Monday, February 4, 2019

ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR

ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR
By Janet Steinberg 
     “The meeting of two personalities
                            Is like the contact of two chemical substances:
                            If there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
Carl Gustav Jung-1933

    Cupid is coming.  Champagne, roses and chocolate-covered strawberries!  As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air. The poetess Elizabeth Barrett Browning asked: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Ask yourself: “How do I count the places where I can celebrate love?” 


RECIPE FOR ROMANCE: JUST ADD ROSES AND CHOCOLATES

Monday, January 21, 2019

MOST MEMORABLE BARS…BAR NONE!



By Janet Steinberg

Tavern…lounge…pub…café…saloon.  Call it what you may, a bar by any other name is still a bar.
Sometimes, a low-key, down-home beer joint can be just what the doctor ordered.  Other times you might crave the serene atmosphere of a ritzy cocktail lounge.  In addition to an affable bartender and the proper knowledge of the art of mixology, a touch of history can also contribute to the factors that make a bar memorable.  Here are a few of the places where you can find some of the world’s most memorable watering holes.

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND is a beautifully preserved walking-city with an architectural tapestry dating back to the 17th century.  You can stroll through history on Newport’s dramatic 3.5 mile Cliff Walk where paved walkways and stone paths wind along the island’s southeastern edge.  The Cliff Walk is bordered on one side by the massive mansions (aka “summer cottages”) of America’s turn-of-the-century elite and on the other by granite cliffs and pounding surf.   Paying homage to the past as it celebrates the present, this “Sailing Capital of the World” is home to THE WHITE HORSE TAVERN, the oldest bar (1673) in America. in its early pirate days, Newport was one of the rum capitals of the United States. The Dark and Stormy (non-alcoholic ginger beer topped off with Gosling's Dark Rum and a lime wedge) is the tavern’s signature drink.


WHITE HORSE TAVERN HAS WITNESSED ITS SHARE OF AMERICAN HISTORY

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

BRIGHT IS BEAUTIFUL: COLORFUL PLACES


By Janet Steinberg 

Color plays an important role in our lives.  It can stir our  emotions, make us  happy or sad, subtly influence our choices, give insight to our personality, effect our mood or enhance our appearance.  It can even play a role in our travels.  No matter how tired we are…or how bored we might be at the moment…when something colorful pops up, so do we!   Come with me to some of my favorite colorful places.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINALA BOCA, once the home of Italian immigrants and fishermen is now an artists' community with corrugated tin and wood houses in a riotous splash of color.  Resembling something that Van Gogh might have done during one of his manic phases, La Boca is the city's most picturesque place.

LA BOCA NEIGHBORHOOD
When it comes to color in La Boca, it is not just limited to houses.  The shops are colorful…

COLORFUL SHOP IN LA BOCA

…and so is the soccer stadium.

EXTERIOR MURAL ON THE BLUE AND GOLD SOCCER STADIUM

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: Velkommen til Copenhagen.  (Welcome to Copenhagen.)  Wonderful wonderful Copenhagen…one of the loveliest capitals in Europe and home of the colorful TIVOLI GARDENS, the world's first theme park.  Founded in 1843, some 300 million people have since passed through its gates.  No plastic or neon lights are allowed in this beloved fairy tale garden.  Music, rides and the colorful Tivoli Boys Guard are part of the entertainment.  Added to that are splendid fireworks displays,t he three-story Tivoli Museum,  and a plethora of restaurants, cafes and cafeterias. 

RESTAURANT IN THE COLOR-FILLED TIVOLI GARDENS

The charming Dutch island of CURACAO (pronounced CURE-a-sow) is considered one of the best islands in the Caribbean. The immaculate streets are lined with authentic narrow-gabled, red tile-roofed houses reminiscent of 17th century Holland and storybook buildings painted every color but white. The 5-block, pastel-painted PUNDA area of Willemstad offers a variety of shops.

