Hope that you have a fantastic weekend, whatever you choose to do!
If you are thinking of remodeling or updating your house or yard, this is a great event to attend for ideas and to see the newest products.
Tampa Bay Home Show (All Weekend)
Home improvement experts will be at the Tampa Bay Home Show this weekend.  Exhibits, giveaways, door prizes, seminars, and  the latest trends in home remodeling: from kitchen and baths to flooring, to windows and home protection. Friday and Saturday from 10am-6pm, Sunday from 10am-5pm. Free admission and parking. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive. St Petersburg, Florida
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Pub Crawl and Pokemon GO Day @ Jannus Live. (Not sure I feel about this-could be interesting.)
Pokemon GO has quickly become an international sensation. This Saturday, players from all over Tampa Bay will gather downtown for a huge Pokemon Pub Crawl. The festivities begin at Jannus Live at 2pm and will move to designated zones beginning at 3pm. This event is 21+ and is free to attend. Check with Jannus Live for details, 200 1st Avenue N.

Girls Rock Camp at The Local 662. (This is cool.)
The campers from the very first Girls Rock Camp St. Pete will be performing LIVE in front of an audience of friends, family, supporters and fans! 2-6pm. $10 for adults, $5 for kids 13 and under (cash only at the door). The Local 662, 662 Central Avenue. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Chef’s Summer Tasting Menu at Stillwaters Tavern (next to our office-238 Beach Dr. NE. Great smells come drifting from the there. Oh, yum.)
Enjoy the new Chefs Tasting Menu at Stillwaters Tavern with 3 courses for just $19.99 Starter: House or Caesar Salad; Main: Grilled 5 oz Tavern Steak, Fish of the day, or Char Siu Chicken Ramen; Dessert: Brioche Bread Pudding, Almond Tart with Citrus Curd and Pears, or Summer Berries with Ice Cream. Available 4-7pm. Call 727-350-1019 for reservations. Stillwaters Tavern, 224 Beach Drive Northeast.

The Florida Bjorkestra: The Music of Bjork and Kate Bush, with Jamie Perlow and Whitney James at Palladium Theater. (This is something new and different to attend.
 Fifteen piece ensemble of local luminaries known as The Florida Björkestra bring the sound, arrangements and quirky harmony of Icelandic artist Björk delivering chamber-pop renditions of songs such as Human Behaviour, Army of Me, Hyperballad and I’ve Seen It All. The orchestra features strings, horns and chorale backed by bass, drums, guitar and piano. Vocalist Jamie Perlow fronts the group. 6pm. $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

These residences are outfitted with the finest in workout equipment and space, proving that you don’t have to go far for fitness.

July 15, 2016 / Property Spotlight http://luxurydefined.christiesrealestate.com/blog/property-spotlight/eight-impressive-home-gyms

Watching athletes from around the world compete in Rio de Janeiro for gold will inspire many to hit the track—or the pool, tennis court, or basketball court—and set a personal best. For most, that will involve a trip to the gym or at least another facility with the capacity for such activities. Not so for the owners of these luxurious retreats, where an on-site fitness center is a key attraction. From personal weight-training equipment to private saunas and even indoor basketball courts, upscale fitness amenities make it entirely possible to train like an Olympian right at home.

Mountain Retreat
Telluride, Colorado

Enjoy an après-ski workout with a view of the trees outside the windows of this Telluride estate, which also has an indoor basketball court.
Enjoy an après-ski workout with a view of the trees outside the windows of this Telluride estate, which also has an indoor basketball court.

This contemporary estate in the Rocky Mountain ski resort of Telluride, Colorado, presents stunning views of the San Sophia mountain range. With 8,000 square feet of interior space, the home includes three main living areas connected by a series of bridges. On-site recreational facilities range from a basketball court to a gym with views across the treetops outside. There is also a ski utility wing with access to Telluride’s world-class skiing facilities, which are just a short walk away.

Contemporary Cascais
Lisbon, Portugal

With its tempting view of the pool, this gym serves up a cool setting for a workout in this stunning Lisbon-area residence.
With its tempting view of the pool, this gym serves up a cool setting for a workout in this stunning Lisbon-area residence.

