Friday, March 30, 2012
The Friday Five
This week's Friday Five is:
Five cool things I saw at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida.
1. Banyan trees. The picture above is of a banyan tree swallowing a cherub statue. Banyans grow roots off their tree limbs that descend toward the ground, attach, and then grow into a banyan tree trunk. They are bizarre, and we sure don't have anything like in Minnesota.
2. Ca' d'Zan (which means House of John) the Venice-style home of John and Maude Ringling of Ringling Bros. circus fame. The mansion sits right on the water, and it was beautiful and ornate and enormous.
http://www.ringling.org/CircusMuseum2.aspx?id=632 This picture doesn't do it justice, but this is just inside the big top. The entire miniature museum is enormous. Dozens of tents, hundreds of animals and people, cars, trains, lights, streets, trees, rivers, and so much more. I could've stayed and watched it for hours. Unfortunately, our experience was interrupted by a fire alarm and we had to clear the building, though they let us back in quite quickly as it turned out to be a false alarm.
Bonus cool thing:
Have you been to Florida? Have you been to the Ringling Museum?