BY: JANET STEINBERG WELCOME TO VOLOS, GREECE "Kalispera" (kal-ee-speh-ra).  Good afternoon.  It’s a beautiful day in Volos, a popular cruise port on the Pagasitic Gulf.  Volos, nestled beneath the majestic Mt. Pelion, is a lively, little city of approximately 71,000 people.  A city of ancient and modern contradictions, Volos passed from Turkish rule to that of Greece...

BY: JANET STEINBERG From castles to cable cars, big surf to Big Sur, the California Coastline is one of the world’s most celebrated coastlines, and the liberating drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco is one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Starting our trip in the Greater Los Angeles area we chose the...

BY: JANET STEINBERG While locum, the sweet jelly-textured confection may be officially known as Turkish Delight, it is the bold pulsating patterns of the Turkish carpet that truly dazzles and delights the shopper in Turkey.  While reflecting the culture of its people, the attractive colors and designs of the Turkish carpet also convey...

                              By: Janet Steinberg  Dobry den.  (Good day.)  Welcome to Bratislava. A SLOVAK WELCOMING COMMITTEE BRATISLAVA, the powerful capital of Hungary for more than three centuries during the Middle Ages, is now the bustling modern capital of SLOVAKIA.  This picturesque city, situated where the Danube River meets the Carpathian Mountains, borders Austria...

BY JANET STEINBERG Manaus is the premier port city put on the map by the landed aristocracy in the 1800s. At that time it was one of the richest cities in the world. For many years Manaus, carved out of the very heart of the Amazonian wilderness, was a...

“Emotion has a name: Brazil.”  -Pele                                 The Amazon River!  O Rio Mar!   The River Sea! The world's largest river, that fires the imagination of all who dare to dream, dominates the land and the people who come in contact with it. The muddy and mysterious Amazon is a majestic presence. To...

A special edition from an ALTOUR Travel Specialist. By: Ena Langford, An ALTOUR Specialist and an American Express Travel Insider in the Las Vegas office st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } The North Islands most popular spots. The North Island is quite different from the South and mainly made up of volcanoes both...

By: Janet Steinberg    Barbados is a magical mélange of hustle, bustle, charm, and class.  Beneath a turquoise sky, and surrounded by aquamarine waters, this idyllic island is a solace for relaxation and a virtual mecca for active lifestyles and cultural pursuits.  It is endless sun-washed, sugary, sand beaches and craggy, dark,...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    BY JANET STEINBERG         "Americans on their way to heaven call at Bermuda and think they have already arrived."                                                                                                                 - Mark Twain The delicate water-colored islands of Bermuda are among the most beloved islands in the world. Under a “pink cloud of oleanders, the idyllic islands of Bermuda are framed by a...

BY JANET STEINBERG Vancouver, Canada's third largest metropolitan area, is one of North America's most beautiful cities.  Its natural harbor, reminiscent of Hong Kong, is ringed by rugged snow-capped mountains. VANCOUVER HARBOR Vancouver's cosmopolitan atmosphere comes from its unique mixture of European and Oriental people.  Vancouver is the...