Sunday, January 30, 2011

The new Dali museum!

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg opened at it's new location earlier this month (on 1/11/11 at 11:11:)). It houses the largest collection of Dali paintings outside of Spain and the largest collection of Dali's 'masterworks'. For a painting to qualify as a masterwork it has to be at least 5 feet in one direction and have taken over a year to create. Seven of Dali's 18 masterworks are at this museum and the sheer scale of them gave me a new appreciation for the vast amount of work involved in some of his paintings. The new museum is right on the water in an appropriately quirky building and we had to wait about 40 mins to get in since Sunday is their busiest day and they had record attendance figures since they re-opened.

Sometimes kids just can't get into the blogging spirit...:)

My favorite was Hallucinogenic Toreador because of the imagery (if you look closely the green skirt becomes a tie and you can see a man's face above it...)

Mike's favorite was Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man because of the symbolism...
Сальвадор Дали - Геополитическое дитя, наблюдающее рождение Нового человека

 Maddy's favorite was Sentimental Colloquy because "it was so creative"...

© 2008 Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí; used with permission

We spent about 2 and a half hours looking around (the audio tour is a must) before Maddy announced that she "enjoyed it but there comes a point when I'm just done." Well worth the $20 for adults and $10 for kids I'd say; there is some sexual imagery however, which you may want to bear in mind if you're taking children - depending on how you feel about those kinds of things. It didn't bother us, but eleven-year old Maddy was a bit embarassed at some of it and said later that she "turned around - it was disgusting":). We had a lovely visit - if you go, we'd love to hear what you thought!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

My new lobster rug...

There aren't many things that I love more than my new lobster rug...:)

A Perfect Day for Running...

We had such an amazing time at the Long Run at the Ranch 5K! Mike came third in his age group and got a trophy and we both achieved personal bests. More pics and running stuff here!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Getting dirty on a Sunday morning...

We had such an amazing time at the Florida Dirty Duo race! At this event teams of two share one bike and alternate running and biking through a 6 mile obstacle course (including a mud pit:)) through Tampa's gorgeous Trout Creek park. Tons of photos on the running blog (more here!). Exhausting but so so fun!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Big Cat Rescue's Feeding Tour!

Mike, Maddy and I went to Big Cat Rescue at the weekend for our first feeding tour. The cats get really excited when it's meal-time (don't we all?:)) so it's a great time to visit and see the cats when they are so active.

Maddy was so happy that her birthday brick had been added to the walkway...

Mike really got into it...

Look at his face...aaah :)

What an amazing place. It was Maddy's 18th visit and she loves it more and more each time she goes. We are so proud of her commitment to learn about and care for these beautiful animals. Great job Maddy!