Monday, June 19, 2017

FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY: FRANKFORT DISTILLED

BY JANET STEINBERG 

                                                                        
           Part 2 of a Series


                     Some measure time by stars 
        And some by hours;
                          Some measure days by dreams,
           And some by flowers.
                                                                        - Madison Cawein, Kentucky Poet  


Once you have walked hand-in-hand with history in the streets of old town Frankfort, it’s time to turn your attention to some special attractions…ones you might have seen in passing, or read about in brochures, but didn’t take the time to really absorb and enjoy. 
Let begin with the hand Mother Nature plays in Frankfort.  Not to be upstaged by the Capital City’s political status, Mother Nature takes center stage with her undulating Kentucky River that winds its way around the base of the city, and with her scenic Bluegrass Country hills that surround it.  Her seasonal flowers blanket the Capitol grounds, grace the specialty gardens of government buildings, and form the face of a renowned clock.

KENTUCKY RIVER WINDS AROUND THE BASE OF THE CITY

Monday, June 5, 2017

FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY: CHANCES ARE…

BY JANET STEINBERG


Part 1 of a Series 


Chances are…if you ever traveled to Kentucky, you explored such attractions as the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, or Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville.

Chances are… if you did travel to Louisville or Lexington, you never bothered to take the time to explore Frankfort, Kentucky’s small-town capital city perfectly positioned between those two cities. 

Well, I took the time, and I’m sure glad I did!    


A WARM WELCOME AWAITS VISITORS TO FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY

Monday, May 22, 2017

TRAVEL MELDS THE BITTER WITH THE SWEET

BY JANET STEINBERG

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
                                                                                                George Santayana

With Memorial Day almost upon us, I have been thinking back on my memories of some three-plus decades of travel writing.  Happily, I’ve never become jaded. 

I am still in awe of the fantastic experiences that the magic carpet of travel has swept me to.  Yes, it’s been a great ride!  I spent a weekend in Monte Carlo partying with the Royal Family of Monaco…met a bevy of movie stars, astronauts, royalty and politicians…flew at Mach 2 on both the British and French Concordes…sailed some 140 cruises…circumnavigated the world on a romantic honeymoon...visited the Arctic and Antarctic…ingested numerous kilos of caviar…and drank enough champagne to fill an Olympic swimming pool.

However, with that being said, the memories most etched in my mind are not those sybaritic, hedonistic ones that brought me undeniable pleasure.  The trips that carved a permanent place in my heart and my mind are the ones that inevitably brought tears to my eyes. 

As we approach this upcoming Memorial Day, relive with me some of the world’s sad and sobering experiences that have made this business of travel even more meaningful. 

WAR SITES: The Normandy Beaches are the sites where the members of “The Greatest Generation” landed on June 6, 1944.  The men who landed at Normandy on D-Day made up the largest military invasion from the sea in the history of the world. The code name for the landing was “Operation Neptune”.  Omaha Beach was the bloodiest of the D-Day landings.  The American Cemetery, located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead.

THE AMERICAN CEMETERY IN NORMANDY

Monday, May 1, 2017

SUNNY SAN JUAN: SEA, SAND, AND SERENITY

BY JANET STEINBERG

                                                                                                            
Saludos Amigos !  Bienvenido a Puerto Rico.  Greetings friends.  Welcome to Puerto Rico.  This sun-drenched island wears three faces: historic old San Juan…a lush, colorful interior…and lively, opulent beach resorts. Whether you are looking for a secluded retreat or a mecca of activity, you can find it all in sunny San Juan.

WELCOME TO SAN JUAN

San Juan, where palm-fringed beaches of the Atlantic meet aquamarine waters of the Caribbean, is a city teeming with vitality and culture.  And much of it can be observed by boarding one of the free trolleys that allows both locals and tourists to hop on and off around different routes of the city.  All trolleys stop at the cruise ship pier.

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.