Adventurous travelers and star-gazers all know about the Northern Lights, and the lucky ones have traveled to Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Alaska or Scandinavia to see them firsthand. But did you know that they’re not the only the stellar sky show in town? We read recently in Smithsonian Magazine that the Southern Hemisphere has an incredible atmospheric light show of its own that’s just as captivating. Called the Southern Lights, or aurora australis, it’s the southern cousin to the aurora borealis and can best be seen from Tasmania, New Zealand and Antarctica between March and September.
As of this morning, the roof of the Metropolitan Museum in New York has become the arena for an epic confrontation. But who’s the victor and who’s the victim? And is it all over? Or is someone playing possum and planning a death blow? Hubris meets humility with the city as backdrop and witness – but the battle may only be momentarily paused.
What’s the best place to experience spring? Somewhere with flowers, obviously. And perhaps art. A place that’s intimate, quirky, and joyful. Perhaps the home of someone with exquisite taste and a sharp sense of humor. And it would be nice if there were places to sit and daydream, either alone or with your inamorata. Problem solved. You’ll find all of those elements, and more, at the splendid Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
April in Paris. Three little words that evoke beauty, flowers, music, incredible wine, delicious food, and the best shopping anywhere on the planet. Romantics, dreamers, adventurers and wanderers imagine the city at this time of year as the most brilliant place of all. And we can’t say that they’re wrong. If you decide to visit Paris in springtime in pursuit of your own magical experience, what should you be sure to do?
The annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), now in its 16th year, is one of the many harbingers of spring in the city. But spring is taking its sweet time arriving this year, and the lingering chill turns out to be a perfect match for this year’s exhibit. It’s far more cerebral, austere and architectural than any we’ve ever seen. These are not your usual hothouse orchids in prim pots – this is something really new. You may think you’ve seen a floral sculpture before – but we’re willing to bet that you’ve never seen anything like this.