By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: March 14, 2019 at 11:54 am | UPDATED: March 14, 2019 at 11:54 am The butterflies are coming! In their annual migration north, clouds of the famed “painted ladies” are putting on quite a show this week in Southern California, from Monrovia to Santa Anita to West Hollywood and LAX. Social media is erupting with joy, compounded by the fact that this beautiful bounty comes in an era of crisis in California for butterflies of all make and model. The number of butterflies in the Golden State has been in decline for decades, according to some researchers reaching historic lows in 2018. A monarch butterfly count led by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in November “found only 28,429 of the iconic orange-and-black insects wintering along the California coast,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. “That figure represents an 85% drop from the previous year and a … [Read more...] about Butterfly fans, rejoice! The ‘painted ladies’ are headed north
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Bernard Mcghee, Associated Press Updated 12:56 pm CST, Monday, December 17, 2018 FILE - In this April 18, 2009, file photo, Barbara Bush laughs alongside former President George H.W. Bush, right, as they attend a baseball game in Houston. Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018. She was 92. less FILE - In this April 18, 2009, file photo, Barbara Bush laughs alongside former President George H.W. Bush, right, as they attend a baseball game in Houston. Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose ... more Photo: David J. Phillip, AP Photo: David J. Phillip, AP Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 FILE - In this … [Read more...] about Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2018
MY HEART feels like it's beating on the outside of my chest. I'm anxious, out of my depth and I sound like Darth Vader. But for the first time in my life, I'm snorkelling.As I plunge my face into the sea and force my body to relax so my limbs can actually float, the stress starts to fade away. As a weak swimmer who's afraid of the ocean, I never thought I'd be able to do this.I never thought I'd go to Oman, either. But here I am, snorkelling. And for anyone in need of some winter sun, it's a destination that – surprisingly – takes some beating.Sitting at the foot of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is part of the Middle East I'd always lumped in with Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They're places that have no real appeal to me, because I associate them with being man-made and money-orientated.But Oman, I'm discovering, is very different. It's beautiful, for starters. The terrain encompasses desert, riverbed oases and lengthy coastlines on the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman. Far … [Read more...] about Travel: Oman is the Middle East’s best-kept secret as a winter sun destination
By Brandon Mercer and SFGATE Staff Updated 1:30 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 What are the (modern) rules for Trick or Treating? We answer the probing questions about how to "Halloween" in 2018. Swipe or click through the gallery to see. ==> What are the (modern) rules for Trick or Treating? We answer the probing questions about how to "Halloween" in 2018. Swipe or click through the gallery to see. ==> Photo: Susan.k./Getty Images, Getty How early is too early?We get it. You have toddlers, with the most adorable pumpkin, or candy corn onesies, and you want to take them around while it's light out, and before their 7 p.m. bedtime. Sweet. I'm not ready for you at 4 p.m. Frankly, at that time it's just high school latchkey kids at home anyway, and they have no idea where their parents hid the candy. less How early is too early? We get it. You have toddlers, with the most adorable … [Read more...] about Trick or treating etiquette this Halloween is more complex than ever. Here are the new rules.
The first glimpse of the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo reminded me of a Mediterranean Garden of Eden, sitting right next to the Casino de Paris, Café de Paris, many luxury shops and exotic gardens in the heart of the Principality of Monaco. The hotel has preserved its timeless elegance in an exclusive yet unpretentious way while carrying the memory of magnificent moments throughout its 130-year old history. As I was told later, the hotel has been re-designed in the spirit of their ideal guest - the iconic actress Audrey Hepburn. The Belle Époque property, situated in a glamorous area called the Carré d'Or, has a modestly narrow entrance facing the Jardins de la Petite Afrique. The archway is guarded by two authentic Egyptian columns behind which the pretty facade and a wishing fountain reveal themselves. After a helicopter ride from Nice airport to Monaco, the Princes' Salon kept my head in the clouds once I had entered the building. The four walls of the room each … [Read more...] about Belle Époque luxury in Monte-Carlo