Monday, April 17, 2017

ST. THOMAS: THE MOST COSMOPOLITAN U.S. VIRGIN ISLAND

BY: JANET STEINBERG

ST. THOMAS: This island, with its deep-harbor, red-roofed capital of Charlotte Amalie (pronounced ah-MAHL-ya) is the most cosmopolitan of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).  Today, the town is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Its old-world downtown area was once a New World sea-trading crossroads where the wealth of Europe's colonial nations was exchanged. 

CRUISE SHIPS LINE HARBOR OF RED-ROOFED CHARLOTTE AMALIE 
If you arrive on one of the many cruise ships that dock in the harbor every day, you can find something for everyone just minutes from the dock. There’s hair braiding by Ladi Rainbow.

Monday, March 27, 2017

GRENADA: THE SPICE OF THE CARIBBEAN

BY: JANET STEINBERG

Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what the idyllic island of Grenada is made of.  From sugar cane waving into the fields…to cocoa beans drying in the sun…to nutmeg and cinnamon assuaging our olfactory senses…little wonder that Grenada is know as the Caribbean’s  ‘Isle of Spice’.  The most southern of the Windward Islands, Grenada is located some 100 miles from Venezuela. This lush verdant island lies nestled between the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean.

SPICE ISLAND WELCOME

A 4-piece steel band welcomed us as we disembarked from our cruise ship in St. Georges, the picturesque capital of Grenada established in the 18th century by the French.  Departing the pier, we passed by the early 18th century Sendall Tunnel that was built by the French under the rocky promontory topped by Fort George.  Fort George, known as Fort Royal in the days of French rule, still stands guard above the harbor.  It ancient cannons still manage to fire salutes on special occasions.  

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.