I admit it’s hard to find any good news today. But I did find a wonderful way to relax, courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Jelly Cam. The livestream, available from 10 am to 9 pm PDT on their website, features hypnotic images of floating jellyfish, accompanied by spa sounds.
You can also ooh and ahh over live footage of their sea otters and penguins.
Have you ever heard of National Pollinators Week? Neither had I. Apparently, it’s in June, and after this year’s meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to begin the process of classifying four species of native bumble bees as endangered.
Why does this matter? Wild bees pollinate 80% of crops on our planet, and one out of every three bites of food we eat results from pollination. With California leading the way, it’s hoped that more states will join to protect these fuzzy little creatures.
Two of the four species are named Crotch’s and Suckley. Sounds like a degenerate law firm. Or a strip club.
Ah, the holidays are over and I can finally finish writing about our fall trip (late October/early November), which we wrap up with a few days in London and Paris.
One day, as we stroll through the Marais in Paris, we stumble upon a weird but surprisingly entertaining museum with both permanent and temporary exhibits dedicated to hunting and nature. It certainly makes a change from the Louvre, D’Orsay etc. even if you’re not into taxidermy (which I’m decidedly not).
More my style is the wonderful Atelier des Lumières installation, an immersive experience quite unlike looking at art hanging on a wall.Still photographs cannot do justice to these huge projections of paintings by Gustave Klimt and more, set to music to create an intensely dramatic adventure which surrounds you with ever-changing sound and images. Do check out this website if you can’t get there in person!We’ve bookended our short trip to Paris with some time in London, arriving October 31. Highlights include a tapas dinner with friends at Ibèrica on Great Portland Street (who roll their eyes at our having chosen Devon rather than, say, Cornwall), lots of walking, and the new production of Sondheim’s musical Companyat the Gielgud Theatre. Highly recommend you see this show if you can.
We return from Paris on my birthday and our hotel has a nice surprise: They’ve upgraded us to the ridiculously huge Governor’s Suite — essentially the size of a nice London flat, with kitchen, dining room, two bedrooms, two baths and a generous sitting room. My favorite find is the enormous copper bathtub, perfect for indulging before the long flight back to the US the following morning. First week November, 2018.