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More highlights from exhausting week in San Francisco, pt 2

One of the most photographed locations in the city, the Palace of Fine Arts is the only structure from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition that survives on site; the Greco-Roman style rotunda and colonnades are now a popular wedding and party venue

One of the most photographed locations in the city, the Palace of Fine Arts is the only structure from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition that survives on site; the Greco-Roman style rotunda and colonnades are now a popular wedding and party venue

Downtown from Coit Tower; in 2019, the median property value in San Francisco was a staggering $1.22M, and the homeownership rate was 37.1%

Downtown from Coit Tower; in 2019, the median property value in San Francisco was a staggering $1.22M, and the homeownership rate was 37.1%

The 1924 Saints Peter and Paul Church is prominently featured in the Clint Eastwood movies Dirty Harry and The Dead Pool; it's the home for the city's Chinese-American Roman Catholic population, offering weekly masses in Italian, Cantonese, and English

The 1924 Saints Peter and Paul Church is prominently featured in the Clint Eastwood movies Dirty Harry and The Dead Pool; it's the home for the city's Chinese-American Roman Catholic population, offering weekly masses in Italian, Cantonese, and English

The 163 Moraga Steps, a great neighborhood-sponsored beautification project, are made of 2,000  handmade tiles that are made up of 75,000 fragments of tiles, mirrors and stained glass

The 163 Moraga Steps, a great neighborhood-sponsored beautification project, are made of 2,000+ handmade tiles that are made up of 75,000 fragments of tiles, mirrors and stained glass

The free San Francisco Cable Car Museum is housed in the 1887 building of the Ferries and Cliff House Railway Co; in 2020, 45% of San Francisco's population spoke a language other than English at home (Chinese and Spanish mainly)

The free San Francisco Cable Car Museum is housed in the 1887 building of the Ferries and Cliff House Railway Co; in 2020, 45% of San Francisco's population spoke a language other than English at home (Chinese and Spanish mainly)

SF has the 2nd largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest in North America; 100,000  people live in the 1 mile by 1.5 mile wide area making it the city's most densely populated neighborhood

SF has the 2nd largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest in North America; 100,000+ people live in the 1 mile by 1.5 mile wide area making it the city's most densely populated neighborhood

In 1893, Domenico Ghirardelli purchased an entire city block for the HQ of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Co; in 1962, the historic brick structures were converted into a restaurant and retail complex, the first major adaptive re-use project in the US

In 1893, Domenico Ghirardelli purchased an entire city block for the HQ of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Co; in 1962, the historic brick structures were converted into a restaurant and retail complex, the first major adaptive re-use project in the US

Alma is an 1891-built scow schooner designed to haul goods on and around San Francisco Bay; no scow schooners except Alma, which is part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, are known to survive afloat in the US

Alma is an 1891-built scow schooner designed to haul goods on and around San Francisco Bay; no scow schooners except Alma, which is part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, are known to survive afloat in the US

The SS Jeremiah O'Brien, at Pier 45, is a Liberty ship (1 of only 3 left) and a rare survivor of the invasion fleet from D-Day; today it's a museum ship dedicated to the men and women who built and sailed with the US Merchant Marine in World War II

The SS Jeremiah O'Brien, at Pier 45, is a Liberty ship (1 of only 3 left) and a rare survivor of the invasion fleet from D-Day; today it's a museum ship dedicated to the men and women who built and sailed with the US Merchant Marine in World War II

Scientists are able to collect information from the Pier 39 sea lions, adding to knowledge about sea lion health, dietary habits, and behavior; they have also become a huge tourist draw to the very touristy area

Scientists are able to collect information from the Pier 39 sea lions, adding to knowledge about sea lion health, dietary habits, and behavior; they have also become a huge tourist draw to the very touristy area

In a normal year, SF hosts 100  ship calls and 400,000  cruise passengers from Pier 27 on ships heading to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico; San Francisco is the first US city to have a park within a 10 minute walk of every resident

In a normal year, SF hosts 100+ ship calls and 400,000+ cruise passengers from Pier 27 on ships heading to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico; San Francisco is the first US city to have a park within a 10 minute walk of every resident

Until the completion of the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s, the 1898 Ferry Building was the second busiest transit terminal in the world, second only to London's Charing Cross Station

Until the completion of the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s, the 1898 Ferry Building was the second busiest transit terminal in the world, second only to London's Charing Cross Station

The 1971 Vaillancourt Fountain polarized local opinion as to its aesthetics; the pre-cast concrete fountain used to sit beneath the Embarcadero Freeway but that was destroyed in the 1989 earthquake

