Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sand Sculptures on Siesta Key

I think November is one of the nicest times of the year in Florida. With the heat and humidity gone (or at least lower), it’s a great time to get out and enjoy one of the many fall festivals. Unfortunately, this year they planned all the festivals for the same weekend! Since we went to the chalk festival the last three years, we decided to try something different this year - the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition.
Siesta Key is an 8-mile long barrier island near Sarasota featuring Siesta Beach, which was voted the #1 beach in America in 2011. The beach’s white quartz sand makes it an ideal spot for sand sculpting. We got there as the artists were putting the finishing touches on their master pieces. There weren’t as many sculptures as I was expecting but the artwork was amazing.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

ME Cancun

We’re back from a long weekend in Cancun, our last hurrah for the year. We stayed at the ME Cancun, an all-inclusive hotel with a South Beach vibe. The modern lobby had a Starbucks-style coffee bar, water fountains and lots of odd black sculptures of either women or cats, I was never quite sure which. Ron said he thought they were aliens. :-)  One thing that a lot of people mentioned on Trip Advisor was how good the lobby smelled. I caught myself taking a deep breath a few times when we walked inside. Very spa-like.

ME Cancun