Situated within a gated residential community in the golfing community of Cascais about 23 miles from Lisbon, this striking property boasts a large game room with bar, a home theater, and staff quarters with private entry. A spacious leisure area includes a gym, sauna, Turkish bath, and indoor pool. Outside, the grounds feature manicured gardens, a barbecue, several dining areas, a large pool, and three tennis courts.Sleek Estate

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A compound composed of six individual penthouses, this impressive building at the edge of the exclusive golf course The Dutch has a separate gym and sauna.
A compound composed of six individual penthouses, this impressive building at the edge of the exclusive golf course The Dutch has a separate gym and sauna.

This newly built estate located adjacent to a famous and very private golf course outside Amsterdam is actually six independent penthouse apartments—all of which have the potential to be connected—boasting a combined total of 38,179 square feet of interior space. The modern structure, designed in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, is complemented by a carriage house with a pool, gym, sauna, and Turkish bath. Additionally, a butler’s house provides six bedrooms and kitchenettes. About a one-hour drive from central Amsterdam, this unique property combines the utmost in convenience and indulgence.

Lakefront Allure
Clayton, Georgia

Set up as a professional gym, the workout area of this lakefront house in Georgia provides ample space for exercising.
Set up as a professional gym, the workout area of this lakefront house in Georgia provides ample space for exercising.

This elegant lake home has warm accents such as reclaimed oak floors and beams, exposed brick and stone, multiple fireplaces, and hand-distressed wood kitchen cabinetry. Situated on Lake Burton—a reservoir of the Tallulah River in northeastern Georgia—the residence is ideal for entertaining guests thanks to its chef’s kitchen, waterfront porch, and fabulous home gym with its own sauna and steam shower. A workshop represents an additional outlet for expending energy and accomplishing a goal.

Modern Manse
Cannes, France

Taking an exercise break in this house is like escaping on a mini-vacation; the workout room with views over the hills of Provence also has a hot tub and sauna.
Taking an exercise break in this house is like escaping on a mini-vacation; the workout room with views over the hills of Provence also has a hot tub and sauna.

Perched atop a hill overlooking the ocean and the Lérins Islands, this expansive retreat offers 7,201 magnificent square feet of interior space that includes eight bedrooms. The dramatic grounds also feature a guest house, caretaker’s cottage, pool, and garage. The fitness room in this bright and airy house has large windows plus a sauna and hot tub. The property’s location in the French Riviera—one of the first modern resort areas—makes it an ideal getaway for active travelers, especially yachting enthusiasts.

Island Escape
Honolulu, Hawaii

The fitness room of this glamorous Honolulu mansion boasts majestic panoramic views of the Pacific, enhancing the appeal of home workouts.
The fitness room of this glamorous Honolulu mansion boasts majestic panoramic views of the Pacific, enhancing the appeal of home workouts.

Combining the glamour of Hollywood and the sophistication of New York City, this opulent hillside Honolulu retreat serves up panoramic views of Lanai, Maui, and Molokai from nearly every angle. The property itself is a magical setting complete with a koi pond, tea pavilion, outdoor spa with hot tub, and tropical waterfalls. The 9,166-square-foot interior features grand entertaining spaces, a chef’s kitchen with professional-grade appliances, plus a master suite with its own movie projector and drop-down screen. Fitness enthusiasts will appreciate the ocean-facing exercise room outfitted with an array of equipment and free weights as well as multiple television screens.

Spanish-Style Grange
Smiths Parish, Bermuda

With space for just about any type of weight-training equipment, this brightly lit Bermuda gym also has its own steam shower.
With space for just about any type of weight-training equipment, this brightly lit Bermuda gym also has its own steam shower.

This Mediterranean-meets-Bermuda residence offers seaside luxury and multiple amenities. Set on three acres with south-facing ocean views, the elegant 1947 home has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a cedar-panelled library with fireplace, a media room, and—for the athletically inclined—a spectacular home gym with its own steam shower. A tennis court with a shady pavilion and changing room—plus a pool with its own pavilion and wet bar—complete the package of this retreat located just moments from some of Bermuda’s best beaches and a nature preserve.

Glorious Georgian
New Vernon, New Jersey

The spacious home gym in this New Jersey Georgian-style home is roomy enough for a range of fitness equipment., and its wall of mirrors will help exercisers ensure that good form is second nature.
The spacious home gym in this New Jersey Georgian-style home is roomy enough for a range of fitness equipment., and its wall of mirrors will help exercisers ensure that good form is second nature.

