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March 24, 2009

Florida Part 3 : A wander around Sarasota and a flight to Chicago

These photos were taken on 21/o2/2oo9. In case you were curious...

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This statue, Unconditional Surrender, is based on Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous photo of a solider and a nurse celebrating the end of WWII with the Kiss. It's one of the more famous Sarasota landmarks.

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March 22, 2009

A beach, the Ringling Complex, and another sunset (aka Florida pt. 2)

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Below is me going in for a dip in the somewhat chilly 17 degree waters...

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The rest of the photos are all taken at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art which is actually a multi-building complex on a 66 acre estate. John Ringling not only built this massive estate, but much of Sarasota as well as his pet project of running a circus.

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A bit of the gardens:

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One of the highlights is the Circus Museum, celebrating all the mystique surrounding circus life, with little acknowledgement of the animal rights abuses and hardships that performers and workers endured... don't get me wrong though. Even though its one-sided, its still pretty fun to see!

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This circus in miniature was built over more than a 50 year period by one very devoted Howard Tibbals. I kinda wish I would've taken more photos of this display. The attention to detail is quite phenomenal.

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This is the Venetian-style Mansion that John and his wife once lived in. On the terrace, once a month (just in time for my visit) there is a band, food and drink. It's well worth hanging out to watch the sunset.

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