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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 Ri ... Read More
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! & ... Read More
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 ha ... Read More
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 me ... Read More
In California’s Napa Valley, Calistoga was the vision of Sam Brannan who purchased property, including the "Spring Grounds", in the early 1860s. Impressed by the New York resort of Saratoga, he decided to make his development the "Saratoga o ... Read More
ST. THOMAS: This island, with its deep-harbor, red-roofed capital of Charlotte Amalie (pronounced ah-MAHL-ya) is the most cosmopolitan of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). Today, the town is listed in the National Register of ... Read More
Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what the idyllic island of Grenada is made of. From sugar cane waving into the fields…to cocoa beans drying in the sun…to nutmeg and cinnamon assuaging our olfactory senses ... Read More
North of the border there’s a party going on. And what better way to celebrate Canada’s 150thanniversary year than by experiencing Canadian charm from the Atlantic to the Pacific. You can c ... Read More
Surrounded by water, jutting out into an island-studded Casco Bay, Portland hosts a vibrant Maine coastline where arts meets adventure amidst a vibrant backdrop of stunning natural beauty.
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Our guests on this week's show were 3 of our outstanding travel specialists. They were Jill Young, Carmel office, Bethanne Harrison- Brown, Carmel office and Ruth Ann Hale, Middletown-Louisville office. Click here to listen to this week's podcast. ... Read More
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Many decades ago, when I first visited Dallas, the “Big D” stood for drab, dull, dreary, Dallas. It was a city where you had to go on business, or to change planes for a trip to Mexico. & ... Read More
Part 1 of a Series
My version of the Texas Two-Step is a little different than the version you might expect to see on any dance floor in the Lone Star State. For me, the stars in this western partner dance are two Texa ... Read More
NAMASTE! I have been to India twice, and both times I returned home with many unforgettable experiences.
In Agra, I hired an elephant named Lakshmi and his mahout (elephant driver) to give me an ... Read More
JANET STEINBERG, OFFICIAL BLOGGER FOR THE TRAVEL AUTHORITY, WINS HER 42nd & 43rd TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS
At the Spring-2016 Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA) meeting in Columbus, Ohio, Janet Steinberg, ... Read More
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 ... Read More
PART 4: SUNSET KEY: KEY WEST'S HIDDEN GEM
BY JANET STEINBERG
Sailing some 172 nautical miles from the port of Ft. Lauderdale on the first day of my 8-day ... Read More
In Part One of my last post, CHILLING IS FULFILLING, I showed you how I cruised for the unmitigated pleasure of just cruising…never leaving Silversea’s Silver Spirit for an entire week and loving every minute of it. Now, in PART ... Read More
Williamstown, in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, is a charming college town that is a mecca for art and culture. It is home to Williams College, the Clark Art Institute and the Tony-awarded Williamstown Theatre Festival.
The permane ... Read More
Yes, it was guiltless!
My recent 24-karat Silversea Caribbean cruise on the luxurious Silver Spirit was pure pleasure…pure pampering…pure rest…and pure relaxation. Yet I felt not an ounce of guilt on this golden gilt t ... Read More
"I would not eat the soup of life with a fork; I would continue to use a big ladle." Those words of my late friend, Holocaust survivor, and world-renowned restaurateur George Lang, have remained with me long after his death.
Surviving a ye ... Read More
I was lucky to "get out of Dodge" just in time. Well, it wasn't really Dodge City, Kansas, but it was Cincinnati, Ohio just before the ice and snow piled up. I headed south, way south, for fifteen glorious sunny days which I am about to share with ... Read More
Key West, Florida is many things to many people.
