Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spring is the perfect time to explore artsy St Pete, Florida

Yesterday, a nor'easter wreaked havoc in the northeast (from Washington, D.C. to New England), bringing snow, sleet and rain to the region. Our weather in St Pete, Florida has deteriorated as well, with heavy rain Monday night followed by cloudy skies and 18-20 mph winds for most of Tuesday. Today's high is 57 degrees F, low is 47, and the wind hasn't abated much. Old man winter is not going away any time soon, even if Spring is less than a week away.

Not that we're complaining. We've had wonderful weather for the past three months. And we do need the rain. It's a good thing we had chosen to explore downtown St Pete this past Saturday.
Vinoy Basin (ferry to Tampa docked on the right)
stunning Sundial Shopping Complex
Downtown St Pete has grown leaps and bounds since we discovered this little gem about a dozen years ago. High rises continue to sprout all over town. There are restaurants galore. With a new ferry service connecting St Pete and Tampa, you can visit both cities without worrying about traffic and parking (call us biased, but boating on the Gulf side of Florida is the best!) We have fond memories of the iconic inverted pyramid at The Pier, which met its wrecking ball in 2015.
Inverted pyramid at The Pier
This past weekend, we were thrilled to catch a glimpse (albeit through the chain link fence) of the Grand Prix in action! The proof is in the video.

After strolling around the waterfront, we drove several blocks over to check out Chihuly's new location on Central Ave.

We wandered into an alley of cute shops and as we walked out the back, we were greeted with some creative murals.

Further up, we ran into some artists creating works of arts on dumpsters. Not sure if this was part of the Second Saturday Art Walk?
Mural artist at work
Every time we visit downtown St Pete, we come away feeling happy to have a neat place like this near us.

Hope you had a great weekend too!

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