Monday, April 29, 2013

THE SUNSHINE STATE IN APRIL


St. Augustine, Florida, is hosting a Picasso exhibit, direct from Spain.  It's at the Visitor's Center and they revamped the building just to house the exhibit.  It was one of the things on my list for our annual northeastern Florida trip.  Sweetie and I were in Florida last week so we drove up to St. Augustine on Monday (April 22).  It was a wet and windy day - enough so that the streets were fairly deserted and all the tourists were under cover of the trolleys, riding around the city instead of walking in the rain in a hoodie with the string tied tightly round my face to keep it from blowing off.  

We were not allowed to take photos of the exhibit so the lady taking tickets shot this photo of us in front of the first sign.




The exhibit focuses on Picasso's obsession with bullfighting.  It includes drawings, lithographs, prints, and even ceramics dealing with bulls, matadors and naked women (of course!).  There were several school groups coming in as we left (good timing).

The exhibit runs through May, if you're in the area.

One of the highlights of visiting St. Augustine is entering the Kilwin's shop.  Full of caramel apples, chocolate covered delights of all kinds, and ice cream.  I had to bring back some salted caramels for my mother (for Mother's Day) and myself; and Sweetie and I shared one of their new delights:  




An apple pie caramel apple!  
It is a regular caramel apple (with a nice, tart apple under all the rich caramel), then it is dipped in a apple pie dough crunchy covering (tastes like a rich apple pie when you eat it and the apple pie dough keeps the caramel from being so sticky).  YUM!!!













This interesting fountain was just outside the Visitor's Center so I had to take a photo.










Here's some information about the fountain.













And then Sweetie had to take a photo of me.  I'm calling this one:
One of these things is not the same. :)

You can see it was not weather to have shorts and tees on - jeans, tee shirt and a hoodie for the day.  Windy enough for three days (we arrived on Saturday evening), that the wind surfers were having a blast but everyone else was avoiding the beach and blowing mist.




Grey sky, grey water, the only color was in the wind surfers' sails.  One very fit guy was doing jumps, spins and trying to turn upside down.  He was documenting his efforts because he had on a hard helmet with a video camera on top.



The Sunshine State? Not the first few days!

11 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

Mornin' Rhonda, it looks like despite the rain you managed to have a great time. Thanks for sharing the cool pics.

Sadami said...

Hi, Rhonda,
I love your photos, of course, the your "cute" face most!!
Cheers,wink,wink, Sadami

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

Florida or Asturias? XD I didn't know you had a fuente de los caños there too LOL, yours is better though, with that gorgeous woman in the middle :)

Sounds like you had a great day, a pity that the weather didn't let you enjoy the beach fully

Studio at the Farm said...

YUM - that apple pie caramel whatever looks so delicious! So the weather is poor, but you're not starving. :) And it looks like you are having a wonderful time. Love the photo of you mugging in front of the fountain!

Celia Blanco said...

Thank you for sharing your photos! It looks like a fun trip and boy that "apple pie apple" looks yummy!

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

Looks like it was a fun trip even with the rain. And I loved you with the fountains! LOL! You are very photogenic.

Gary L. Everest said...

Aloha Rhonda,
Great post! We were once stationed in Jacksonville with the navy and thoroughly enjoyed a visit to St. Augustine. Sadly, I don't remember Kifins.:)
Your suspicion about the O'Keeffe painting was correct. In 1939, Dole commissioned her to do two paintings for advertising purposed and the story of her visit is most interesting.
Thanks for sharing, Rhonda.
Sincerely,
Gary

CrimsonLeaves said...

The weather sounds perfect to me! Love the photo Gary took of you in line with the fountain heads. My favorite of them all!

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Rhonda - looks like you had a great time and so glad you got to see Picasso's art. How neat that is. Too bad you couldn't take pics but I guess that is understandable. Thanks for sharing.

RH Carpenter said...

Glad you enjoyed the photos and post, Carol, Sadami (me, cute?!? ha ha), Teresa (gorgeous?? now that IS going a bit far! ha ha).

Thanks, Kathryn, no we were not starving at all! ha ha

Celia, that apple pie caramel apple was soooo goood I'm glad I can't get them around here!

Thanks, Carol. I usually hate to have my photo taken so always make a face of some kind - and this seemed appropriate!

Gary, I seemed to remember that about Georgia and the Dole Plantation - pretty darned cool to be asked to come and paint for a company that pays all your expenses and then buys your painting!

Thanks, Sherry (Sweetie's name is Jerry, not Gary :) I'm allowed to call him Sweetie but not another name - that may be too much! ha ha

Debbie, I was surprised I couldn't take photos - there wasn't anything there that hasn't been in many books and magazines, but I understand, I guess. It was only $10 to view the work and it's costing the city of St. Augustine something like $130,000 for the updates and remodel of the visitor's center and the rental of the pieces.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh vey. I knew that, Rhonda. Usually I catch myself on errors like that. I really did mean Jerry.