Situated in a leafy town about an hour outside Manhattan and adjacent to a protected trout stream, this Georgian-style residence offers stately architecture, generously sized rooms, and wooded grounds with a pond. From the detailed millwork to the wainscoting and vaulted and tray ceilings, the residence generates an authentic Old World ambience. Woodburning fireplaces, custom built-ins, and handsomely crafted kitchen cabinetry add to its charm and warmth. The finished lower level has a spacious recreation room and a fitness room with a mirrored wall.   Discover more homes with exquisite gyms 

July 15, 2016 / Property Spotlight http://luxurydefined.christiesrealestate.com/blog/property-spotlight/eight-impressive-home-gyms

TOMORROW-Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | 8:00am – 5:00pm
Pinellas REALTOR Organization
The overall impact of globalization has driven Europe to become a major market in competition with the Americas and the Asia/Pacific region. Consequently, Europe is a very active source and target of international real estate investment .This is due in part to the size of the region which offers tremendous investing potential. Knowledge and awareness of basic, cultural, political and economic conditions in Europe will enhance a real state professional’s ability to represent, interact with and command the respect of clients.
SCHEDULE:Europe and International Real Estate
7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: Sign-in, networking, and breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Course
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.Seating is limited and registration is required.
REGISTRATION: $95
PRO Members – would you like a scholarship to help pay for this course? The REALTOR® Professional Development Scholarship is available for you, courtesy of the Pinellas REALTOR® Foundation and the Affiliate Business Partners of PRO. Click here to learn more and apply. Note: the scholarship does not cover any additional costs associated with obtaining the certification. If you’re interested in the scholarship, REGISTER AND PAY FOR THIS COURSE FIRST, then fill out the application on the webpage linked above. We request that you register and pay for the course first to guarantee your spot since scholarships and seating are limited. If you are awarded, we will issue you a check.
***This course is one of the courses required to earn the prestigious Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation. The CIPS Network comprises 2,500 real estate professionals from 50 countries and is the specialty membership group for global business practitioners of the National Association of Realtors®. The CIPS® designation prepares Realtors® to service the growing international market in their local community by focusing on culture, exchange rates, investment trends, and legal issues. Click here for more information about CIPS and the requirements to earn this prestigious designation.
SPEAKER: Jorge Cantero
Jorge is licensed in real estate in the state Florida since 1985, and previously a recipient of a New York State Broker’s License. Mr. Cantero’s international experience prior to that was a result of being involved in the chemical industry with a series of multinational companies, and having extensively traveled in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Mr. Cantero’s specializations include residential resales, marketing of foreclosures; and in particular serving inbound international investors and residential real estate exchangers.
Mr. Cantero is a Past President of the Residential Association of the Miami Association of REALTOR®, and was the recipient of the Association’s Educational Award in 1994, and of the REALTOR® of the Year Award for 1995. Furthermore, he is a member and director of numerous committees of the Miami Association, Florida Association and National Association of REALTORS®.
In addition to having earned the designations of Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Mr. Cantero holds a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from New York University (NYU), 1972.
Contact: Jan Dean
Email: JDean@tampabayrealtor.com
Phone: 727-216-3004

This is interesting. I would never have chosen a cold country to be the happiest country in the world. I need sun, warmth & water!!

What makes a nation’s people happy? According to a new report by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), it’s factors like GDP per capita, freedom from corruption and “having someone to count on in times of trouble.”

By those criteria, SDSN says Denmark is the happiest country in the world, Reuters reports. Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland round out the top five; the U.S. ranks at #13.

From poolside cabanas to open-air living rooms, elegantly appointed outdoor spaces are a key selling point in today’s luxury market.

from http://luxurydefined.christiesrealestate.com/blog/market-insights/sumptuous-outdoor-spaces

1. Four-Season Outdoor Living Room
Fully realized alfresco living rooms are distinguished by one signature feature: fire. Whether a dramatic stone hearth and fireplace, a firepit, or a chiminea, a fire element turns an outdoor space into an outdoor room that can be used year-round in warm-weather states throughout the U.S., including Florida, California, Texas, and Arizona. “Florida’s weather is such that you can do virtually all of your living and entertaining alfresco, especially during the winter months, when the weather is characteristically warm and dry during the day and deliciously cool and comfortable at night,” says Michael Saunders of Michael Saunders & Company. Fire elements generate warmth and a welcoming ambiance; additionally, two-sided fireplaces can create a natural separation between outdoor spaces, such as a living room and dining area.

