Monday, July 17, 2017

FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY: SIX IN THE CITY

BY JANET STEINBERG

Part 4 of a Series

Whether it’s wood, stone or metal…whether it’s carved or cast…whether it’s a monumental work of art  or a preliminary miniature maquette…I simply adore sculpture.  Wherever I travel I search the globe for sensational sculpture, be it a world capital or the 4th smallest capital city in the United States. This time it is the latter…six sculptures in Kentucky’s tiny capital city of Frankfort. 

1. NEXUS, and its sister sculpture, 'Now Get', sits in front of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Building at the convergence of Holmes, High, and Mero Streets. Sculptors Erika Streker and Tony Higdon describe the 50-foot tall Nexus as an amalgamation of themes relating to transportation, including a bridge form, the wing of an airplane, and a boat form. The sculptors, who created the sculpture horizontally and then installed it vertically, explained that the title of the piece means a convergence or coming together.


NEXUS

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

BOURBON, BROWNS & MORE: 100-PROOF PURE PLEASURE


BY JANET STEINBERG 

Part 3 of a Series

Hot Browns and Po-Boys…fried green tomatoes and bourbon pie!  

The dining scene in small-town Frankfort, Kentucky (the 4th smallest capital city in the US) is down-home, yet down right delicious. On a recent visit, I did not find sophisticated restaurants with Michelin stars, starched linen tablecloths, and white-gloved waiters.  However, what I did find were fun diners, locally owned bistros, and Mom & Pop restaurants, with food that would please even the most sophisticated palate.  My first dinner in Frankfort had to be that of the traditional Kentucky favorite, the Hot Brown. 

HOT BROWN is not a fashion statementnot a trendy color to wear to an autumn dinner party. Hot Brown is dinner!  It is a culinary concoction dating back to the 1920’s when it was created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.  The Hot Brown has survived for almost a century and has since become a ‘Kentucky Thing’.

GIBBY’S HOT BROWN

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