BY JANET STEINBERG
Looking back into my childhood, my most treasured memories are those of good ole summertime Ohio River cruises aboard the majestic Island Queen. For 35-cents, this grand and stately, green and white, 5-deck side-wheeler traveled ten miles up river from downtown Cincinnati to Coney Island, the beloved amusement park that enticed us with its Lost River and Sunlite Pool.
As the Island Queen's huge paddle dipped into the river's muddy waters, and Homer Denny's calliope music rang throughout the boat, I would find myself a secluded rail on the upper deck and dream my way up a lazy river.
It was not visions of hot dogs and cotton candy that danced in my pre-pubescent head, but dreams of excitement brought about by the motion of a river...any river...a river that endlessly flows backward into time and forward into adventure…a river that is banked by pyramids or castles or virgin forests…a river that, decades later, I would explore from the luxury of an ocean liner or from the intimacy of a floating "boatel".
Come on board with me for my idyllic cruises on some of the most exciting and romantic rivers in the world.
THE AMAZON RIVER: O Rio Mar! The River Sea! The world's largest river, that fires the imagination of all who dare to dream, dominates the land and the people who come in contact with it.
BRAZILIZIANS SWIM IN THE MIGHTY MUDDY AMAZON