Fire elements provide warmth and enhance the ambiance of the outdoor living room of this luxury home in Nokomis, Florida.

Fire elements provide warmth and enhance the ambiance of the outdoor living room of this luxury home in Nokomis, Florida.

2. Poolside Cabanas 2.0
A perennially popular poolside accompaniment, the cabana today is designed to serve triple and even quadruple duty at summer homes in New England, including Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. In addition to being a respite from the sun’s rays, cabanas may be furnished with a wet bar and stools, a kitchenette, and even a full-size dining table. “Our clients enjoy being able to spend the day outside with little need for going indoors,” says Liza McKenney from Great Point Properties. “Being able to fix drinks and food, dine outside, and get some shade is a plus for many. Stepping out your back door into an outdoor living area makes you feel like you have your own private oasis.”

This deluxe poolside cabana creates the sense of a true private oasis on the grounds of a summer retreat in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

This deluxe poolside cabana creates the sense of a true private oasis on the grounds of a summer retreat in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

3. Designer Flourishes
“Carefully selected furniture adds to the sense of stylish outdoor living,” says Maria Gryllaki of 
Ploumis Sotiropoulos. Gryllaki has worked with numerous properties in Greece where the designer treatment has been given to the outdoor patios and terraces of centuries-old villas: importing pieces from shops as far-ranging as London and Hong Kong adds just the right touch of contemporary sophistication. Comfortable, elegant seating and pillows done in luxurious fabrics further blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living.

 

The patios and terraces at this centuries-old villa in Hydra, Greece, have been designed with great care so as to blend the old with the new.

The patios and terraces at this centuries-old villa in Hydra, Greece, have been designed with great care so as to blend the old with the new.

4. Blended Indoor-Outdoor Living
Oceanfront estates from California to the Caribbean are being designed with an open-air concept that takes full advantage of the desirable weather and gentle ocean breezes. The concept is essentially built into a home’s design, notes Peyton Cabano from 
Willis Allen Real Estate. Architects are bringing the outside in by creating permanent, covered living spaces with all the same amenities as an indoor family room, living room, or kitchen— only one or more walls are absent.

 

Expansive open spaces, vaulted ceilings, and wall-to-wall disappearing glass doors afford unparalleled ocean views.

Expansive open spaces, vaulted ceilings, and wall-to-wall disappearing glass doors afford unparalleled ocean views.

The resulting designs capitalize on sweeping ocean views and make for an impressive space for living and entertaining. “When it comes to entertaining guests, there is no nicer setting than by the sea,” says Dominique Silvera, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at One Caribbean Estates. “Entertaining in a beachfront property creates an unmatchable ambience.”

 

Arguably the most luxurious property ever built on Barbados, One Sandy Lane features residences designed with indoor-outdoor living in mind.

Arguably the most luxurious property ever built on Barbados, One Sandy Lane features residences designed with indoor-outdoor living in mind.

5. Dining Alfresco
Dining outdoors against the backdrop of a breathtaking natural vista is a cherished tradition amid the desert landscape of the American Southwest and the majestic mountain ranges of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. In these places of rugged, natural beauty, understated elegance is best, so as not to take away from the grandeur of the surroundings. That being said, outdoor dining sets have come a long way. Today they are made in a variety of materials that are both luxurious and able to stand the test of time and the elements; teak and cypress are popular choices. Tabletop flourishes including candles, floral arrangements, and elegant tableware and stemware set the stage for an unforgettable evening under the stars.

 

Spectacular views from the patio of this Jackson Hole, Wyoming, retreat are the ultimate backdrop for an evening under the stars.

Spectacular views from the patio of this Jackson Hole, Wyoming, retreat are the ultimate backdrop for an evening under the stars.

6. Next-Gen Pool Design
Ocean Home magazine reports that the latest iteration of pool design trending in the northeastern states—including the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut—is inspired by nature. Characterized by forest-like landscaping, rock work, and water elements that one might happen upon during a stroll through the woods—waterfalls, lily pad–topped ponds—these designs are as much about creating an environment as they are about the actual pool. Taking a page from nature’s playbook doesn’t mean scaling back on luxurious finishes, however. These homes may well have an outdoor kitchen or firepit, or perhaps both.

