Monday, August 19, 2013

Blue Monday - Ringling, Part One

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*****In two weeks, Blue Monday will celebrate its fifth Blogiversary! That's right. On the first Monday in September, 2008, I began Blue Monday.

I plan to celebrate with
balloons, cake,  and flowers--all blue, of course! Perhaps you'll be able to think of something blue and join in for the fifth Blogiversary. *****

Recently, my daughter took one of her daughters and a friend to see The Ringling, which occupies sixty-six acres on the shores of Sarasota Bay, Florida. It contains the John and Mable Museum of Art and Ca'D'Zan, "House of John," which is seen here in the background. It's John and Mable's winter mansion. This shot is the walk toward the house mansion.

Debi, my daughter (on the left) and Ara, my granddaughter posed for me. In this photo, you can get a peek at the Blue sky.

Here's a better look at that Blue sky. It was a glorious day.

Notice the intricate brick work.The tower held the game room.

The Museum of Art is seen in the background. It features masterpieces by Rubens, Veronese, Velazquez, and Gainsborough. It was designed in the Renaissance style and opened to the public in 1931.

This fountain is located in the courtyard of the museum, which is seen to the left.

The tall palms announce a special treat placed in the courtyard.

Located in the courtyard of the museum is a replica of the statue of David, which is made of bronze and is three feet higher than the original, located in Italy.

This is the only replica of David that we have in America.

Happy Blue Monday!


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Magical Mystical Teacher said...

David looks great with that blue-sky background!

Annesphamily said...

You tell a terrific story with blue all over the place! I will be back next week to help you celebrate! Hugs to you Ms Sally!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

What a wonderful blue sky! Happy Blue Monday, Sally... and thank you for taking the time to host each week - wow, 5 years of Blue Monday shortly! Have a great week :) Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a beautiful mansion! I saw David in Italy, but I have to admit he also looks very much at home in this beautiful setting.

Happy Blue Monday, Sally!

Mascha said...

Very beautiful and interesting buildings, even from the outside!
I would like to be in it ...
Happy blue monday :-)

Unknown said...

Beautiful architecture!

Hannah said...

Beautiful architecture, people, blue skies, and David statue. Congrats on you 5 year blogiversary!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Happy Anniversary!

LadyD Piano said...

What a lovely family you have. Thanks for sharing this beautiful place. The architecture is wonderful. Looks like a perfect day. Great series of photos!

Unknown said...

Nice skies! Lifting up the Mondays! ;)

aspiritofsimplicity said...

What a lovely place to spend the day with your daughter and granddaughter.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Congrats on your upcoming Blog Anniversary!!

Thanks so much for hosting!!


Melbourne Australia Photos said...

Beautiful photos of a memorable trip, Sally!
Thanks for hosting.

CailinMarie said...

My grandmother's place is not far from there. We went several years ago. What an amazing place! The building! The grounds! The art!!!
Thanks for hosting!
Happy Blue Monday

Gerald (SK14) said...

sorry if blue turned out to be purple - I thought lavender WAS blue - it's hard suffering from Daltonism.

Grandmother Wren said...

very grand and impressive, isn't it?
And your daughter and granddaughter are lovely. Thanks for hosting, Sally.

LV said...

We have heard of the mansion over the hill, but this is one grand mansion in Florida. Your daughter and granddaughter are both so pretty. Trust all is going good with your eyes.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post and loving family photos and lovely photos of the Florida area ~ thanks, carol, xo

JLS Hall said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit! I just love hanging out in art museums. Thanks for hosting another Blue Monday, Sally.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I will try to remember to come back for you Blogiversary party!
5 years!!!

Eva said...

Happy Blue Monday and congrats on your upcoming Blog Anniversary :) said...

You must have had a glorious day visiting! Wonderful photos to remember.

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Thanks for the invite....not sure why my photo doesn't show #20? Happy anniversary!

Loui♥ said...

what a delight!
love the statue!
have an awesome day!

Marice said...

Can't believe we are on 5th year! Thanks for starting a wonderful meme!

Happy BM :)

AnnA said...

Hi Sal!
I'm back again, with something charming blue...
Happy Blue Monday!
Best wishes,

Ann said...

That is a very vivid blue sky, love it. The architecture of the buildings are so beautiful. Happy Blue Monday.

Eileen said...

It looks like a beautiful place to visit! I'm going to link up my mudroom makeover - I used the most beautiful blue in there. Thanks for hosting!

Sarah said...

Sally, it's a beautiful property. Amazing that this was just the winter home. '-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally! Oh, that is a beautiful place. Now how come I've never heard of it before! I'm sure it would be a treat to get to go inside. Your daughter looks like you!
You're right! I don't have a blue bird.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

bj said...

Thanks so much for hosting.

Your sweet looks so much like her mama.
xo bj

bj said...

"your sweet DAUGHTER..." :)

Leovi said...

These pictures are very nice, great place to spend a lovely holiday!

Maria's Space said...

I love seeing your daughter and granddaughter. How nice that you were all together.

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Hi Sally, So good to be home and back on my blog! You have a great post as always. Blessings, Debbie

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Congrats of 5 yrs. of Blue Monday.. That is awesome...

I used to live in Venice (south of Sarasota) in the '70's .. We visited the Ringling Museum while there....

Hope you are doing well. We are---and still hiking and traveling... Great to hear from you.


Blondie's Journal said...

That is one gorgeous mansion! I do have to say that I could spend all day in the garden...beautiful!

Your daughter and granddaughter are so pretty!

Thanks for stopping by today. I don't blog very often on Sundays or Mondays so I miss a lot of your posts. I'll mark my calender for your party!


Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

Hi Sally, almost 5 years ! Thank you for continuing to host Blue Monday.

Al said...

What an amazing mansion, and it's kept up very well too. Nice shots!

Rob Hunt said...

Hi Sally, nice to see photos from the Ringling estate. Thanks for hosting.

Jenny said...

I have been there many years ago and was so inspired by the portraits inside the home. I had no idea it was so grand. I am glad someone else has found the treasures. xo Jenny

Jeanne said...

Hi Sally, Bill ordered a new router and until it comes, he ran a cord from his office out to the great room so I can finally use my computer. It has something to do with wireless service.

So here I am finally able to comment on your very interesting post. I would love to go there one day. The mansion is beautiful and so is your daughter and granddaughter. What a lovely day you must have had. I would especially enjoy the art in the museum and the statue of David.
did you go into the mansion?

Thank you for linking Brett for me. I haven't been able to comment so I am happy. I just have to be careful not to trip over the long cord which runs down the hall and across the room to my chair. HA! What a smart husband I have. Smile.

I am excited about your Blog anniversary Sally. I need to think up something special.

Love, Jeanne

Laura S Reading said...

I have missed stopping by to visit.
Looks as if you have been having a wonderful summer!
Congratulations on your blogiversary and I will come back to ccelebrate with you.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Sally, Your daughter and granddaughter share such a resemblance to you! This house/mansion is amazing. Another place to put on "must go here" list. Congratulations on 5 years! I will try to join the fun. Linda