Monday, October 8, 2018

WAPAKONETA: HONORING AMERICA’S “FIRST MAN”

BY JANET STEINBERG


On October 12 First Man, depicting one of the most dangerous missions in history, will light up the silver screen in theaters around the country.   This biographical drama is the riveting story behind Neil Armstrong’s mission to the moon, one of the most dangerous missions in history.

By now you are probably wondering what a movie production is doing in a travel column. Please allow me to give you the answer to that question in one word…Wapakoneta. 

WAPAKONETA, OHIO…POPULATION: 9,867 

Monday, September 24, 2018

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF TRAVEL

BY JANET STEINBERG



                                                                                   
                 ”Price is what you pay, value is what you get.”
                                                                                                                        Warren Buffett


I. THOU SHALT BEWARE OF BARGAINS.
If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Some unsavory merchants around the world are licking their chops awaiting the arrival of naïve tourists. A ‘Louis Vuitton ’purse is not always a Louis Vuitton purse…a ‘Hermes’ scarf is not always a Hermes scarf…and a ‘Rolex’ watch is not always a Rolex watch.  It is not often you will find an honest merchant like the one I met in Ephesus who promises that his watches are fake.

BEWARE OF BARGAINS AND FAKES

Monday, September 10, 2018

KENTUCKY DISTILLED: NATIONAL BOURBON HERITAGE MONTH

BY JANET STEINBERG


Sample the spirit of Kentucky during September…National Bourbon Heritage Month.  Throughout the United States, the month of September marks the annual celebration of bourbon as America's "Native Spirit".

On August 2, 2007, the US Senate declared September as "National Bourbon Heritage Month."  The bill, sponsored by the late Kentucky Senator and Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, passed by unanimous consent.  The bill reinforces the 1964 Act of Congress that declared bourbon "America's Native Spirit" by celebrating the family heritage, tradition and deep-rooted legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States.  And, what better way to savor the ultimate bourbon experience than on a trip to Kentucky?

KENTUCKY CELEBRATES DURING NATIONAL BOURBON HERITAGE MONTH

Monday, August 27, 2018

THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE

BY JANET STEINBERG


                   “The fundamental things apply, as time goes by.”                                                       Casablanca-1942

Clocks make a statement.  You can be transported back in time or catapulted into the future just by looking at a clock.  Timepieces, differing around the world, can range from medieval to modern...serious to quirky.  They may be works of art, set a mood or give a feeling about their location, their customs or their people. 
On Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, The Old Town Hall’s medieval Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj) puts on an hourly show known as The Walk of the Apostles.  The show, that never fails to draw a large audience, features miniature figures of the Apostles—plus a skeletal representation of Death—who strikes the time every hour on the hour. The mechanical clock and astronomical dial date back to 1410 and has been repaired many times over the centuries.  The clock’s 600th anniversary in 2010 was celebrated with a light show on the face of the clock tower.


PRAGUE’S ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK

Monday, August 6, 2018

HELSINKI, FINLAND: FINNTASTIC!


BY JANET STEINBERG


Tervetuloa  Helsinkiin.  (Welcome to Helsinki.) 

Helsinki, located on the southern coast of Finland (called Suomi by the Finns), has had more than its share of press since the Helsinki Summit.    However, prior to its recent political exposure, this handsome "White City of the North" has long been an under-the-radar destination.  Nevertheless, it is one city that is truly worth getting to know.

Helsinki lies very close to 60° North Latitude.  This explains its abundance of light in summer months and the fact that around June 22, the night lasts about 1 hour 20 minutes.   Finland's unique culture and way of life can be attributed to its geographic location sandwiched between East and West.  For more than half a millennium, Finland was part of Sweden. After which time the Grand Duchy of Finland was established within the Russian Empire.

 A CAFE UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN