Monday, December 8, 2014

COSTA RICA: WHERE LIFE IS “PURA VIDA”


BY JANET STEINBERG


“Como esta?”  (how are you?) is the friendly greeting of Costa Ricans when you arrive in their tiny country of approximately 4-million people. Don’t reply: “Fine”.  Just say: “Pura vida!”  More than any other two words in a Costa Rican’s vocabulary, Pura vida (Life is good) reflects their upbeat attitude.

Being the cruise-aholic that I am, I choose to visit Costa Rica by ship.  After transiting the Panama Canal, and spending a full day at sea, I disembarked in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.  Puntarenas, meaning ‘Sandy Point”, is the West Coast port of call that serves as the gateway to the country.
  
 
COLORFUL BUILDING IN PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA

Monday, November 24, 2014

NICE. FRANCE: LIFE DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER!


BY JANET STEINBERG


A gentle breeze wafting through French balconies overlooking the Promenade des Anglais…an aquamarine sea lapping the shore of a glimmering stone beach…a canopied 4-poster bed flanked by 17th century sconces and paisley linen walls…a bottle of champagne shared with someone you love.  Life doesn’t get much better than that!  For me, that paradisiacal life was at the Hotel Negresco in Nice, France, the legendary palace hotel that has been my French Riviera home-away-from-home for the past 3 decades.  



HOTEL NEGRESCO

Monday, November 10, 2014

DETROIT, MICHIGAN: THE LOWDOWN ON MOTOWN



BY JANET STEINBERG
                
Like a ball that’s been slammed to the ground, Detroit has been slammed to the ground.  But like a ball, Detroit is bouncing back. Truly America’s “Comeback City”, Detroit has hit a home run with me. Detroit’s downtown occupancy rate is now at 98% and there is a waiting list for downtown living.  The Detroit Riverfront placed number 9 in the “10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best American Riverfront”.

DETROIT’S RIVERFRONT VOTED ONE OF AMERICA’S TOP TEN

Monday, October 27, 2014

TEREZIN: SCENE OF TERROR AND TORTURE



BY JANET STEINBERG

 
                                    “To remember not to forget...”
                                      From the poem “Butterflies Do Not Live Here”
                                      By Paul Friedman (died in Terezin 6/6/42)
                                               
Two weeks of pure pleasure awaited me.  Prior to sailing down the Danube River to Budapest, my husband and I had flown into Prague to spend several days in that city of 100 golden spires . However, we felt compelled to take one day off from those anticipated two weeks of pleasure, to visit Terezin Concentration Camp about one hour outside of Prague.  That somber day in the Czech Republic, will certainly rank as one of my most memorable travel days ever.
           
THE STREETS OF TEREZIN

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW YORK CITY: FIRST TIME EVER



BY JANET STEINBERG

Although I’ve been to New York City dozens of times…done dozens of things…taken dozens of tours…I called this my “First Time Ever” trip. This time was going to be different.  This time I would do things…and go places…I’ve never experienced before in The Big Apple.

GROUND ZERO MEMORIAL: Without a doubt, number one on my “First Time Ever” list had to be a visit to the Ground Zero Memorial.  I had been to Ground Zero shortly after 9/11/2001, when I tearfully tossed a white rose into a muddy hole in the ground. However, it was now time to see how the indomitable spirit of America had survived.

GROUND ZERO IN 2001