The 1971 Vaillancourt Fountain polarized local opinion as to its aesthetics; the pre-cast concrete fountain used to sit beneath the Embarcadero Freeway but that was destroyed in the 1989 earthquake

These cables, at the SF Cable Car Museum, pull the city's iconic vehicles; all 4 lines converge here and the museum explains how the cars work, their history and other interesting information about the only US National Historical Monument that can move

These cables, at the SF Cable Car Museum, pull the city's iconic vehicles; all 4 lines converge here and the museum explains how the cars work, their history and other interesting information about the only US National Historical Monument that can move

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My favorites from the Kinder Building at MFAH, pt 1

Behind me is the visual art piece entitled Chromosaturation MFAH by Carlos Diez-Cruz (2017) which connects the Kinder Building to the rest of the MFAH complex; it was my first visit to the Kinder Building and I was very impressed

Behind me is the visual art piece entitled Chromosaturation MFAH by Carlos Diez-Cruz (2017) which connects the Kinder Building to the rest of the MFAH complex; it was my first visit to the Kinder Building and I was very impressed

Number 6, Jackson Pollock, 1949; this piece is among the first fully abstract paintings Pollock produced using the drip technique, which he had learned from David Alfaro Siqueiros in the mid 1930s

Number 6, Jackson Pollock, 1949; this piece is among the first fully abstract paintings Pollock produced using the drip technique, which he had learned from David Alfaro Siqueiros in the mid 1930s

International Mobile, Alexander Calder, 1949; a gift of the de Menils, this sculpture dominates the Kinder building atrium and fulfills Calder's plan to have the work visible from multiple levels

International Mobile, Alexander Calder, 1949; a gift of the de Menils, this sculpture dominates the Kinder building atrium and fulfills Calder's plan to have the work visible from multiple levels

Nostalgic Echo, Salvador Dali, 1935; this work combines two of Dali's signature compositional strategies: hyperrealism and dream imagery; the image of the bell tower is from Dali's sister's school in Figueres, Spain

Nostalgic Echo, Salvador Dali, 1935; this work combines two of Dali's signature compositional strategies: hyperrealism and dream imagery; the image of the bell tower is from Dali's sister's school in Figueres, Spain

Comment (What/How), Yves Tanguy, 1940; Tanguy formally joined the Paris Surrealist circle in 1925, and he soon became celebrated for his abstract landscapes characterized by atmospheric vistas populated by enigmatic, biomorphic figures

Comment (What/How), Yves Tanguy, 1940; Tanguy formally joined the Paris Surrealist circle in 1925, and he soon became celebrated for his abstract landscapes characterized by atmospheric vistas populated by enigmatic, biomorphic figures

Excursion into Philosophy, Edward Hopper, 1959; known for his compelling images of loneliness in everyday life, Hopper considered this piece to be among his most important works

Excursion into Philosophy, Edward Hopper, 1959; known for his compelling images of loneliness in everyday life, Hopper considered this piece to be among his most important works

The Kiss, Rene Magritte, 1951; the artist is quoted saying 'by asking what does this mean they express a wish that everything be understandable;' Magritte wanted to push the imaginations of his audience into deeper explorations

The Kiss, Rene Magritte, 1951; the artist is quoted saying 'by asking what does this mean they express a wish that everything be understandable;' Magritte wanted to push the imaginations of his audience into deeper explorations

Acquamare Chaos, Toots Zynsky, 1997; with the opening of the Kinder Building, the MFAH is now the 12th largest art museum in the world based on square feet of gallery space

Acquamare Chaos, Toots Zynsky, 1997; with the opening of the Kinder Building, the MFAH is now the 12th largest art museum in the world based on square feet of gallery space

A Muse, Constantin Brancusi, 1917; Brancusi first carved a marble version of A Muse in 1912 before tackling this version in brass; he actually had a model for the piece and I wonder what she thought when shown the result

A Muse, Constantin Brancusi, 1917; Brancusi first carved a marble version of A Muse in 1912 before tackling this version in brass; he actually had a model for the piece and I wonder what she thought when shown the result

Still Life with Musical Instruments, Jacques Lipchitz, 1918; this artist extended the formal rhythms seen in the paintings of Picasso and Gris into three dimensional reliefs, this one in bronze

Still Life with Musical Instruments, Jacques Lipchitz, 1918; this artist extended the formal rhythms seen in the paintings of Picasso and Gris into three dimensional reliefs, this one in bronze

