|Salvador Dali Museum of St. Petersburg, FL|
|Interior view up the spiral staircase|
Sunday, the members-only sneak preview of the Dali Museum furnished us with an opportunity to wander through the facility without large crowds. An architectural gem, the museum is the second largest Dali museum in the world (the other in his hometown --- Figugeres, Spain.) We took advantage of the self-tour option and used earphone to receive an explanation on numbered pieces. This allowed us to leave the museum with an inhanced understanding of Dali and the complexity of thinking behind his art. He is arguably the finest surrealist artist of the 20th century.
Followed the museum tour with a get together honoring the birthday boys. We met with 25 friends at the Red Mesa Cantina for libations and Mexican food. The 'handmade' margaritas made with top shelf tequila, Cointreau and freshly squeezed lime juice were definitely a notch above the typical margarita served in restaurants (and the food was good too.)
|Our best Salvador Dali look|
Tuesday, we joined the parade from the old Dali to the new Dali--- an assortment of dancers, bands and revelers participated. The parade was followed by speeches from various dignitaries and then the grand opening. Thankfully, we had already toured the museum and can return another time when there will not be hordes trying to vie for a peek.