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This Week in Travel

Paris, with popcorn
A blooming good year ahead?
The early show
It’s only January, but desert gold and other wildflowers are already popping up in Death Valley National Park. To find desert flowers there and in Anza-Borrego, ask park rangers, who know the locations of the best blooms. (Phyllis Nefsky)
Hand-feeding dolphins is a popular activity on the beach at Monkey Mia. Nine dolphins come by daily for the fish. (Margo Pfeiff / For The Times)
Free tours
The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is an offbeat mix of Moorish, Italian and Spanish Colonial styles. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
Splendor in the grass
A 10-day tour of English gardens in May will stop at Sissinghurst. (Lucas & Randall European Tours)
Gentle giants
Whale sharks love the waters off the North West Cape, where they draw in plankton like aquatic vacuum cleaners. (Margo Pfeiff / For The Times)