Chair, Model MR 90, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1929; designed for the 1929 Barcelona World's Fair, it's X-shaped frame was inspired by ancient Egyptian and Greek folding chairs; although still made today, this is a rare example with the original cushions

Chair, Model MR 90, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1929; designed for the 1929 Barcelona World's Fair, it's X-shaped frame was inspired by ancient Egyptian and Greek folding chairs; although still made today, this is a rare example with the original cushions

Sordidness (from the series Cosmic Monsters), Antonio Berni, ca. 1964; this creature, made from what society had discarded, embodied the vicious appetites and vices that plagued a deeply troubled sociopolitical era in Argentina

Sordidness (from the series Cosmic Monsters), Antonio Berni, ca. 1964; this creature, made from what society had discarded, embodied the vicious appetites and vices that plagued a deeply troubled sociopolitical era in Argentina

Variants, Mira Schendel, 1977; this work is composed of 93 rice-paper monotypes framed by Plexiglass sheets and hung with acrylic thread allowing them to appear to be floating in space

Variants, Mira Schendel, 1977; this work is composed of 93 rice-paper monotypes framed by Plexiglass sheets and hung with acrylic thread allowing them to appear to be floating in space

Podgaric Toy, Los Carpinteros, 2013; modeled after a Soviet-era monument erected in 1967 in Podgaric, Croatia, this sculpture, created from LEGO's, explores the status of orphan monuments, those that outlived the ideals they originally embodied

Podgaric Toy, Los Carpinteros, 2013; modeled after a Soviet-era monument erected in 1967 in Podgaric, Croatia, this sculpture, created from LEGO's, explores the status of orphan monuments, those that outlived the ideals they originally embodied

Vessel, Babs Haenen, 1989; this trailblazing, Dutch artist used a labor-intensive process for this hand-built composition composed of cut, colored porcelain shapes joined together in this eye-catching pattern

Vessel, Babs Haenen, 1989; this trailblazing, Dutch artist used a labor-intensive process for this hand-built composition composed of cut, colored porcelain shapes joined together in this eye-catching pattern

Transparent Migrations, Amalia Mesa-Bains, 2001; here the artist explores domestic space through sociopolitical, spiritual and economic practices to reveal the harsh realities and invisible status of working class Latinas in the US

Transparent Migrations, Amalia Mesa-Bains, 2001; here the artist explores domestic space through sociopolitical, spiritual and economic practices to reveal the harsh realities and invisible status of working class Latinas in the US

Dragon Bench, Joris Laarman, 2014; this is the first sculptural work to be created with Laarman's in-house-developed MX3D-metal printer/welding machine which allows for the printing of molten metal in-air without the aid of support structures

Dragon Bench, Joris Laarman, 2014; this is the first sculptural work to be created with Laarman's in-house-developed MX3D-metal printer/welding machine which allows for the printing of molten metal in-air without the aid of support structures

Hechima 6 Chair, Nakamura Ryuji, 2008; this work, made from vulcanized fiber, appears to mimic the cellular structure of the plant form it is named after (hechima is Japanese for gourd)

Hechima 6 Chair, Nakamura Ryuji, 2008; this work, made from vulcanized fiber, appears to mimic the cellular structure of the plant form it is named after (hechima is Japanese for gourd)

16 Black and Blue Circles, No. 1235, Antonio Asis, 1965; the artist placed a metal grill a few inches in front of a wooden support painted yellow with alternating columns of black and blue dots that seem to vibrate as the viewer moves

16 Black and Blue Circles, No. 1235, Antonio Asis, 1965; the artist placed a metal grill a few inches in front of a wooden support painted yellow with alternating columns of black and blue dots that seem to vibrate as the viewer moves

Your Lunar Nebula, Olafur Eliasson, 2015; standing before the work the viewer sees himself reflected and inverted in the silvered crystal spheres while, stepping back, the overall array suggests magnified droplets of water as well as an immense cosmos

Your Lunar Nebula, Olafur Eliasson, 2015; standing before the work the viewer sees himself reflected and inverted in the silvered crystal spheres while, stepping back, the overall array suggests magnified droplets of water as well as an immense cosmos

Wall Piece I, Tone Vigeland, 2002; Vigeland encased the ends of 420 steel rods in a clay mold, then wrapped the mold in lead and beat it by hand before attaching them into a grid-like pattern designed to give the work a waterfall effect

Wall Piece I, Tone Vigeland, 2002; Vigeland encased the ends of 420 steel rods in a clay mold, then wrapped the mold in lead and beat it by hand before attaching them into a grid-like pattern designed to give the work a waterfall effect

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Scuba diving was outstanding near Half Moon Caye, Belize

Up to 10 ft long, the Caribbean reef shark is one of the largest apex predators in the reef ecosystem, feeding on a variety of fishes and cephalopods; they were plentiful around Half Moon Caye although we may have seen the same ones over and over again

Up to 10 ft long, the Caribbean reef shark is one of the largest apex predators in the reef ecosystem, feeding on a variety of fishes and cephalopods; they were plentiful around Half Moon Caye although we may have seen the same ones over and over again

Half Moon Caye is Belize's oldest site of wildlife protection since it was first designated as a bird sanctuary in 1924 to protect the habitat of the red-footed booby birds; the orange-flowered siricote trees are preferred nesting sites

Half Moon Caye is Belize's oldest site of wildlife protection since it was first designated as a bird sanctuary in 1924 to protect the habitat of the red-footed booby birds; the orange-flowered siricote trees are preferred nesting sites

Juvenile nurse sharks were easily seen just walking along the shore of Half Moon Caye; this threatened species stays in shallow waters to avoid predators and is an important species for shark research as they are more amenable to handling and capture

Juvenile nurse sharks were easily seen just walking along the shore of Half Moon Caye; this threatened species stays in shallow waters to avoid predators and is an important species for shark research as they are more amenable to handling and capture

This Caribbean reef shark in front of Nicole gives an idea of their size; this was the first trip I remember where I had no issues scuba diving and felt in control all the time (our guide asked why I hadn't become a divemaster which tells me I must be getting better)

This Caribbean reef shark in front of Nicole gives an idea of their size; this was the first trip I remember where I had no issues scuba diving and felt in control all the time (our guide asked why I hadn't become a divemaster which tells me I must be getting better)

Magnificent frigatebirds, with a wingspan of 8 ft, nest alongside the red-footed boobies; males are all-black with a scarlet throat pouch that is inflated like a balloon in the breeding season; they can spend days in flight without touching land or sea

Magnificent frigatebirds, with a wingspan of 8 ft, nest alongside the red-footed boobies; males are all-black with a scarlet throat pouch that is inflated like a balloon in the breeding season; they can spend days in flight without touching land or sea

Half Moon Caye was Belize's first national reserve, created in 1982 to protect the endangered red-footed booby; the small island had the best diving of the trip as well as awesome wildlife and great panoramas

Half Moon Caye was Belize's first national reserve, created in 1982 to protect the endangered red-footed booby; the small island had the best diving of the trip as well as awesome wildlife and great panoramas

The endangered spotted eagle ray is always a thrill to see; they are caught for food and medicine in SE Asia and Africa and preyed on by several shark species which has caused their population to plummet

The endangered spotted eagle ray is always a thrill to see; they are caught for food and medicine in SE Asia and Africa and preyed on by several shark species which has caused their population to plummet

Queen triggerfish; Belize has the only Jaguar reserve in the world which is known as Cockscomb Basin Wildlife sanctuary; the country also has the lowest population density in Central America with just 35 people per square mile

Queen triggerfish; Belize has the only Jaguar reserve in the world which is known as Cockscomb Basin Wildlife sanctuary; the country also has the lowest population density in Central America with just 35 people per square mile

The next day we dove the famous Blue Hole, one of the world's most famous dive sites and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, first popularized by Jacques Cousteau in 1972; the 400 ft deep sinkhole was created by the collapse of an underwater cavern 12,000 yrs ago

The next day we dove the famous Blue Hole, one of the world's most famous dive sites and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, first popularized by Jacques Cousteau in 1972; the 400 ft deep sinkhole was created by the collapse of an underwater cavern 12,000 yrs ago

The SE part of the island serves annually as a sea turtle nesting ground from May to November for the loggerhead, hawksbill, and green turtles, all endangered species; we saw a few turtles each day but they weren't abundant

The SE part of the island serves annually as a sea turtle nesting ground from May to November for the loggerhead, hawksbill, and green turtles, all endangered species; we saw a few turtles each day but they weren't abundant

I often found the Caribbean reef sharks headed straight for me and we would lock eyes with the shark swimming around me at what seemed like the last moment; these sharks are twice the size of black-tip and white-tip reef sharks

I often found the Caribbean reef sharks headed straight for me and we would lock eyes with the shark swimming around me at what seemed like the last moment; these sharks are twice the size of black-tip and white-tip reef sharks

After 3 days of diving, I spent the last 4 days on Ambergris Caye reading and relaxing; San Pedro is quite crowded and chaotic with lots of scooters, golf carts and cars sharing the narrow streets; I prefer its neighbor Caye Caulker

