Riverwalk: FT Lauderdale
After the Glackens Exhibit preview on Friday night, Steven and I stayed overnight at the Riverside Hotel - within walking distance of the Museum of Art. I had stayed at the same hotel 8 years ago when my mom & I drove to FT Lauderdale to view the Glackens collection at the same museum. We chose this hotel for it's proximity to the museum, but found it to be a beautiful old-fashioned hotel in a great area, it still is. The Riverside hotel is located just a few steps from the New River and a beautiful Riverwalk.
The New River in FT Lauderdale is a very busy, narrow canal. The boats that travel on this river are way bigger than you could ever imagine! We saw yachts that were over 100 ft long, big sailboats, tug boats pulling huge yachts, a 550 seat mississippi riverboat style tour boat called the Jungle Queen, little Boston Whaler boats, tandem kayaks (yikes! watch out for those big boats), medium size yachts, boats for charter, a gondola, a little boat that looked like our boat Chelsea with a roof, a boat that could have belonged to Johnny Depp, more than one super modern silver bullet mega yachts . . . . SO many boats -take a peek at my flickr set! This river/canal also had many draw bridges that lifted and lowered, including a train bridge over the water, wow. The walkway itself was beautifully designed and we enjoyed very much walking there, watching the boat traffic and the bridges, seeing what this city was like. Hobbs was absolutely right when he told me about FT Lauderdale being the "Venice of America!".
This is the first of a number of back-blips. I have been back home for days, but just a little wiped out from the quick travel, the big honor for my great uncle and his work, his paintings and illustrations. Read about the funding from the National Endowment of the Arts to help fund the William Glackens Research Collection and Study center. WOW! I will be back to continue to catch up on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. I have taken photos and just need to upload them!