Monday, August 31, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO: IT’S THE RIO THING



BY JANET STEINBERG


RIO DE JANEIRO..."River of January"...Like a sensual woman, the mere mention of her name connotes romance and excitement.  Before you even arrive you will feel her anticipatory magic under your skin.

The breathtaking city of Rio de Janeiro was so named by the Portuguese who mistook its island-dotted harbor for a river when they discovered it in January 1502.  The city's name may have been a mistake, but there is no mistaking the aura of romance, adventure and youthful exuberance that leaves the city of Rio unrivaled in all the world.

Rio de Janeiro.  What remains to be said about a city of fantasy and dreams?  "God," say the Brazilians, "made the world in six days.  On the seventh he made Rio."  Rio is unquestionably one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Exuberant Cariocas, the name given to the10-million natives of Rio de Janeiro, will wrap their warmth around you.  Exotic siren-like Guanabara Bay will wrap its beaches around you.

EXUBERANT YOUNG CARIOCAS IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Monday, August 17, 2015

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE ROME

BY JANET STEINBERG



Buon giorno.  Good morning.  Having received port clearance in Civitavecchia, Italy, folllowing my Mediterranean cruise, I opted for a sightseeing tour in Civitavecchio and a post-cruise stay in the Eternal City of Rome.

SIGHTSEEING BUS IN CIVITAVECCHIA




An hour-plus drive took us through the Etruscan countryside, along the Via Aurelia, to Rome.  Rome…that magical city of overwhelming riches and enormous poverty…where traffic flows like Chianti and cars are lethal weapons…where it’s easy to be pick-pocketed, but difficult to be bored. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

IRELAND:THATCHED COTTAGES, CRYSTAL, AND COFFEE WITH A KICK



BY JANET STEINBERG

Forty shades of green.  I can think of no better way to describe Ireland, The Emerald Isle.

IRELAND  IS FORTY SHADES OF GREEN

Monday, July 20, 2015

IT’S BETTER IN THE BAHAMAS

BY JANET STEINBERG



PART SIX OF A SERIES



The Bahamas is not one destination, but many. The Bahamas is a 600-mile long archipelago of about 3000 islands but only 30 of them are permanently occupied.  Each island is unique, but they are all part of a whole that Bahamians refer to as their “Family of Islands”. Some of the better-known Islands of the Bahamas are New Providence, Paradise, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma, and Eleuthera.  Each island has its own personality and each is surrounded by pristine, colorful water, fanned by gentle trade winds, and graced with miles of untouched beaches.


WELCOME TO NASSAU



Monday, July 6, 2015

BERMUDA:A PICTURE POSTCARD ISLAND

BY JANET STEINBERG


PART FIVE OF A SERIES


Having sailed some 641 nautical miles from Norfolk on Silversea’s Silver Shadow, we reached the delicate water-colored islands of Bermuda that are among the most beloved islands in the world.  Under a “pink cloud of oleanders, the idyllic islands of Bermuda are framed by a shimmering turquoise ocean.  Homes painted in pastel colors, and topped with white lime-washed roofs, line the flawless spun-sugar beaches of these breathtakingly beautiful islands.


A TURQUOISE OCEAN AND A FLAWLESS SPUN-SUGAR BEACH