After 3 days of diving, I spent the last 4 days on Ambergris Caye reading and relaxing; San Pedro is quite crowded and chaotic with lots of scooters, golf carts and cars sharing the narrow streets; I prefer its neighbor Caye Caulker

Great barracuda; Belize, like the Mexican Caribbean coast, is overwhelmed at times by Sargussum, a type of brown seaweed; the shores throughout Belize were covered with it when I visited with tons removed from the shore every day but it keeps coming

Great barracuda; Belize, like the Mexican Caribbean coast, is overwhelmed at times by Sargussum, a type of brown seaweed; the shores throughout Belize were covered with it when I visited with tons removed from the shore every day but it keeps coming

Half Moon Caye is the easternmost landmass of Belize and, with the Blue Hole, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Half Moon Caye Wall, also known as the '6,000 foot vertical abyss,' is one of Belize’s most popular dive sites

Half Moon Caye is the easternmost landmass of Belize and, with the Blue Hole, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Half Moon Caye Wall, also known as the '6,000 foot vertical abyss,' is one of Belize’s most popular dive sites

The seas were amazing colors throughout Belize; diving the walls offered the best experience while snorkeling was very limited since close to shore most underwater terrain was just sea grass

The seas were amazing colors throughout Belize; diving the walls offered the best experience while snorkeling was very limited since close to shore most underwater terrain was just sea grass

Blue parrotfish; Belize is in the Central Standard Time zone and does not observe daylight saving time; Ambergris Caye (pronounced key), which is 25 miles long, is Belize’s largest and most developed island

Blue parrotfish; Belize is in the Central Standard Time zone and does not observe daylight saving time; Ambergris Caye (pronounced key), which is 25 miles long, is Belize’s largest and most developed island

Colorful indigo hamlets are prized in the aquarium trade; members of this species are synchronous hermaphrodites and they have the ability to move between male and female roles when spawning

Colorful indigo hamlets are prized in the aquarium trade; members of this species are synchronous hermaphrodites and they have the ability to move between male and female roles when spawning

This black-spotted porcupinefish was one of the few we saw; Belize City is by far the largest city in the country but after Hurricane Hattie largely destroyed the city in 1961, the nation's capital was moved inland to Balmopan

This black-spotted porcupinefish was one of the few we saw; Belize City is by far the largest city in the country but after Hurricane Hattie largely destroyed the city in 1961, the nation's capital was moved inland to Balmopan

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Surprisingly good glass collection at Mobile Museum of Art

Bird Jar, David Levi, 1998; Mobile's population peaked in 1960 with 202,779 residents; the per capita income for the city was a low $22,401 and, despite some nice areas, most of the city seems poor with relatively few prospects for improved opportunties

Bird Jar, David Levi, 1998; Mobile's population peaked in 1960 with 202,779 residents; the per capita income for the city was a low $22,401 and, despite some nice areas, most of the city seems poor with relatively few prospects for improved opportunties

Bottle Still Life #3, Bernard D'Onofrio, 2002; unlike most museums, the Mobile Museum of Art only listed the name of the work, artist and date created with no further information on the work and/or the artist

Bottle Still Life #3, Bernard D'Onofrio, 2002; unlike most museums, the Mobile Museum of Art only listed the name of the work, artist and date created with no further information on the work and/or the artist

Mint and Red Pot, Rene Culler, 2019; this work of blown glass was on sale for $950 to illustrate how expensive even glass art can be; admission was $12 with seniors paying $10

Mint and Red Pot, Rene Culler, 2019; this work of blown glass was on sale for $950 to illustrate how expensive even glass art can be; admission was $12 with seniors paying $10

Wreath, James Minson, 1995; easily the most interesting and accomplished area for the museum was its glass art collection which I really enjoyed; they showed technical expertise as well as creativity

Wreath, James Minson, 1995; easily the most interesting and accomplished area for the museum was its glass art collection which I really enjoyed; they showed technical expertise as well as creativity

Tall Vase with Poppies and Bees, Ludwig Moser, ca. 1890; Mobile has a population of roughly 200,000 and is Alabama's only saltwater port; Mobile was founded in 1702 by the French as the first capital of Louisiana

Tall Vase with Poppies and Bees, Ludwig Moser, ca. 1890; Mobile has a population of roughly 200,000 and is Alabama's only saltwater port; Mobile was founded in 1702 by the French as the first capital of Louisiana

Telephone Wire Social Club, Christopher J. Szaton, 2003; a 2007 study by WeatherBill, Inc. determined that Mobile was the wettest city in the contiguous 48 states, with 66.3 inches of average annual rainfall over a 30-year period

