Who Wants a Pleistocene-Era Backyard?
While casting about for feel-good stories, we remembered the lost and starving Magellanic penguins that were airlifted to safety by the Brazilian army last fall. The young penguins, whose home is in the southern Atlantic, had wandered too far north, washing up on the warm beaches of Brazil by the hundreds, and the situation looked grim when "animal-welfare activists loaded the birds onto a Brazilian air force cargo plane and flew them 1,550 miles to the country's southern coast, where a crowd of onlookers celebrated as the penguins marched back into the sea." Definite feel-good material.
I Got Raabed: Max Raabe Steals Back the Night
Forty-six-year -old Max Raabe doesn't put on some sort of parody act. His waltzes, rumbas, tangos, and fox-trots are the real thing. Now you can discover him, too, on the new two-CD set Heute Nacht Oder Nie (Tonight or Never), recorded with his full thirteen-member Palast Orchester during their live 2007 Carnegie Hall performance.
Cinderella's Crown and Scepter
Picture of Cinderella's crown, seen in the entrance to Cinderella's Castle Suite in Walt Disney World.
Belize: An eco-paradise that's accessible and affordable
Spectacular coral reefs mean some of the world's best snorkeling and diving, plus tropical jungles filled with Mayan ruins, butterflies, and a few jaguars.
Horseback Riding on the Beach
Horseback riding on the beach at Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic.