Beautiful: Enjoying St. Pete

In late December, W & I headed South to spend some time in St. Petersburg, Florida.  We went down with family who highly recommended the city.  While we spent most of the vacation sitting on the beach or by the pool, we make time on Saturday to wander around downtime and spend some time at the Saturday Morning Market as we are fans of farmer’s markets and we’d heard lovely things.

The market was amazing.  Every type of produce you could imagine was available for purchase.  The colors were almost overwhelming.  I was so tempted to buy, but we were leaving the next day and I knew most of it wouldn’t survive the drive home.

 Cherries at the Saturday Morning Market St. Pete, Florida  Saturday Morning Market St. Pete, Florida

Saturday Morning Market St. Pete, Florida   Saturday Morning Market St. Pete, Florida

We did make time while there to eat.  Aside from all the fruits, veggies, breads and pasta, there were a large number of stalls selling prepared foods.  Again, the variety was amazing.  Beyond the typical things you would expect, there were empanadas, flat breads, Thai food, crepes and Ethiopian.

The other side of the market is full of craft stalls and clothing shops with performers at various intervals around the exterior.  

Saturday Morning Market St. Pete, Florida

I fell in love with a sustainably focused booth that was selling palm frond hats (one may have come home with me).  

 Saturday Morning Market St. Pete, Florida

There were gorgeous terrariums and yummy canned goods.

 Saturday Morning Market St. Pete, Florida     Saturday Morning Market St. Pete, Florida

After we finished wandering, we stopped by the Dali Museum.  The structure itself is stunning both inside and looking out.

Dali Museum St. Pete, Florida   Brocante Vintage Market St. Pete, Florida

We were lucky enough to catch the museum on the last day of the Escher exhibit.  Seeing his woodblocks in person gave us a whole new appreciation for his work.  The only downside was that tons of folks were trying to get into the Escher exhibit before it moved on, so it was hard to spend time getting close up to each piece and really taking them in.  We'd love to go back and take a museum tour & see more of the Dali exhibit when it's not quite as crowded.    

To finish off the day, we drove around the corner to the Brocante Vintage Market. It is 15,000 sqft filled with vintage goodies.  It opens for one weekend once a month and we just happened to pick the perfect weekend.  I adored the chair and side table above, but we ended up taking home only a few gifts.

Brocante Market St. Pete, Florida   Brocante Vintage Market St. Pete, Florida

Brocante Vintage Market St. Pete, Florida  Brocante Vintage Market St. Pete, Florida

We’ve seen amazing photos of the street art downtime and know there were so many places on our list we didn’t get to see.  Our time there was so short, we can’t wait to go back.

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