THE PASTEL-PAINTED PUNDA AREA OF WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA: Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning.  The city, serenely located at the tip of a peninsula formed by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, is known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people. Local lore has it that the two rivers meet in Charleston Harbor to form the Atlantic Ocean.  Quintessential exaggeration, but fun!  With its rich 300-year history, Charleston (locals drop the “r” and pronounce it Chows-ton) may well be America's most beautifully preserved architectural and historical treasure.  

RAINBOW ROW is the area named for a series of thirteen colorful historic houses on East Bay Street.  This picturesque section of town got its name from the pastel colors in which the homes were painted.  Rainbow Row represents the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States.

RAINBOW ROW IN CHARLESTON SC

HAMILTON, BERMUDA is the globally sophisticated, yet down-home, warm and fuzzy capital city of Bermuda.  FRONT STREET, facing the harbour, is a magical mélange of jewel-toned buildings housing shops, bar and restaurants.  Contrary to common errors, Bermuda is a secluded paradise in the Atlantic Ocean (not the Caribbean), some 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Actually, this 21-square mile area, which we collectively call the island of Bermuda, is a chain of approximately 138 small islands, connected by causeways and bridges.  And, contrary to another misconception, the Bermuda islands are quite different from the Caribbean islands.  They are less tropical, cleaner, more formal and more expensive.  If it's reggae and beach barbecues you crave, head for the Caribbean.  But if you desire superb golfing, fine shopping, gourmet dining, pristine pink beaches, and upscale hotels on a manicured island, Bermuda is for you.

JEWEL-TONED BUILDINGS ON HAMILTON’S FRONT STREET

PARINTINS BOI-BUMBÁ FESTIVAL, in the fun-loving country of Brazil, is a combination of theater, music and dance.  Second only to Carnival in Rio, this popular annual celebration in the Amazon River port town of Parintins is an elaborate blend of feathers, floats, and folklore.  A visit to a FLOAT FACTORY is an interesting behind-the scenes look at this colorful cultural event.


PARINTINES FLOAT FACTORY

The late JEAN CLAUDE NOVARO (1943-2014) was a world–renowned glassblower named in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the largest hand-blown work ever.  His unique techniques, that created some of the world's finest glass sculptures, included spraying liquid gold into glass and hand painting or inserting 24-karat old leaf between layers of blown glass.  The Civil Aviation Authority of Nice, France commissioned him to create a piece for the Arrivals Lounge at the Nice airport.  Art connoisseurs around the globe prize his work. Listed among the many past acquirers of Novaro glass art are such names as Prince Albert II of Monaco, Robert De Niro, Alain Ducasse and Frank Sinatra.

NOVARO SCULPTURE IN NICE, FRANCE AIRPORT

JANET STEINBERG is the winner of 47 national Travel Writing Awards and is a Travel Consultant with THE TRAVEL AUTHORITY in Mariemont, Ohio.

Monday, December 3, 2018

THERE’S SNOW PLACE LIKE FLORIDA FOR THE HOLIDAYS


By Janet Steinberg

You may not have a white Christmas, but you will have a bright one.   You may not have icicles cascading from the trees and a snowman on your lawn, but you will have twinkling palm trees and Santa on the sand.   Florida during the holiday season is everything you might expect up north…sans the freezing weather.   And, if you can plan to be there a week or so before Christmas, you will have it all at a cost that is considerably less than after the “Social Season” begins around December 20th.  

There are a myriad of great cities in Florida, but for now let’s have a look at some of what Florida’s West Coast has to offer. 

NAPLES, the well-planned city nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Everglades, is light years away from the glitz and glitter of some other parts of South Florida.  With its white sandy beaches, cool winter breezes and dreamy sunsets, Naples celebrates the season with the timeless traditions of Christmas tree lightings, Christmas parades, Christmas Lights at Victoria Park and the Nutcracker at Artis-Naples, the premier center for the arts in Southwest Florida. 

CHRISTMAS PAST AT THE INN ON FIFTH IN NAPLES