 

Featuring a cascading waterfall, natural rock work, and landscaping evocative of a forest, this stunning pool at an estate in Holmdel, New Jersey, characterizes the natural-pool trend.

Featuring a cascading waterfall, natural rock work, and landscaping evocative of a forest, this stunning pool at an estate in Holmdel, New Jersey, characterizes the natural-pool trend. 
 from  http://luxurydefined.christiesrealestate.com/blog/market-insights/sumptuous-outdoor-spaces

So many great things to enjoy this Fourth of July weekend in St Petersburg, Florida:

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Winesmith Sample wines from Spain to France, plus Sonoma, from around the world. $14. 1620 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Grand Central District

Vans Warped Tour 2016 at Vinoy Park Assuming We Survive, Sleeping with Sirens, The Maine, and more bands perform today. Doors open at 11am. Tickets start at $37. 701 Bay Shore Drive NE

First Friday-FREE event on Central Avenue. Live music, drinks, local vendors booths and more. Begins at 5pm. between Second and Third Streets on Central Avenue. Proceeds from beer and wine sales benefit area organizations. Live music by the Tempests.

Up the Ante Concert Series at Fubar Performances by Mosquito Teeth, Blonk, Teacher Teacher, &Yogurt Smoothness. 9pm. Tickets start at $5. 658 Central Ave

Jannus Live Performance by In This Moment, Hell Yeah, Shaman’s Harvest, &Sunflower Dead. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets $30.75. 200 1st Ave N

Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field (All Weekend)  Click HERE for tickets and game times. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.

Fourth of July Weekend at The Ale and The Witch hosts 4 concerts in 3 days. Special Cigar City taps will be flowing each day. TC Carr, Ari and the Alibis, AB+ Positive and others. The Witch’s BBQ Den will serve $1 beer boiled hot dogs.  2nd Avenue NE

South Pacific at Palladium Theater (Friday and Sunday)  St. Pete Opera presents the musical adaption of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Tales of the South Pacific. 7:30pm on Friday, Sunday at 2pm. Tickets start at $22. 253 5th Avenue North.

A Tale of Two Cities at American Stage Theatre (All Weekend) An aspiring drag queen named Jerry opens his door and finds a baby left on his doorstep. “He’s a straight baby, but we can co-exist. I know it can be done.” Jerry proceeds to tell the baby a Grimm’s fairy tale, but when this fails to stop the baby’s crying, he performs the entire narrative of Dickens’ classic of the French revolution, playing all the characters in only 90 minutes! Mark Chambers, the actor who played Jerry on our stage twenty years ago, will reprise his role. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. 163 3rd Street North. 

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Flamingos Forever at Sunken Gardens Learn all about Flamingos, up close visit with the new flock of Flamingos. Why do flamingos stand on one leg? How far they can fly? Games and crafts. 10am-noon. Free with admission to the garden. All ages welcomes. 1825 4th Street North.

Dali Museum 9:30am  Families with children ages 6 to 12 can privately explore the galleries before the museum opens. Reservations required and regular admission applies. 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE)

Make and Take Saturday  Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive NE. Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the museum’s collection. For ages five and older, with families encouraged to participate and no registration required. Supplies are provided. Included with museum admission

Brocante Market Brews and BBQ Block Party (Saturday and Sunday)  BBQ Block Party on Saturday. There will be food, drinks, games and more. The market runs from 9am-7pm on Saturday, 9am-5pm on Sunday. 2200 2nd Ave South. 

Block Party at 3 Daughters Brewing  Across the street from the Brocante Market. Live music, beer and BBQ. 11am-5pm.  222 22nd Street South. 

St. Pete Indie Market at Morean Center for Clay   Best local makers and artists in Tampa Bay get together. Enjoy the Urban Restaurant Group food court and pop up bar by The Bends. 11am-4pm. 420 22nd St South. 

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Jacksonville Armada FC and Post Match Concert with Flo Rida and fireworks at Al Lang Stadium. Game starts at 7:30pm. 230 1st St South.

Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Alternative rock/metal band with Shaman’s Harvest and Sunflower Dead. $24.50.