Telephone Wire Social Club, Christopher J. Szaton, 2003; a 2007 study by WeatherBill, Inc. determined that Mobile was the wettest city in the contiguous 48 states, with 66.3 inches of average annual rainfall over a 30-year period

Scene 2002, Kazumi Ikemoto, 2002; Mobile is known for having the oldest organized Carnival or Mardi Gras celebration in the US; the city's French Catholic colonial settlers celebrated this festival from the first decade of the 18th century

Scene 2002, Kazumi Ikemoto, 2002; Mobile is known for having the oldest organized Carnival or Mardi Gras celebration in the US; the city's French Catholic colonial settlers celebrated this festival from the first decade of the 18th century

Botanical Vase, Tommie Rush, 1993; when Alabama was granted statehood (in 1819, two years after Mississippi), Mobile had a population of only 809 people

Botanical Vase, Tommie Rush, 1993; when Alabama was granted statehood (in 1819, two years after Mississippi), Mobile had a population of only 809 people

Mongo Compote; Fritz Dreisbach, 1991; Mobile's population grew quickly in the 1800s as it became a center for cotton production and the slave trade; by 1860, Mobile's population was 29,258 making it the 4th largest city in what would be the Confederacy

Mongo Compote; Fritz Dreisbach, 1991; Mobile's population grew quickly in the 1800s as it became a center for cotton production and the slave trade; by 1860, Mobile's population was 29,258 making it the 4th largest city in what would be the Confederacy

May Bouquet, Flo Perkins, 1992; fire ants were first introduced into the US via the Port of Mobile sometime in the late 1930s; they came ashore off cargo ships arriving from South America with the ants carried in soil used as ballast on those ships

May Bouquet, Flo Perkins, 1992; fire ants were first introduced into the US via the Port of Mobile sometime in the late 1930s; they came ashore off cargo ships arriving from South America with the ants carried in soil used as ballast on those ships

Footed and Shouldered Bottle Shaped Vase (Bristol Glass - Islamic Style), Thomas Webb   Sons, 1880; Mobile's Roman Catholic parish was, in 1703, the first French Catholic parish established on the Gulf Coast

Footed and Shouldered Bottle Shaped Vase (Bristol Glass - Islamic Style), Thomas Webb + Sons, 1880; Mobile's Roman Catholic parish was, in 1703, the first French Catholic parish established on the Gulf Coast

Bowl with Flared Lip, Johann Loetz-Witwe, ca. 1936; during its first 100 years, Mobile was a colony of France, then Britain, and lastly Spain; Mobile became a part of the US in 1813, with the annexation by President Madison of West Florida from Spain

Bowl with Flared Lip, Johann Loetz-Witwe, ca. 1936; during its first 100 years, Mobile was a colony of France, then Britain, and lastly Spain; Mobile became a part of the US in 1813, with the annexation by President Madison of West Florida from Spain

Arrow Root and Water Lily Vase, Emile Galle, 1880; Mobile has been hit by numerous hurricanes with the worst being Frederic (1979), Opal (1995), Ivan (2004) and Katrina (2005); Katrina brought an 11 1/2 ft storm surge that destroyed much of downtown

Arrow Root and Water Lily Vase, Emile Galle, 1880; Mobile has been hit by numerous hurricanes with the worst being Frederic (1979), Opal (1995), Ivan (2004) and Katrina (2005); Katrina brought an 11 1/2 ft storm surge that destroyed much of downtown

Flush II (Incalmo Orb), Jamie Harris, 2005; aerospace, steel, ship building, retail, services, construction, medicine, and manufacturing are Mobile's major industries; Mobile's Press-Register is Alabama's oldest active newspaper, first published in 1813

Flush II (Incalmo Orb), Jamie Harris, 2005; aerospace, steel, ship building, retail, services, construction, medicine, and manufacturing are Mobile's major industries; Mobile's Press-Register is Alabama's oldest active newspaper, first published in 1813

Bowl, Dante Marioni, 1996; according to the 2020 census, Mobile is 51% Black, 40% White and 3% Hispanic; Whites were 64% in 1970; Mobile Bay was the first body of water in the new world to be accurately charted (in 1519)

Bowl, Dante Marioni, 1996; according to the 2020 census, Mobile is 51% Black, 40% White and 3% Hispanic; Whites were 64% in 1970; Mobile Bay was the first body of water in the new world to be accurately charted (in 1519)

