Monday, February 12, 2018

GRAB YOUR VALENTINE AND GO


BY JANET STEINBERG

CAUTION: DO NOT READ THIS (unless you believe in love!)


My car’s disc player was serenading me with Placido Domingo singing a medley of Billy Holiday's “Blue Moon” and Johnny Mercer’s “Moon River”.  With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I couldn’t help but feel that Domingo was singing the story of my second life…a life that began 30 years ago when a then-young widow met the recently widowed man of her dreams. 


“Blue moon”, Domingo crooned, “you saw me standing alone, without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own.  Blue moon, you knew just what I was there for, you heard me saying a prayer for someone I really could care for.  And then there suddenly appeared before me the only one my arms will ever hold.  I heard somebody whisper ‘please adore me’ and when I looked, the moon had turned to gold...” 

“…AND WHEN I LOOKED THE MOON HAD TURNED TO GOLD”

Thursday, January 18, 2018

MOTHER NATURE WEARS MANY COLORS



BY JANET STEINBERG

Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain (ROYGBIV).  This mnemonic (pronounced nemonic because the first "m" is silent) is a memory device that will help you remember the colors of the rainbow… red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  However, Mother Nature needs no such device.  She wears, and paints, these colors around the world 365 days a year.  The following are some of her best renditions of those colors.



BUTCHART GARDENS located on Vancouver Island is near the city Victoria, BC, just off the mainland city of Vancouver.  Victoria is the city known as "The Sunshine City of Gardens". During the summer months, a blaze of blossoms in front of the magnificently domed BC Legislative Building, spell out the words: "Welcome To Victoria".  Roses bloom at Christmas and, in early March, tulips and daffodils are shipped all over Canada from this area.   There are flowers everywhere, but you haven't seen anything until you've seen Butchart Gardens.    

BUTCHART GARDENS

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Rx:PRESCRIPTION FOR TRAVEL: MEET THE PEOPLE

BY JANET STEINBERG 

Meeting and mingling with local folks brings new meaning to travel. Viewing a destination through the eyes of the locals adds another dimension to any trip.  Through such enriching experiences I was able to get a better knowledge and understanding about the food, religion, music, clothing, and history in a myriad of countries. Take a peek at some of the people, and their surroundings, that widened my horizons around the globe.

Kalimera! (Good morning) was my greeting from this adorable man in Mykonos Greece.  My reply of Efharisto (Thank you) and my best smile made us instant best friends.  And without either of us able to converse verbally, we managed to communicate a bit about his beautiful whitewashed island.  From my charismatic new best friend (whose name I do not even know) I learned where to go for the best coffee, honey-drenched baklava and ouzo (an anise-flavored aperitif widely consumed in Greece).

CHARISMATIC GREEK GENTLEMAN IN MYKONOS

Monday, December 4, 2017

TRAVEL HOTSPOTS: VICTIMS OF THEIR OWN SUCCESS

BY JANET STEINBERG



Some popular destinations are teeming with tourists, their public squares are congested with pedestrians, and the streets are clogged with taxis and tour buses.   Yes, they are overcrowded…but yes, they are worth visiting!   With the advent of the mega-humongous cruise ships, too many tourists can become an environmental problem.  In some places around the world that once sought tourist’s dollars, they are now figuring out ways to limit the number of visitors per day.  For starters, here are four to put at the top of your Bucket List.  Go there while you still can. 

VENICE, ITALY:  One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Venice is also one of the world’s premiere travel destinations drawing some 18-million visitors annually to this unique city. Napoleon called the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) the largest drawing room in Europe.  I call it the most unique living room in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  It may be the most crowded, (with people and pigeons); the wettest (when the tide rises); or the most expensive ($15 for a cappuccino) living room in the world, but it is by far the most unique. 

PEOPLE AND PIGEONS IN ST. MARK’S SQUARE

Monday, November 20, 2017

A LETTER TO VIRGINIA: YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS…


BY JANET STEINBERG

With the remake of the 1934 mystery film Murder on the Orient Express lighting up the nation’s movie screens for the holiday season, I thought of what a newspaper editor might have said to an 8-year old girl named Virginia if she had written the following question, instead of the one about Santa Claus:
 
Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.  Some of my little friends just saw a movie named Murder on the Orient Express and they say there is no Orient Express.  Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’  Please tell me the truth; is there an Orient Express?


Yes, Virginia, there is an Orient Express.  It exists as certainly as your family car, the planes in the sky and the ships on the sea.  As a matter fact, come along with me and I will tell you about a journey back in time when I was a passenger on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express (VSOE) for a luxurious overnight trip to Venice.  

Because I rode the rails in pre-Chunnel days, there have been some slight itinerary changes since my time on the train.  However, the classic journey, wrapped in timeless romance and epitomizing the golden age of rail travel, is still the same. 

THE JOURNEY BEGAN IN LONDON