Sunday, July 3th, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays: vs. Tigers  Tropicana Field  Family Fun Day and kids get to run the bases at a post game DJ Kitty dance party with mascot appearances.

Big Bang Boogie Swing Dance Event at Museum of Fine Arts
The MFA opens its doors to the Big Bang Boogie event featuring live music and dancing with the Juke Joint Kings. Doors open at 7 pm, group swing dance lessons are from 7-7:30 pm, and dancing is from 7:30-11:30 pm. $15. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Monday, Fourth of July, 2016

Great Explorations Children’s Museum 1925 Fourth St. N. Children can celebrate Independence Day with patriotic games, crafts, a dance party and activities including a “red, white and blue” relay, underwater fireworks and flag creations. Included with admission. $10, $9 seniors, one and younger free.

Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Live music by the Hummingbirds and a buffet dinner including smoked chicken, grilled salmon, a slider bar and “All American” hot dogs. $46, $23 ages 11 and younger.

Fireworks in St Petersburg This year’s “Fireworks Across the Bay” is set to go off at 9pm. Can be seen from most of the city’s waterfront parks. Weather conditions may change the start time for fireworks up to 30 minutes or delay them up to one hour.

Fireworks in St. Pete Beach Gulf Boulevard and 68th Street. Start around 9pm from Upham Beach. For safety reasons, some of beach will be closed beginning at 6pm.

Happy Birthday America

This is where flags are hung, fireworks are viewed and celebrations unfold.

This is home.

Wishing you and yours a safe, fun and memorable Fourth of July Weekend!

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Le Louvre photo by Annalisa Weller, 2009

 

The following museums were found on several lists as the most visited in 2015 around the world. I was quite surprised to find out that I have visited 7 of the 10. My travels have not brought me to Asia yet so that removes Numbers 2, 8 & 10 for me. Better get to work on that! My daughter just returned from China so “we” could use the familial visits to check off  another one on the list-not really.

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National Gallery of Art, photo by Annalisa Weller, 2015

 

I would, however, like to add the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which opened in 1937. As I a child I was lucky to live close to DC & so we visited it quite often. Last year while in Washington, DC for business, I spent the afternoon in the National Gallery of Art with my family. As I turned the corners, I would get a glimpse of some of my favorite works of art & felt like I was seeing dear old friends-Renoir, Monet, Manet, Degas, Cassatt, Cezanne, Picasso, Van Gogh, Fragonard, da Vinci and more. They make me so happy & speak to my soul. Another wonderful museum is the Salvador Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida which houses the largest collection of Dali’s works outside of Spain. Not only are the paintings & sculptures fascinating but so is the building. Stanford University in Palo Alto, California has a wonderful collection of Rodin sculptures in a garden setting that is definitely worth checking out.

So get out there and appreciate the beautiful things in life! Tell me which are your favorites.

1. The Louvre in Paris

8.7 million visitors in 2015.

2. The National Museum of China in Beijing

7.3 million visitors in 2015.

3. National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

6.9 million visitors in 2015.

4. National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

6.9 million visitors in 2015.

5. British Museum in London

6.8 million visitors in 2015.

6. Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

6.3 million visitors in 2015.

7. Vatican Museum

6 million visitors in 2015.

8. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

5.9 million visitors in 2015.

9. National Gallery in London

5.9 million visitors in 2015.

10. National Palace Museum in Taiwan

5.3 million visitors in 2015.

 

SATURDAY, June 25
Pride 5K Run – 8:30am
Gulfport

Central Ave. Block Party – 5pm*
Grand Central District

The Glamstands – 7pm*
Bandit Coffee Co.

LGBT Pride Parade – Sunset*
Grand Central District

Flamingo’s After Party – Midnight
Flamingo Resort

SUNDAY, June 26
Street Festival – 11am*
Grand Central District

Pool Party – 6pm
Flamingo Resort

Lady Gaga’s Touring DJ
State Theatre – 8pm

Every year the St Pete Pride Volunteers, Board of Directors, Designers and Businesses come together to create a resource for the community. The 2016 St Pete Pride Guide is more than just your listing of events for Pride Weekend 2016, keep it handy all year long for a listing of LGBT friendly businesses in the Tampa Bay region. https://www.stpetepride.com/en

The purpose of St Pete Pride is to promote unity, visibility, self-esteem and a positive image of and among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Tampa Bay and throughout the State of Florida by way of cultural and educational programs and activities.

