The Path of Totality, North America :

Dance, gawk or run in the dark, but don't look directly at the sun From the beaches of Mazatlan, Mexico, in the rugged coves of Maberly, Newfoundland, the sky will be the stage on April 8 as a total solar eclipse sweeps across North America.

This year, the moon will be near the closest point to Earth, resulting in an unusually wide swath and long-lasting totality.

Mexico, Canada and 13 U.S. States will greet the darkness with celebrations. The Portal Eclipse Festival in Mazatlan promises '' spiritual growth '' through D.J.s, yoga and more, NASA will be broadcasting from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where $15 will get you admission to a festival and eclipse glasses, called fittingly, the Greatest Spectacles.

On the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, Cosmologists Without Borders will offer space themed programs.

And if you're game to run with a headlamp, consider a race in Millinocket Maine. [ Danielle Dowling ]

PARIS  :Preparing for the Olympics, and millions of sports lovers. 

Already one of the most visited cities in the world, Paris is preparing to welcome millions of travelers this summer as host of the 2024 Olympics and Paralympic Games.

It will be the biggest sporting event in the city's history and to mark the occasion many well-known monuments are being transformed into sports and entertainment venues.

In a first, the Olympics opening ceremony will not be held in a stadium but outdoors, along the River Seine and near the Eiffel Tower.

Outdoor swimming and the para-triathlon will be set against the backdrop of the Pont d' lena. The grand gardens of the Ch√Ęteau de Versailles, just outside Paris will be transformed into a gallery and course for the equestrian events.

La Concorde will stage the Olympic debut of break dancing and other sports like skateboarding and three-on-three basketball.

If that weren't enough, Paris, along with Normandy, is also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first impressionist exhibition.

'' Paris 1874 : The Impressionist Moment ''  will feature 130 works at the Music d' Orsay  [ March 26 to July 14 ], tracing the artistic movement and how it captured a changing city. [ Ceylan Yeginsu ]

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