OK, so it’s not quite coral, nor is it truly a castle, but the Coral Castle Museum (28655 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33033) is a delightfully quirky structure, and a great example of someone marching to their own drummer. The grounds include a variety of unusual rock buildings and furniture carved from over 1000 tons of oolite limestone, including a water fountain, a sundial, a crescent moon, tables, and living areas.
Inspired a Billy Idol Song
As the legend goes (and, really, how could a place like this not have a legend behind it) a Latvian immigrant named Edward Leedskalnin built this unusual stone dwelling after being spurned at the altar by his 16-year-old bride-to-be. Now you know who Billy Idol was referring to in his song Sweet Sixteen, and why his lyrics refer to a moon-shaped rocking chair.
Built By a Single Man – Not Anti-Gravity!
In addition to all the whimsy, I was amazed to learn that the Coral Castle was built through the efforts of a single man. He was no Paul Bunyan, either. By all accounts, Ed Leedskalnin was a thin-framed man who stood only 5 feet tall, and yet he carved and maneuvered all that rock without any outside help!
Over the years, many have claimed that he must have had supernatural powers to have completed this difficult project. But, as someone who once astounded her family by rearranging heavy furniture all by herself at the age of 6, I know that patience can take you far. Don’t just take my word for it, though. Here’s an article that explains how Mr. Leedskalnin created his masterpiece: Coral Castle Busted – Interesting, but Not Magic. (Although I disagree a little. I think the man had magical patience!)
Follow me on Instagram & I’ll follow you back!
I’ve gone from turning up my nose at the idea of cell phone pictures, to being an avid iPhone photographer, which is why my theme for the 2014 A to Z blog challenge is Instagram Travel Photos. If you are on Instagram, I’d be delighted to follow you. Simply follow my photo feed (@TuiSnider) on Instagram and I’ll follow you back!
What is the April A to Z Blog Challenge?
Each April, people from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to meet other bloggers. To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then use the blog hop linky to visit as many other bloggers as you can.
My A to Z Inspired Book: Unexpected Texas
I’d like to thank everyone who commented on my blog during the A to Z Challenge last year, because it convinced me to take the self-publishing plunge. On March 2, 2014, I released Unexpected Texas as a paperback and eBook and it quickly became an Amazon Best Seller!