Tampa Bay area residents with plans to head out to St. Pete’s Pride Weekend festivities will find a number of roads shut down for the celebration.

According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, roads along Saturday’s parade route will close at 2 p.m. June 25. They’re expected to reopen around 11 p.m.

The route for the parade, which starts at 8 p.m., begins at the now closed George’s Alibi Bar on the corner of 3rd Avenue North and 31st Street. The parade then heads east along 30th Street and turns south to Central Avenue. It then heads east to 22nd Street.

The agency notes that First Avenues north and south will be open to east-west traffic, but side streets leading to Central Avenue will be closed.

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Yesterday, citizens of the U.K. voted in a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). The historic vote has now made the British exit from the EU (dubbed “Brexit”) a reality. So, what does this mean for Florida?

This past Monday, Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist for the Florida Chamber Foundation, taped a segment on the Florida Chamber’s monthly Florida by the Numbers about the vote and the potential effects on the Florida economy if the U.K. voted to leave. In that video, he noted that it would have effects on both Florida’s international trade and international visitors.

Overall, there were more than 2.4 million visitors from the rest of Europe – and expected decreases in the value of the Euro will increase their travel costs for trips to Florida. With the expected decrease in the value of the British Pound, travel to Florida will also become more expensive for U.K. residents.

“In 2015, more than 1.7 million U.K. visitors came to Florida- that’s about 40 percent of European vistors and about 15 percent of all of Florida’s overseas visitors. In fact, visitors from the U.K. make up the largest non-Canadian visitor group Florida has,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist for the Florida Chamber Foundation. “International visitors spend more and stay longer, and leave more sales and other tax dollars in our state. With more than $89 billion spent by visitors in 2015 in taxable sales, this is a substantial contributor to Florida’s general revenue.”

The vote by the U.K. to leave the European Union will also have the immediate effect of increasing volatility in financial markets, and will likely lead to reduced foreign direct investment in Florida. We know from history that increases in uncertainty and volatility typically have a negative effect on investment and trade.

The silver lining for Florida? Imports from both the U.K. and Europe should now be cheaper. Currently, Florida imports twice as much as it exports from the U.K.

Florida’s imports from Europe made up 23 percent of the total imports – totaling $16.9 billion in 2015. Those imports should become less expensive as the Euro falls in value versus the U.S. dollar. 

Click here to watch Dr. Parrish’s full analysis from earlier this week on the potential impact of Brexit.

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June 2016 Visit my Website | AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com
Pinellas Realtor Organization
Neighborhood Advocates Initiative
Flood Programs (Campaign #6 / 6.17.16)

Here’s an opportunity for homeowners in Pinellas County to reduce their flood insurance premiums. Many homeowners with flood insurance unknowingly pay higher rates for flood insurance than they have to.

There are many factors to consider when generating a flood insurance policy and its rates, and sometimes mistakes or miscalculations are made. These two events will give you the opportunity to hear about new changes to flood insurance. Afterwards, flood insurance evaluation professionals will sit with homeowners, one-on-one, to evaluate their policies.

On July 11 and July 12 you’ll have the opportunity to have your flood insurance policy evaluated with the possibility of a rate decrease. The first event is at the Pinellas Realtor Organization, 4590 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater. The second event is at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave in Tarpon Springs. Both events begin at 6:00pm with a general session, the individual meetings starting at 6:30pm.

Here are some questions worth noting:

  • How Do I RSVP? Email stpete@yourfloodrisk.com for the event in Clearwater or tarpon@yourfloodrisk.com, or call 856.723.3666 for both events.
  • Who is conducting the seminar? A company called Flood Risk Evaluator with the support of the Pinellas Realtor Organization and the Florida Association for Insurance Reform.
  • What is the cost? The entire event and evaluation is FREE. The only cost is possibly the overage you are paying for your current flood insurance policy!
  • What do I need to bring with me? You MUST have your elevation certificate and current flood insurance policy with you.

These issues have the potential to affect you and our local economy, so I thought that you might want to know about it. If you ever have questions, you can email me at AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com or call me at 727-804-6566. Thank you so much.

© 2016 Pinellas Realtor Organization

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

(727) 804-6566
AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com

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