Monday, July 16, 2018

COOL POOLS: FROM HERE TO INFINITY

BY JANET STEINBERG


Cool it!  As summer’s thermostat reaches OMG numbers, it’s time to hang out by the pool.  Forget ye ole swimming hole and head for the most beautiful pool ever…the infinity pool. 
'What in the world', you may ask, 'is an infinity pool?'  Infinity has been defined as a quality of having no limits or end, something that makes the line between man and Mother Nature’s handiwork seem fuzzy.  The vanishing edge swimming pool…water with no boundary…the infinity pool…seamlessly merges the pool’s water into another body of water.     


INFINITY POOL IN ARUBA MERGES WATER INTO WATER

Monday, June 25, 2018

I LOVE MARKETS

BY JANET STEINBERG


I hate to cook, but I love markets!  

I don’t know why, or what it is about them, but wherever I am in the world, the marketplace seems to beckon me.  The simplest explanation might just be that it is a magical melding of the 3 C’s…Color, Cacophony and Camaraderie.  And, oh yes, lest we forget number 4…the s-cents!

Grab your virtual shopping bag and let’s go marketing around the world.  I’m sure you will find everything from soap to nuts!  Let’s begin with soap.

MARSEILLES, FRANCE--MARCHE DU PRADO:  Around 600 BC, Greek merchants from Asia Minor founded the port town of Massilia (Marseilles) that is now Marseilles’ bustling Vieux Port (Old Harbor).  The twenty-six centuries that followed have made Marseilles the oldest of the great French cities and the city with the second largest population in France.  Although Marseilles lies at the western end of the Cote d’Azur (French Riviera), do not expect Riviera ritz and glitz.  What you can expect is a vibrant ancient port town that  has become a leading place in theater, sport, and fashion design.

MARSEILLES’  BUSTLING VIEUX PORT (OLD HARBOR) 

Monday, June 4, 2018

LOVE AND MARRIAGE…BY SHIP OR CARRIAGE


BY JANET STEINBERG



                                                                       - Sir Bernard Williams, English philosopher  


From weddings to honeymoons, vow renewals to  anniversaries, more and more couples are opting to celebrate their special day in the breathtaking setting of their dreams.  In today’s world, there are endless romantic possibilities no matter your style or budget. 

The trick to finding your perfect celebratory location is in its timely planning. Start planning as soon as possible. As Billy Crystal (Harry) said to Meg Ryan (Sally) in When Harry Met Sally:  When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” 

So start planning as soon as possible for your romantic celebration.  Perhaps you’ll opt for one of the destinations of couples I encountered as they created their memories of a lifetime in a variety of starry-eyed settings around the world. 

BEAUTIFUL COUPLE ON ST. MARK’S SQUARE IN VENICE

Monday, May 14, 2018

AROUND THE WORLD…FROM A TO Z

BY: JANET STEINBERG


It’s a great, wide, wonderful, world out there. So why not explore it to the fullest? Please allow me to show you some of the best this world of ours has to offer.  From A to Z, here is how I viewed the world alphabetically.

 ALVEAR PALACE, one of the grandest hotels in all of South America, is a true palace and undisputed symbol of the Belle Époque. The Alvear Palace is the jewel in Buenos Aires’ crown. This classic hotel is recognized worldwide for its unparalleled combination of elegance, hospitality, personalized service, and high technology.


BREAKFAST BUFFET AT THE ALVEAR PALACE

Monday, April 16, 2018

STAR-CHITECTS BUILD LARGER-THAN-LIFE SCULPTURES


BY JANET STEINBERG

I am often asked, “What is your favorite museum?”  The answer is simple…my favorite museum is the world!  

This amazing world that we live in is an open-air museum, filled with fascinating structures created by world-renowned architects.  When traveling around the world, I make it a point to experience as many architectural masterpieces as possible.  They come in a variety of amazing shapes and sizes, from medieval to modern.  Allow me to share with you a few intriguing structures that, in reality, are museum-quality, larger-than-life, sculptures. 

MUSEO GUGGENHEIM BILBAO: From a distance, the splendid bizarrely shaped $100-million Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art in Bilbao, Spain looked like a massive steel sculpture. And then, all of a sudden, there it was…renowned architect Frank Gehry's masterpiece in flowing titanium and limestone.  Gehry described his building, on the banks of the Nervion River, as a ship that has run aground.  The museum, which opened in 1997, reflects Bilbao's heritage with its suggestion of maritime shapes and sails.  Others have likened the silhouette of Bilbao’s Guggenheim to a roller coaster, a mermaid, a waterfall a hula girl, and a fish.  The building is covered with over 35,OOO titanium tiles and pieces of glass strategically placed to catch the natural light.  Maman, Louise Bourgeois' huge bronze spider, stands in front of the museum.    
        
MAMAN, A HUGE BRONZE SPIDER, STANDS IN FRONT OF THE MUSEUM