Figueres, the home of Dali

Figueres is a small city outside Barcelona, and home to the fantastic Salvador Dali. I took the train from Placa Espanya to see the Museu Dali, which included a separate museum housing his jewel collection, and his mausoleum.

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The museum consisted of several floors , hallways, and spiraling staircases, with paintings, sketches, furniture, and installations by the artist. The famous “Persistence of Memory” painting is housed at the MOMA in New York, and many other pieces hang in the Dali museum of St. Petersburg, Florida.  Melting clocks can be found all over the place, however, in other paintings and sculptures.

The jewelry designed by Dali is no less extravagant than his oil paintings, and like an Egyptian pharaoh, his mausoleum is surrounded by his priceless art and ornate jewels.

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Outside of the Dali museum, Figueres is much like Barcelona, with Catalan influence, but on a smaller scale. On Monday evening, people were rambling down the “Ramblas,” shopping, and filling cafe tables.

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