BY: JANET STEINBERG                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The keys to my heart are not made of silver or gold.  The Keys to my heart are a 125-mile chain of laid-back islands in Florida that extends from Mile Marker 0 in Key West, to Mile Marker 126 in Key Largo. The 42 bridges...

   BY JANET STEINBERG This is not an April Fool’s joke.  It may be tongue-in-cheek, but it’s true.   On April 23,1982, Key West, Florida seceded from the United States of America and formed The Conch Republic.  Their motto, and the Conch Republic flag, reads: “We Seceded Where Others Failed”.   SYMBOLIC...

BY: JANET STEINBERG The sixth-largest city in North Carolina, Fayetteville is located in the Sandhills, on the Cape Fear River. This city of approximately 200,000 people was the first city in America to be named for General LaFayette.  In 1825, Lafayette traveled to Fayetteville in...

BY: JANET STEINBERG The village of Highlands, in the southern Appalachian Mountains  is the perfect destination for city dwellers in need of a retreat. Highlands was founded in 1875 after its two founders, Samuel Truman Kelsey and Clinton Carter Hutchinson, drew lines from Chicago to Savannah and from...

BY: JANET STEINBERG Hopping into a shiny black convertible…top down…sun on my face and wind in my hair…my husband and I set out for a 1458-mile drive through North Carolina, dubbed the “Tar Heel State”.  GOING TOPLESS IN THE MOUNTAINS  Greeted by mountains, my spirits soared.  Crisp...

BY JANET STEINBERG  "If you want to see heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik". George Bernard Shaw Henceforth, when I hear the word ‘Dalmatian’, I won’t think of that regal white dog with black spots.   Instead, I will think of that exquisite Dalmatian Coast which I recently had the...

BY: JANET STEINBERG  "So much of Ephesus remains that, no one in one lifetime with the volumes of knowledge could absorb it."   S. Turkoglu - E. Atalay       On our recent Crystal Serenity cruise, Kusadasi was the port of choice as its gateway to the ancient archaeological site of...

BY: JANET STEINBERG Who would have dreamed it?  Certainly, I could not have! As a young girl, bored to death in a geography class that spoke of sultans, straits, and seven continents, I could never have dreamed where I would be six decades later.  THERE I WAS...

BY: JANET STEINBERG THE THREE SEAS: AEGEAN…MEDITERRANEAN…ADRIATIC… Three majestic, magnificent seas brought me triple delights on my Crystal Serenity cruise from Istanbul, Turkey to Venice, Italy. In addition to sailing me to far away places with strange sounding names (like Kusadasi, Kotor, and Thira), these three seas afforded...

 SoCal So Cool: 50 Miles of Pure Pleasure                 LAGUNA BEACH: PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ BY: JANET STEINBERG                                                           Part four of a series On the last leg of our 50-mile Southern ...