Greetings From Sarasota, FL

This evening I arrived in Sarasota, FL, where I’ll be spending the weekend with my family. On the way in from the airport, I was happy to see my favorite statue, Unconditional Surrender, which is based on the famous 1945 photograph “The Kiss at Times Square”. I’m not quite sure what our plans are for this weekend beyond going to see Circus Sarasota and maybe, just maybe, going to the beach.

This is my third visit to Sarasota, and I’ve never had a good beach day, which is really too bad considering that nearby Siesta Key Beach is one of the nicest beaches in the US. My two prior visits were in January 2008 and February 2009, and I just haven’t had any luck with the weather. Plus, it’s been unusually cold this winter all over the South, so that has made me less optimistic.

When I was here last year, I visited the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. I was impressed with the orchids (see my orchid slideshow here) but I was somewhat disappointed by the rest of the flowers although I did get to see the weirdest plant ever. The next time I go to the gardens, I want to make sure that more flowers are in bloom. 

I also went to the Ringling Museum of Art last year, and that is somewhere I would definitely like to revisit as it’s a multi-building compound you can’t possible see all in one shot. It has fine art as well as circus art, including the world’s largest miniature circus (see slideshow here) that took philanthropist Howard Tibbals over 50 years to create. But tomorrow night, I’m seeing a real live circus which will (hopefully) be even better!

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