Azamara Journey, one of two ships owned by Royal Caribbean’s Azamara Club Cruises, got a makeover while in dry dock in the Bahamas in January, then sailed into PortMiami Sunday before embarking on a Panama Canal cruise.
Coming up in Florida: a Black History Month re-enactment of the Flight to Freedom in St. Augustine, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival in Everglades City, two inductions into the Astronaut Hall of Game, concerts at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, and a new manatee observation area in Riviera Beach.
The Smithsonian Institution will open the National Museum of African American History and Culture this fall, a second Grammy Museum opens in March in Mississippi, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, closed for three years during an expansion, will reopen in May.
When traveling, I like to set out ahead of time the day or evening’s clothing, complete with jewelry. I’ve usually hung my necklace, bangle bracelets, and a ring or three from the head of the hanger holding my outfit. The jewelry is all jumbled together, and more than once I’ve inadvertently left a piece or two behind, still hanging from the hotel hanger, when I checked out.
Like many great love affairs, mine began in childhood. The details are sketchy, drawn from memory and from photographs in a family album, old Super 8s. Our two-toned station wagon is loaded up in the driveway of the Altadena, Calif., home, room for five, our gear and a black Labrador named Sheba.
Best times to visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area - or not: December, January and February are the wettest months, bookended by November and March. If you want dry, June, July and August are your best bets. If you want warm, go in September.
The busiest unit in our national park system isn't a park at all. In fact, plenty of visitors never notice that they're in it - not when they're half-lost in the redwoods of Marin County's Muir Woods, not when they're deep into a conversation about robots at San Francisco's Fort Mason, not when they're roaming the vast beach flats of Fort Funston, near the San Mateo County line.