Monday, August 9, 2010

Tampa, Florida

You may be wondering why this blog entry doesn’t have a snappy little title to go along with it, well, I guess I couldn’t think of anything particularly exiting to say about sleepy little Tampa.

Tampa is a nice city full of everything you need, but nothing that particularly stands out from a tourist’s point of view. A nice place to live but you wouldn’t want to visit – well, for too long at least.

Our first stop was actually in the next city across, St Petersburg, home to the world’s largest private collection of Salvador Dali paintings.

The collection was impressive chronicling right from his early to late career.

Aside from all the well-known Dali paintings and sculptures, one piece I loved was from the late 70s/early 80s was a small 3D hologram of Alice Cooper singing into a skull topped microphone.

After spending the morning up to our ears in art we went back to Tampa for some more culture – the old Ybor town centre (rhymes with eeoorr) built with a strong Cuban influence. It would be a great place for dinner and drinks, but on this sticky hot afternoon we just needed a place to cool down.

We took our lovely airconditioned rental car into the main Tampa downtown area and came across this stunning building.

Originally built as a hotel, it is now connected to the University as a museum.

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