This Southernmost Point in the continental United States (only 90-miles from Cuba) is a place where pirates once preyed and presidents once played. It is a place where straight meets gay, wh ... Read More
Stress got you down? When all else fails, head to Napa Valley. With more than 270 wineries set amidst 38,000 acres of rolling vineyards, hundreds of divine restaurants, a myriad of championship golf courses, and a plethora of world-class accommoda ... Read More
With its lush, year-round Mediterranean climate, 100 miles of sweeping prime Pacific coastline, an annual average of 300+ days of sunshine and fresh ocean breezes, burgeoning wine country, and Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is one of America' ... Read More
Halifax is the cosmopolitan capital city of Nova Scotia. It is Canada's 13th largest city and its residents, called Haligonians, make up 40% of Nova Scotia's population. It is a friendly city where visitors might be welcomed by the "Oyez, Oyez" of ... Read More
The city is gray and the Danube is anything but blue. There are no blazing boulevards, no picturesque artists' quarters and the Spanish Riding Horses are not even Spanish.
So why go to Vienna? Quite simply, because the City of the Waltz is ... Read More
If you ever plan to enter a spelling bee, take note: Canada's first incorporated city (1785) is spelled Saint John, not the abbreviated St. John as it is spelled in neighboring Newfoundland. To add to your confusion, the proper way to spell its mi ... Read More
"All experience is an arch wherethrough Gleams that untraveled world." Alfred Lord Tennyson
I've strolled, sailed, or driven, beneath some of the most famous man-made arches in the world. To name a few… th ... Read More
Winding and weaving its way around 1,100 miles of shoreline, Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks, has been likened to a twisted dragon. This undulating Lake of the Ozarks is filled with fascinating stories and soft adventure.
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You may never have been there. In fact, you may never have even heard of it. But according to map publisher Rand McNally, Jefferson, Missouri is their 2013 choice for "America's Most Beautiful Small Town". This hidden gem in Missouri's crown is ap ... Read More
A cruise aboard Silversea's Silver Whisper planned a shore excursion that enabled us to relive one of the most historic events of World War II. Departing the pier in Honfleur, France we drove to the small seaside town of Arromanches via the D-Day ... Read More
When Ray Charles recorded his 1961 rhythm and blues Grammy winner "Hit the Road Jack", I thought he said: "Hit the Road Jan". So I took him literally. I not only hit the road, but I also hit the sky and the sea. I was amazed at the variety of ways ... Read More
There are not too many people, or too many places that can deliver what they promise. But San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau promises 365 days of ahhhhhhhh! And, let me tell you, that is what you get in San Diego and its neighboring commun ... Read More
From the Boardwalk to the Bay, Atlantic City, New Jersey has been drawing people to its shore for over a century. This major resort city, 120-miles south of New York City on Absecon Island, exudes a small town charm coupled with an international b ... Read More
"Start spreading the news", ole' blue eyes crooned...
New York, New York is a city so great it says its name twice. Nicknamed "The Big Apple" in 1971, the term was originally used in the 1920s and 1930s by jazz musicians as a way of saying ... Read More
I don't know if you would call me a restaurant, hotel, or movie groupie. In reality, I am none of the above. I am a travel groupie with an insatiable curiosity…one who likes to check out places where some of my favorite movies were filmed. ... Read More
Chicago, "that toddling town" that keeps reinventing itself, never ceases to amaze me. The "Windy City," teeming with life and exuding an excitement all its own, is now fully grown into a sophisticated metropolitan area that rivals any major city ... Read More
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 citi ... Read More
It Is the bottom of the world!
For those of you who want to cruise around South America chances are, at some point, you will sail through the Strait of Magellan to Chile on the West Coast of South America. If so, you will be in Punta Arena ... Read More
I just returned from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where I had the pleasure of seeing four beautiful new faces in the city known as "The Venice of America".
The first three faces were those of three beautiful babies. Granted I am a bit prejudice ... Read More
There are said to be only three places in the world with a Mediterranean climate: The actual Mediterranean coast…Catalina Island, California…and the coast of Chile around Santiago. And, if you work it right, you could enjoy the best ... Read More
Zlata Praha (Golden Prague), the city of a hundred golden spires, is one of the prettiest cities in the world. Divided by the Vltava (Moldau) River, Prague was fortunate not to have suffered destruction in World War II.
