historic resort on the Gulf of Mexico opened in the late 1920s as the playground for America's coddled rich and famous.  In the early 1920s, this castle-by-the-sea was but a castle-in-the-air for Irishman Thomas Rowe who made his fortune in Florida real estate.  The hotel's pink exterior is reminiscent of the rosy lime and mortar mixture Rowe observed as a child in Ireland.  The hot pink color, known as "Don CeSar Rouge" is maintained partly to retain the Don's stature as an historic landmark in the National Register of Historic Places.

Monday, January 30, 2017

PORTLAND: THE QUINTESSENTIAL MAINE COAST

BY JANET STEINBERG


Surrounded by water, jutting out into an island-studded Casco Bay, Portland hosts a vibrant Maine coastline where arts meets adventure amidst a vibrant backdrop of stunning natural beauty.


WELCOME TO PORTLAND, MAINE

Portland, nestled between Maine’s forest-covered mountains and spectacular rugged coast, is a rough-hewn gem of New England. In addition to its many attractions, and fabulous restaurants, it is also an excellent home base for day tours to surrounding resorts and attractions.

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.