One of these last weekends we visited the west coast of Florida, more precisely St. Petersburg. The Dali Museum was in our plan for a while since we heard it had opened in a brand new building in late January of the present year. The location could not be better, in downtown St. Petersburg with a view to Tampa Bay, and the organic architectural design fits well the outstanding provocative imagination of the Spanish artist.
This state of art building hosts one of the most comprehensive collection of Dali’s work and this is definitively an important cultural landmark in the state of Florida. Being the world’s biggest private collection of Dali showcases nearly 100 paintings, plus drawings, fine prints, videos and surreal objects around its 20,ooo square feet gallery spaces.
I had visited the Teatre-Museum Gala Salvador Dali, in Figueres, Spain, the birthplace of the artist and where he is buried. In Catalonia, Dali museums form the so-called “Dalinian Triangle”, which includes, besides the Teatre-Museum in Figueres, the Casa-Museu Castel Gala Dali (a castle located in Pubol) and the Casa-Museu Salvador Dali in Port Lligat, Cadaques. Together they’re all part of the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation. The Gala-Dali Castle in Pubol, which I had opportunity to visit as well, is a medieval building dedicated to Dali’s muse.
It was interesting to recognize in many of the paintings of the permanent collection of Dali Museum in St. Petersburg the characteristic landscape of Cadaques as a constant point of reference in his work. Of course, another point of notice is the omnipresence of Gala in so many paintings, as his dedicated russian model, wife and source of inspiration. Gala was indeed an obsession for Dali to the point that his latest works were signed “Gala-Salvador Dali” and the Foundation created by the express will of the artist was named after both of them.
The weekend was very pleasant and we enjoyed the city and its organized downtown area, featuring diverse cultural points of interest, like the Museum of Fine Arts. Here we spent sometime around its outside gardens and the amazing trees surrounding the majestic building. Another trip might be in order to see its comprehensive art collection, from antiquity to the present.
Since we were surrounded by surrealistic Spanish art that day we end up eating a good selection of tapas at a local restaurant. At least I ate well this time. And here comes the part of the big news, the reason I’ve been somehow absent of blogging, especially avoiding the food section. Hopefully that will be back to normal soon, as I even have a pile of previously made recipes, with tons of pictures waiting to see the “blog light”. The reason is… I’m pregnant and my first trimester was full of fatigue and sickness. The kitchen is the last place I want to be in, me! My beloved husband is helping by cooking some nice meals and I’ve been surviving on a bit of this and that, trying with difficulty to keep making healthy choices and fulfilling all the nutrients. Hardly I have to say, I developed an aversion to certain ingredients, with eggs on the top of the list. So it seems, no traditional baking is on my horizon for the moment, unless I use strictly vegan recipes. I’m entering my second trimester now and I’m starting to feel better, thankfully. For the rest, and most important, both me and the baby are healthy and growing at a fast pace. Obviously we are all very very happy and appreciating this new stage of our life. And as curious as I can be, I absolutely cannot wait to find out if my little girl who is about to turn into a big sister is going to welcome a sister or brother to play with.
To you I want to say thank you for being there and to continue to keeping up with me in this special phase of my life.