Monday, February 23, 2015

BARBADOS: THE SUNNY BRITISH ISLE


BY JANET STEINBERG

Barbados is a magical mélange of hustle, bustle, charm, and class.  Beneath a turquoise sky, and surrounded by aquamarine waters, this idyllic island is a solace for relaxation and a virtual mecca for active lifestyles and cultural pursuits.  It is endless sun-washed, sugary, sand beaches and craggy, dark, underground caves.  It is green monkeys and flying fish; reggae and karaoke; booze cruises and rum tours; beachfront hair braiders and spa-tacular hot stone massages.


BEAUTIFUL BARBADOS BEACH

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CURACAO: A SWINGING QUEEN, A FLOATING MARKET, AND A SAND-FLOORED SYNAGOGUE



BY JANET STEINBERG

She’s “The Swinging Queen”.

No, you’re not hearing the words of a new ABBA song, nor are you reading the title of a hit tune in a “Mamma Mia” sequel. This Swinging Queen is Queen Emma, Willemstad’s famous 19th-century pontoon bridge that, without saying a word, shouts “bon-bini” (welcome) to Curacao.

Queen Emma may be old and pudgy, but Queen Emma still swings.  This venerable old lady, taking it somewhat easier in her late years, is now closed to vehicular traffic and has become a giant floating sidewalk for pedestrians.


THE SWINGING QUEEN EMMA BRIDGE

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ANTIGUA: THE BEACH-A-DAY ISLAND



 BY JANET STEINBERG

Playa, Playa, Playa, (beach, beach, beach) might well have been the name for Antigua, had Christopher Columbus known it had 365 crescent-shaped, white sand beaches...one for each day of the year.  Instead, Antigua (pronounced An-TEE-gah), one of Columbus’ favorite discoveries (during his second voyage of 1493) got its name from Santa Maria la Antiqua, his favorite church in Seville.
 
WELCOME TO ANTIGUA

Monday, January 5, 2015

BEAUTY AND THE BEACH


BY JANET STEINBERG

Turquoise!  Although it is not my favorite color, to me this aqua-blue hue connotes two things of exceptional beauty…a brilliant aquamarine gemstone and a brilliant Caribbean sea.  For all intents and purposes, when winter’s frigid breath paints it frosty picture up North, I prefer the latter.

On one of my cruises to the Southern Caribbean and Lesser Antilles, we began with beautiful beaches and ended with beautiful beaches.  And, in between, I was treated to an island that showcases the unspoiled beauty of nature.

ARUBA: Bon bini: Welcome to Aruba. Wherever you wander in Aruba, you’ll find beaches…beaches that are secluded, sexy, windswept, or historic.  As to where you choose to throw your towel down, that’s another story.  As the saying goes: ‘you pays your money and you takes your choice’. 
 
THROW YOUR TOWEL DOWN IN ARUBA

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014: THE YEAR IN RETROSPECT


BY JANET STEINBERG





The Midwest Travel Writers’ Convention, the birth of three great-grandchildren, and the wedding of my grandson, were among the reasons that kept me from traveling abroad this past year.  However, in spite of the fact that there was no time for traveling internationally, those reasons didn’t keep me from having many fascinating experiences. Come along with me as I share my favorite domestic travel experiences of the past year in our own beautiful country.

EASTERN CITY: New York, New York...a city so great they say their name twice.   Nicknamed "The Big Apple" in 1971, the term was originally used in the 1920s and 1930s by jazz musicians as a way of saying, "There are many apples on the success tree, but when you pick New York City, you pick the Big Apple."  It came to mean "the big time".
 

NEW YORK CITY VIEWED FROM THE 86th FLOOR OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING