Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dali Day

The last time I looked at the calendar it was April and Easter was almost here. Since that look at the calendar, my husband and I took a much anticipated trip to Treasure Island, Florida. The event was scheduled to coincide with our oldest grandson's spring break because our intent was to gather up the two daughters, the two sons-in-law and the 4 grandchildren and have a week of family. And we did. No one was excused. We all pitched in lugging beach chairs, coolers, chasing kids, looking for kids, cooking and keeping the beach towels clean. The adults took turns slipping away for a few hours leaving their offspring to grandpa and grandma.

When it was our turn to disappear we headed for the new Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. The collection has been exhibited since 1982 but this year, in keeping with Dali's surrealist fascination, the new museum building opened on 1-11-11 at 11:11. The building is as intriguing as the art it houses. The grounds include a garden, a grotto and labryinth. The building design uses helixes, spirals and "fool the eye" techniques to create a total immersion into Dali's creative genius. The Cafe Gala serves only Spanish inspired food. How fun is that?

First we took the docent tour through the main exhibit then, after a little Orangina break, we used the self guided audio tour to do it again. It was a great beach break and we spent the better part of the day there. It is a must see if you find yourself in the Tampa area.

When we returned to the beach we headed to the Don CeSar for cocktails and the sunset... with a couple of grandchildren, of course!

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