Monday, February 13, 2017

VALENTINES ARE PRETTY IN PINK

BY JANET STEINBERG 

                                                                        
      I claim there ain’t
Another Saint
              As great as Valentine.
                                           Ogden Nash

Ahhhh, the color pink!  The color pink is symbolic of caring, compassion and unconditional love.  This magical melding of the colors red and white exudes a passion that puts stars in lovers’ eyes and links hearts together.  So, as we pay tribute to Saint Valentine, why not sweep your love off to a romantic pink palace, bathe in a sybaritic pink marble bathtub, or toast your love with the ultimate classic pink drink.
Cupid points his arrow at …

The Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa is the crowning glory of Florida's Gulf Coast.  You'll be tickled pink as you cross the causeway and catch your first glimpse of "The Pink Palace" majestically poised like a pink-iced wedding cake on the sandy shores of St. Pete Beach.  Affectionately dubbed “The Don”, this historic resort on the Gulf of Mexico opened in the late 1920s as the playground for America's coddled rich and famous.  In the early 1920s, this castle-by-the-sea was but a castle-in-the-air for Irishman Thomas Rowe who made his fortune in Florida real estate.  The hotel's pink exterior is reminiscent of the rosy lime and mortar mixture Rowe observed as a child in Ireland.  The hot pink color, known as "Don CeSar Rouge" is maintained partly to retain the Don's stature as an historic landmark in the National Register of Historic Places.

Monday, January 30, 2017

PORTLAND: THE QUINTESSENTIAL MAINE COAST

BY JANET STEINBERG


Surrounded by water, jutting out into an island-studded Casco Bay, Portland hosts a vibrant Maine coastline where arts meets adventure amidst a vibrant backdrop of stunning natural beauty.


WELCOME TO PORTLAND, MAINE

Portland, nestled between Maine’s forest-covered mountains and spectacular rugged coast, is a rough-hewn gem of New England. In addition to its many attractions, and fabulous restaurants, it is also an excellent home base for day tours to surrounding resorts and attractions.

Monday, January 16, 2017

BERLIN, GERMANY: A CITY SHAPED BY HISTORY

BY JANET STEINBERG


Emotionally, architecturally, and literally, my Seabourn Pride’s Baltic Cruise Shore Excursion to Berlin was quite a ride!  

SEABOURN PRIDE ON HER BALTIC CRUISE

Our day in Berlin gave us a taste of its 20th century history with all its phases and radical changes.  We saw how the city confronted its past and is forging ahead to the future.  Architecturally, Berlin is a smorgasbord of architectural masterpieces, scanning centuries.  From the original Jewish Museum…to Libeskind’s 21st century addition…from the original Reichstag to Sir Norman Foster’s glass-domed roof…to Frank Gehry’s space age DZ Bank lobby. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

WAPAKONETA, OHIO: MOONRISE ON I-75

BY JANET STEINBERG


OMG!  There it was… a moon-like structure that seemed to be rising out of Interstate I-75 at Wapakoneta, Ohio.  I was about to check off another must-see on my bucket list…Wapakoneta!

WELCOME TO WAPAKONETA


What is Wapakoneta?   
What is in Wapakoneta?  
Why would anyone want to travel to Wapakoneta?  
I realize many of you may be wondering the answers to the above questions. Therefore, I will happily give you my answer in two words…Neil Armstrong.

WORLD HEADLINES BEGAN IN WAPAKONETA, OHIO

Since that moment on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 reached the moon, and the late Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface, Armstrong has been my hero. Until this very day, almost 50 years later, every time I look up at the moon I am still in utter disbelief that a man walked up there.

Monday, December 12, 2016

20I6: THE YEAR IN RETROSPECT

BY JANET STEINBERG


         "I travel for travel's sake…           
 Not to go anywhere, but to go.
The great affair is to move."

                                      Robert Louis Stevenson

As 2016 comes to a close, I once again look back on another year fulfilled by travel.  Some of you may have shared my adventures...some of you may have had your own.   Some of you may have day-dreamed along with me in the past...some will fantasize with me in the future.  Though often weary, and a bit frayed at the edges, I would arrive home from my travels only to find myself thinking about the next trip while still unpacking from the last.  I need only look back on my year's highlights to start planning for the year ahead.  The year of 2016 abounded with such travel favorites as the following: 

Cruise: My Caribbean cruise on Silversea’s Silver Spirit was pure pleasure…pure pampering…pure rest…and pure relaxation.  Yet I felt not an ounce of guilt on this 24-karat gilt trip.  As the ship glided away from the pier, headed for the Florida Straits and the Caribbean Sea, I knew that I was in for a special eight days.  From the moment of embarkation, when that first flute of champagne was thrust upon me, I was pampered by a dedicated crew that catered to my every whim and indulged me with the distinctive luxuries and celebrated lifestyle that I could become acustomed to very easily.  


SILVER SPIRIT ANCHORED IN BELIZE