Monday, October 9, 2017

FAR AWAY PLACES WITH STRANGE SOUNDING NAMES



BY JANET STEINBERG


PART TWO

As I said in PART ONE of this series, you have probably never heard of these far away places with strange sounding names that hover below the average traveler’s radar. However, trust me…once you have been there you will never forget them.

Once again, let’s have some fun and test your knowledge of geography.  Before you read beyond the name of each place, see if you can name what country it is in.  The country’s name is included somewhere in the text that follows each name!

SZENTENDRE: A cruise along the Danube Bend, the most scenic stretch of the Danube River takes you to the town of Szentendre, Hungary. Just north of Budapest, Szentendre is home to the fabulous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum, It is also the best place to buy paprika and Helia-D, the magical face and eye creams in the little black glass jars…cheaper than in Budapest, and less than in the US.

TOWN SQUARE IN SZENTENDRE

Monday, September 25, 2017

FAR AWAY PLACES WITH STRANGE SOUNDING NAMES



BY JANET STEINBERG

PART ONE



You have probably never heard of these places, but trust me, once you’ve been there you will not forget these far away places with strange sounding names that hover below the average traveler’s radar.
Now let’s have some fun and test your knowledge of geography.  Before you read beyond the name of each place, see if you can name what country it is in.  The country’s name is included in the text that follows each name!

LLANFAIRPWLLGWYNGYLLGOGERYCHWYRNDROBWLLLLANTYSILIOGOGOGOCH: Absolutely no place on earth can top this one for being a far away place with a strange sounding name. Every place after this will be downhill. 
Yes, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is truly the name of a town in Anglesy, Wales.  With a name made up of 58 letters, it is indisputably the longest valid domain name in the world.  The English translation of the name is Saint Mary's Church In The Hollow Of The White Hazel Near A Rapid Whirlpool And The Church Of St. Tysilio Of The Red Cave.
It Is worth going to this town just to say you have been there…that is if you know how to say it.  In case you don’t, I’ll give you a pronunciation lesson: Clan vire pulth gwinn gith gor gerrick win drob uth clan tay see lee oh go go gogch.  The town’s historic railway station is the most popular destination because of the photo opportunities at the inevitably long station name sign.  Wherever you go in Wales, I can guarantee you that, at some point in time, you will end up having your picture taken in front of the railroad station-house sign. 

THE HISTORIC RAILWAY STATION IN LLANFAIRPWLLGWYNGYLLGOGERYCHWYRNDROBWLLLLANTYSILIOGOGOGOCH, WALES

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.