BY JANET STEINBERG 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 approximately midway between St. Louis and The Lake...

BY JANET STEINBERG  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. THE UNDULATING, DRAGON-LIKE LAKE OF THE OZARKS As our 3-hour drive from St. Louis to the lake was concluding, we made...

BY JANET STEINBERG “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… the Arc de Triumph in Paris, France…Gateway to India in Mumbai, India…Brandenberg Gate in Berlin, Germany…Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy…Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, Spain…Rua Augusta Arch in Lisbon, Portugal…Sydney Harbour Bridge in...

BY JANET STEINBERG   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 mighty St. John River is...

BY JANET STEINBERG 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 forever young…forever fair.  This ancient, tradition-steeped, crown jewel of Austria, long the capital...

BY JANET STEINBERG 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 a vociferous Town Crier.    Nova Scotia, the second smallest province in Canada, is approximately half the size of Ohio.  In Halifax,...

BY: JANET STEINBERG 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’s best-kept secrets.. Its unique east-west coastline (the only one from Alaska to Cape Horn) Riviera provides soothing year-round southern exposure and perfect temperatures ranging...

BY: JANET STEINBERG 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 accommodations, Napa Valley is the place for your own personal Urban Renewal. Napa Valley, 50 miles northeast of San Francisco, exudes...

BY: JANET STEINBERG 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, where drunk drinks with sober.  lt is Caribbean and continental, traditional and avant garde. It is Mallory Square Pier...