Bags, John Littleton and Katherine E. Vogel, 1991; Mobile has four different nicknames: The Port City, The Azalea City, The City of Six Flags, and The Gateway to the Gulf

Bags, John Littleton and Katherine E. Vogel, 1991; Mobile has four different nicknames: The Port City, The Azalea City, The City of Six Flags, and The Gateway to the Gulf

Bolero, Richard LaLonde, 1994; Bob Dylan, Cher, Dolly Parton, Robert Palmer, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Reed have all sung about Mobile in song

Bolero, Richard LaLonde, 1994; Bob Dylan, Cher, Dolly Parton, Robert Palmer, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Reed have all sung about Mobile in song

The Elice Box (Assorted Licorices), Joan Vogel, 1993; famous people from Mobile include: Laverne Cox, Tim Cook, Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt, Jimmy Buffett, the Band Perry and Alexis Herman

The Elice Box (Assorted Licorices), Joan Vogel, 1993; famous people from Mobile include: Laverne Cox, Tim Cook, Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt, Jimmy Buffett, the Band Perry and Alexis Herman

Peach Cowboy Hat with Oxblood Band, Brian Benno, 1994; Mobile is home to the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta which is the second largest in the US; Mobile is home to 'America’s Amazon' one of the largest wetland ecosystems in the world

Peach Cowboy Hat with Oxblood Band, Brian Benno, 1994; Mobile is home to the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta which is the second largest in the US; Mobile is home to 'America’s Amazon' one of the largest wetland ecosystems in the world

Dancing Pear Orb, Kari Russell-Pool, 1994; in 1860 the Clotilda, the last known ship to illegally smuggle African captives into the US, sailed into Mobile; many descendants of the survivors still live in Africatown, just a few miles north of downtown

Dancing Pear Orb, Kari Russell-Pool, 1994; in 1860 the Clotilda, the last known ship to illegally smuggle African captives into the US, sailed into Mobile; many descendants of the survivors still live in Africatown, just a few miles north of downtown

Water Tower, Anthony Schafermeyer and Claire Kelly, 2001; five members of the Baseball Hall of Fame called Mobile home, more than any city outside of NYC and Chicago: Satchel Paige, Billy Williams, Willie McCovey, Hank Aaron, and Ozzie Smith

Water Tower, Anthony Schafermeyer and Claire Kelly, 2001; five members of the Baseball Hall of Fame called Mobile home, more than any city outside of NYC and Chicago: Satchel Paige, Billy Williams, Willie McCovey, Hank Aaron, and Ozzie Smith

Ginko (sic) Vase, Emile Galle, c. 1900; famous people from Mobile include: Jeff Sessions, DeMarcus Cousins, AJ McCarron, Antonio Lang and 1951 Miss America Yolande Margaret Betbeze Fox

Ginko (sic) Vase, Emile Galle, c. 1900; famous people from Mobile include: Jeff Sessions, DeMarcus Cousins, AJ McCarron, Antonio Lang and 1951 Miss America Yolande Margaret Betbeze Fox

Cake, Sarah Chase, 1998; Battleship Memorial Park is on the shore of Mobile Bay and features the WWII era battleship USS Alabama, the WWII era submarine USS Drum, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials, and a variety of historical military equipment

Cake, Sarah Chase, 1998; Battleship Memorial Park is on the shore of Mobile Bay and features the WWII era battleship USS Alabama, the WWII era submarine USS Drum, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials, and a variety of historical military equipment

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A return to visit UCLA and Westwood Village

Famous UCLA students include Carol Burnett, Jimmy Connors, Rob Reiner, Kirsten Gillibrand, Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Ashe, Mayim Bialek, Jackie Robinson, Troy Aikman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Morrison

Famous UCLA students include Carol Burnett, Jimmy Connors, Rob Reiner, Kirsten Gillibrand, Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Ashe, Mayim Bialek, Jackie Robinson, Troy Aikman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Morrison

Royce Hall, completed in 1929, is one of the four original buildings on UCLA's Westwood campus and has come to be the school's defining image; luminaries who have appeared here: George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Albert Einstein and JFK

Royce Hall, completed in 1929, is one of the four original buildings on UCLA's Westwood campus and has come to be the school's defining image; luminaries who have appeared here: George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Albert Einstein and JFK

This was the business school when I attended but is now the Luskin School of Public Affairs; UCLA is only 419 acres surrounded by wealthy enclaves like Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Holmby Hills

This was the business school when I attended but is now the Luskin School of Public Affairs; UCLA is only 419 acres surrounded by wealthy enclaves like Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Holmby Hills

