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...

BY JANET STEINBERG Everyone dreams of his or her own special island.  More often than not, it's in the South Pacific.  Man and nature have diligently worked together to create a very special Pacific Island retreat.  However, strange as it may seem, they've plunked it down in the North Pacific.  Vancouver...

BY JANET STEINBERG Seldom does a drive between two hotels, approximately 150-miles apart from one another, become a highlight of one’s journey.  However, the drive between the Jasper Park Lodge and Chateau Lake Louise did just that.   Our spectacular Canadian Rockies journey followed some of the same mountain paths that were forged by...

BY JANET STEINBERG Welcome to Jasper in the Canadian Province of Alberta.  This picturesque town is nestled within Jasper National Park, one of the largest wilderness areas in North America.  Jasper National Park, the largest of Canada’s mountain parks, has been designated  an United Nations World Heritage site. In the early 1800s, the explorer and...