12 March 2013 | Sarasota, FL
John Ringling built a house on the shore of Sarasota Bay. Not just a house, a palace. He made millions as the owner of the Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus but went broke in the depression. He was an avid art collector and had thousands of paintings in his museum. When he died in 1936 he bequeathed his estate to the state of Florida, thus thwarting his creditors. The museum and entire estate is now operated by the University of Florida. If you get a chance to visit, don't pass it up.
The picture above was taken at the mansion. It is an architectural combination of Mediterranean and Floridian sitting on the shore of Sarasota Bay. Marina and I had our picture taken by the side entrance.