Monday, November 6, 2017

SPENDING TIME WITH FRIENDS I NEVER MET



BY JANET STEINBERG
 

The magic carpet of travel has taken me around the world and given me the opportunity to meet some of the most famous people in the world.  It has also given me the opportunity to spend time with those I never met …but would have liked to meet.  Please allow me to introduce you to my new best bronze friends that I have never met…and, unfortunately, never will!

ALLIES SCULPTURE:  Lawrence Holofcener’s  bronze sculpture, celebrating the relationship between Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was unveiled by Princess Margaret in London England on May 2, 1995.  The sculpture commemorated fifty years of peace.  I could almost hear the amiable conversation between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill holding his trademark cigar. Like millions of other tourists, I was honored to take my place between two of the 20th century’s most exalted heroes. 

ROOSEVELT & CHURCHILL IN LONDON

Monday, October 23, 2017

SLOVAKIA’S CAPITAL CITY: SMALL IN AREA, BIG IN ATTRACTIONS

Dobry den.  (Good day.)  Welcome to Bratislava.

BRATISLAVA, the powerful capital of Hungary for more than three centuries during the Middle Ages, is now the bustling modern capital of Slovakia (the home of Andy Warhol’s parents).  This picturesque city, situated where the Danube River meets the Carpathian Mountains, borders Austria in the west and Hungary in the south.

Formerly a part of Czechoslovakia, Bratislava became the capital of the Slovak Republic on January 1, 1993.  It is the seat of the most important political, scientific, industrial, commercial, educational and cultural institutions of Slovakia.  Bratislava, formerly known as Pressburg, is populated by some 599,000 Slovaks.  

Bratislava Castle, built more than 1000 years ago on a promontory some 270 feet above the Danube, dominates the city as it stands guard over the river.  The landmark castle derived its nickname of the “upturned table” from its silhouette that gives that appearance.  From the castle grounds, one can enjoy a panoramic view of the city’s contrasting architecture.
The baroque, historic, Old Quarter of Bratislava is in sharp contrast to the unsightly concrete structures erected by the Communists in the 1970s.  The Old Quarter houses a wide spectrum of museums and galleries.

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