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Although I've been to New York City dozens of times…done dozens of things…taken dozens of tours…I called this my "First Time Ever" trip. This time was going to be different. This time I would do things…and go places&hel ... Read More
"To remember not to forget..." From the poem "Butterflies Do Not Live Here" By Paul Friedman (died in Terezin 6/6/42)
Two weeks of pure pleasure awaited me. Prior to sailing down the Danube River to Budapest, my ... Read More
Like a ball that's been slammed to the ground, Detroit has been slammed to the ground. But like a ball, Detroit is bouncing back. Truly America's "Comeback City", Detroit has hit a home run with me. Detroit's downtown occupancy rate is now at 98% ... Read More
A gentle breeze wafting through French balconies overlooking the Promenade des Anglais…an aquamarine sea lapping the shore of a glimmering stone beach…a canopied 4-poster bed flanked by 17th century sconces and paisley linen walls&he ... Read More
"Como esta?" (how are you?) is the friendly greeting of Costa Ricans when you arrive in their tiny country of approximately 4-million people. Don't reply: "Fine". Just say: "Pura vida!" More than any other two words in a Costa Rican's vocabulary, ... Read More
The Midwest Travel Writers’ Convention, the birth of three great-grandchildren, and the wedding of my grandson, were among the reasons that kept me from traveling abroad this past year. However, in spite of the ... Read More
"Cities are like gentlemen," the late Will Rogers orated, "they are born, not made. You are either a city or you are not. Size has nothing to do with it. I bet San Francisco was a city from the very first time it had a dozen settlers."... Read More
That is a question I am often asked by those who don't. Let me tell you why I choose to travel. Travel is a magic carpet that will t ... Read More
It's been called the destination of dreams, the "in" adventure for America's affluent actives. Call it what you will, Australia, the only country in the world that is also a continent, is not only Down Under--it is also under done. The world's lar ... Read More
Like most women, sometimes I run hot and sometimes cold. Likewise, so run my travels…sometimes hot…sometimes cold. And, like a woman, both are equally exciting. Although I won't let you in on my personal mood swings, I will share my ... Read More
For singers, their song would be "Amazing grace…how sweet the sound".
For travelers, their song would be "Amazing place...how sweet the town."
Since I am ... Read More
For singers, their song would be "Amazing grace…how sweet the sound".
For travelers, their song would be "Amazing place…how sweet the town".
Since I am an inveterate travel, I will sing you my song. So here I go&helli ... Read More
Pardon the pun, but here it comes: The reign in Spain is not mainly on the plain. My personal choice for the city that reigns supreme in Spain is Barcelona. So, come along with me to enjoy a taste of Barcelona. Ole!!!... Read More
RIO DE JANEIRO..."River of January"...Like a sensual woman, the mere mention of her name connotes romance and excitement. Before you even arrive you will feel her anticipatory magic under your skin.
The breathtaking city o ... Read More
Buon giorno. Good morning. Having received port clearance in Civitavecchia, Italy, folllowing my Mediterranean cruise, I opted for a sightseeing tour in Civitavecchio and a post-cruise stay in the Eternal City of Rome.... Read More
The Bahamas is not one destination, but many. The Bahamas is a 600-mile long archipelago of about 3000 islands but only 30 of them are permanently occupied. Each island is unique, but they ar ... Read More
Having sailed some 641 nautical miles from Norfolk on Silversea's Silver Shadow, we reached the delicate water-colored islands of Bermuda that are among the most beloved islands in the world ... Read More
How would you pronounce the name of that bustling seaport town in Virginia? Is it Nawr-fek Nah-fic, Naw-fok, or any combination of the above? Or would you call it just plain Nor-folk?... Read More
At the Spring-2015 Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA) meeting in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, it was announced that Janet Steinberg, official blogger for The Travel Authority, an ALTOUR company, was awarded the First Place Mar ... Read More