1932 Student Activities Center building; Ray Bradbury wrote his classic novel Fahrenheit 451 at Powell Library in 1951; UCLA today is 31,600 undergrads and 14,300 grad and professional students

1932 Student Activities Center building; Ray Bradbury wrote his classic novel Fahrenheit 451 at Powell Library in 1951; UCLA today is 31,600 undergrads and 14,300 grad and professional students

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for the David Geffen School of Medicine; it is currently ranked the 3rd best hospital in the country by U.S. News   World Report, and 1st on the West Coast

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for the David Geffen School of Medicine; it is currently ranked the 3rd best hospital in the country by U.S. News + World Report, and 1st on the West Coast

As a student I'd go to the Wooden Center mainly to play racquetball while the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center came after my days; Pauley Pavilion, where home basketball games are played, is off to the left of Wooden Center

As a student I'd go to the Wooden Center mainly to play racquetball while the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center came after my days; Pauley Pavilion, where home basketball games are played, is off to the left of Wooden Center

The business school has new buildings and a more central location these days; supposedly, the Internet started at UCLA in 1969; the first Internet transmission was sent from UCLA to Stanford (right after it was sent, the computer sending it crashed)

The business school has new buildings and a more central location these days; supposedly, the Internet started at UCLA in 1969; the first Internet transmission was sent from UCLA to Stanford (right after it was sent, the computer sending it crashed)

Westwood Village is an on-street shopping, dining and entertainment district that was planned in the 1920s - the second such district ever to be built in the nation (preceded only by Country Club Plaza in Kansas City)

Westwood Village is an on-street shopping, dining and entertainment district that was planned in the 1920s - the second such district ever to be built in the nation (preceded only by Country Club Plaza in Kansas City)

The 87 Janss Steps lead to the 4 original buildings on campus; UCLA was not founded until 1919 and is the only leading research institution in the world that was started in the 20th century

The 87 Janss Steps lead to the 4 original buildings on campus; UCLA was not founded until 1919 and is the only leading research institution in the world that was started in the 20th century

My best friends at UCLA; Tim and Sandy (standing) accompanied me on my first trip to Europe after graduation; the 18 months I spent at UCLA were enriched by the intelligence and lack of pretense shown by my classmates

My best friends at UCLA; Tim and Sandy (standing) accompanied me on my first trip to Europe after graduation; the 18 months I spent at UCLA were enriched by the intelligence and lack of pretense shown by my classmates

The Daily Bruin began the same year as UCLA, 1919; Ralph Bunche was valedictorian of the 1927 class and was integral in the formation of the UN; he was the first African American and first person of African descent to be awarded a Nobel Prize

The Daily Bruin began the same year as UCLA, 1919; Ralph Bunche was valedictorian of the 1927 class and was integral in the formation of the UN; he was the first African American and first person of African descent to be awarded a Nobel Prize

With 13,000  students living on campus plus adjacent fraternities, sororities and apartments, Westwood is still popular for theaters and restaurants; there is also a new Target and nice Ralph's grocery store

With 13,000+ students living on campus plus adjacent fraternities, sororities and apartments, Westwood is still popular for theaters and restaurants; there is also a new Target and nice Ralph's grocery store

I lived here my first year before moving to an apartment in mid-Wilshire for my second year; UCLA receives more admission applications than any other US college or university (100,000  last year)

I lived here my first year before moving to an apartment in mid-Wilshire for my second year; UCLA receives more admission applications than any other US college or university (100,000+ last year)

On 5  acres next to my old business school lies the Franklin Murphy Sculpture Garden; 70  works by artists like Rodin, Calder, Moore and Hepworth make for a tranquil place to study

On 5+ acres next to my old business school lies the Franklin Murphy Sculpture Garden; 70+ works by artists like Rodin, Calder, Moore and Hepworth make for a tranquil place to study

The 55 acre Westwood Village has a Mediterranean theme, with clay tile roofs, decorative Spanish tile, paseos, patios and courtyards; shuttle buses connect to UCLA but parking here is limited and expensive

The 55 acre Westwood Village has a Mediterranean theme, with clay tile roofs, decorative Spanish tile, paseos, patios and courtyards; shuttle buses connect to UCLA but parking here is limited and expensive

The gorgeous UCLA campus is adorned with jacaranda and eucalyptus trees; undergrads are now 58% female with graduate students being 48% female; UCLA will host the Olympic Village for the 2028 Games

The gorgeous UCLA campus is adorned with jacaranda and eucalyptus trees; undergrads are now 58% female with graduate students being 48% female; UCLA will host the Olympic Village for the 2028 Games

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