It was her idea.
Mrs Zog decided that we needed a get-away to celebrate our 1-year anniversary living in Florida.
She happened to note that there was an exibition of the artworks of the famous female Mexican artist Frida Kahlo at the Dali Museum in St Petersburg... she loves museums, and she loves good art. So she booked a room at a small B&B down the road from St Petes in a place called Pass-de-Grille.
We booked the hounds into the doggie motel, and dropped them off on Saturday morning, then we hit the road to the West coast of Florida, just South of Tampa Bay. Basically directly West of us, about 3 hours drive.
We went directly to the Dali Museum, and because Mrs Zog had already pre-booked the tickets online (she got a discount doing it that way) we by-passed the queue at the door. The Dali museum is a pretty large structure, and has several areas for art displays. We started off with the Frida Kahlo exibition. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo
The art was beautiful, and to an extent somewhat disturbing. Frida was quite a woman...
Then we went into the Dali section. I was blown away by the diversity and the brilliance of the man. From the tiny paintings with almost microscopic detail, to massive pieces that only become apparent from a distance. Awesome...
The experience was somewhat spoiled because the museum was extremely busy. Also because of many noisy children running around. Personally I don't think that either the works of Dali or Kahlo are suitable for young children. Some of the subjects are of an adult nature, and some are quite disturbing. Viewing them in a more quiet and sombre atmosphere would have been more fitting I believe. Anyways... not the end of the world.
Then we went off to the B&B and booked in. Then a quick change into beach wear, walked across the street and onto the beach. I was hoping to have a swim in the Gulf, but the water was freezing! Only 18 degrees... so I lay in the sand for a bit instead, enjoying the sun and the views of the hot young bodies in their bikini's
We went for a nice long walk up the beach too, awersome fine white sand and lots of pretty sea shells...
We had a lovely supper at a local restaurant overlooking the river, then walked back to the B&B. A quiet evening in, early to sleep. Getting old methinks...
Sunday morning we went for another walk, but cut it short because a cold front was moving across and the wind was howling and clouds coming over and the temp was quite chilly. We packed up and checked out, and took a scenic route back home, including a drive over the Sunshine Skyway, a massive bridge spanning the Bay at Tampa. Just a pic taken from the car below.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge
We arrived home around 1pm, and went to collect the furry kids from their Motel at 3. They were both very happy to see us again, as we were to see them again
Overall, a lovely, and much-needed brief getaway.