Monday, September 11, 2017

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: LET’S GET AWAY FROM IT ALL




                              
BY JANET STEINBERG
 
“Let’s take a powder, to Boston for Chowder, let’s get away from it all.”

As a teenager, I swooned as Frank Sinatra sang it to me.  As an adult, I delighted as I sailed into Boston Haarbor, the second-to last port stop on a cruise that transported me 2087 glorious nautical miles from Montreal to New York City.  

“Beantown”, as Boston is affectionately dubbed, is much more than Boston Baked Beans.  It is ducks that will splash you into the waters of the Charles River and swans that will glide you atop the waters of the Lagoon in Boston’s Public Garden.  It is a 3-mile, red-painted Freedom Trail, and a Holocaust Memorial that towers along that trail.

I guarantee you a quacking good time when you board a Boston Duck Tour.  This particular breed of Ducks was hatched during World War II to meet the demand for an amphibious transport that was half boat and half truck.  The transport, with the code name of DUKW, played a crucial role in allied operations including the D-Day landing in Normandy.

PILOT GUIDES DUCK FROM ROCKY SHORELINE FOR SPLASHDOWN INTO CHARLES RIVER

Monday, August 28, 2017

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND: GEORGE WASHINGTON SAT HERE

BY JANET STEINBERG


Newport, Rhode Island, a beautifully preserved walking-city with an architectural tapestry dating back to the 17th century, pays homage to the past as it celebrates the present.   

WELCOME TO NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

President George Washington sat in the synagogue here.  Philanthropist Judah Touro is buried here; and the founders of America’s industrial society summered here.  Founded in 1639 by a group of dissidents seeking religious and political freedom not available in some northern colonies, Newport became a summer refuge for the nation’s elite.  

Monday, August 14, 2017

BRIDGING GAPS AROUND THE WORLD

BY JANET STEINBERG



"I want to be the bridge to the next generation”
Michael Jordan

BRIDGE?  What is a bridge?  

A bridge can be different things to different people.  It can be a ship's control room…an understanding between people…the closing of a generation gap…a means of approach…the top of a nose…or even a partial plate of false teeth.  However, the bridges that fascinate me the most are those structures that allow passage across an obstacle. We walk on some, we drive on some, we sail under some and we even shop on some.  

In some respects, bridges are like people.  They have personalities and even nicknames such as The Swinging Queen, The Comb and The Coathanger. They personify the imagination, the architecture and the art of a city.  Next time you approach a bridge, don’t just walk on it or drive across it.   Be sure to look at it…I mean really look at it!  When I finally took a good look at a bridge that had been in my Cincinnati hometown for decades before I was born, I realized there was a treasure approximately one mile from my home.  Please allow me to share with you my hometown treasure and some other architectural gems from around the world.

Monday, July 31, 2017

CALISTOGA, CALIFORNIA: HOT SPRINGS, COOL WINES AND MUD BATHS

BY JANET STEINBERG

In California’s Napa Valley, Calistoga was the vision of Sam Brannan who purchased property, including the "Spring Grounds", in the early 1860s. Impressed by the New York resort of Saratoga, he decided to make his development the "Saratoga of California."  After too much champagne, Brannan slurred "we'll make this the Calistoga of Sarifornia".  Realizing his mistake, he then proclaimed, "So be it!  We'll just name it Calistoga".         

         
Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort is synonymous with the word Calistoga.  One of Calistoga's oldest spas, Dr. Wilkinson’s has been serving guests for approximately 65 years.  When I first visited this iconic wine country resort around the turn of the century, the late Doc Wilkinson was in his eighties and still greeting his guests. The then-octogenarian “King of Mud”, told me that “the mud baths will always be the main attraction here .”   Since Dr. Wilkinson’s death, his children Carolynne and Mark have carried on their father’s tradition and history. The original 1952 neon sign still glows and legacy abounds.  They have kept a certain formula while keeping up with the times...constantly upgrading the lodging and amenities. There is even a TESLA charging station on property.

THE ORIGINAL1952  NEON SIGN 

Monday, July 17, 2017

FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY: SIX IN THE CITY

BY JANET STEINBERG

Part 4 of a Series

Whether it’s wood, stone or metal…whether it’s carved or cast…whether it’s a monumental work of art  or a preliminary miniature maquette…I simply adore sculpture.  Wherever I travel I search the globe for sensational sculpture, be it a world capital or the 4th smallest capital city in the United States. This time it is the latter…six sculptures in Kentucky’s tiny capital city of Frankfort. 

1. NEXUS, and its sister sculpture, 'Now Get', sits in front of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Building at the convergence of Holmes, High, and Mero Streets. Sculptors Erika Streker and Tony Higdon describe the 50-foot tall Nexus as an amalgamation of themes relating to transportation, including a bridge form, the wing of an airplane, and a boat form. The sculptors, who created the sculpture horizontally and then installed it vertically, explained that the title of the piece means a convergence or coming together.


NEXUS