As I mentioned in my post about the Dalí Theatre-Museum, we were stupid enough not to book tickets ahead of time, forcing us to wait in line in the center of Figueres, Spain.
It was the middle of the day in August and, believe me, it was hot in Figueres. We waited about 45 minutes to get to the ticket booth.
Nevertheless, we managed to keep ourselves entertained. If you end up in Figueres, Spain, waiting to get into the museum, here are some suggestions. (I’m assuming you’re not visiting alone; most of these suggestions would necessitate taking turns leaving the line.)
1. Eat Ice Cream
Get an ice cream. The stand right next to where we joined the line has delicious ice cream. I have no idea if it really was excellent ice cream or if it just tasted so good because it was hot and we had to wait.
2. Cool off in the Church of Sant Pere
The museum is right in the center of Figueres and so is the old Church of Sant Pere. The line meanders past the entrance, so you might as well take a look inside. It’s dark and cool in there, so it makes sense to take turns so each person in your group gets a break from the heat. Parts of it date back to the 13th century, but most of what you see is in later, gothic style. This was the church where Dalí was baptized, by the way.
3. Study the Dalí Theatre-Museum
Take a close look at the façade of the Dalí Theatre-Museum. Notice the man with the diving suit. And the women who are missing bellies but carry baguettes on their heads. Or any of the other oddities on the building. Take lots of pictures.
4. Visit the Surrealist Bookstore
Visit the surrealist bookstore. You can buy a mobile with melted watches, or jewelry with the same.
5. Admire the Pujols Monument
Take pictures of the strange statue in front of the museum. Dalí designed this monument to his friend Francesc Pujols, a writer and philosopher.
6. Plan your trip
Check out the tourist information office, also right in the center of Figueres. Plan out the rest of your trip better than you planned today’s museum visit!
Watch the tourists pose in front of the Pujols monument. Why do they do that? Does seeing them in front of the statue somehow improve the picture?
8. View the artwork
Check out the painting on the wall near the entrance, just left of the tourist information office. I love this one!
Of course, you could do all these things in any case, even if you’re smart enough to reserve your tickets ahead of time.
In a way, having to wait in line forced us to stand still long enough to notice things that we might have overlooked otherwise. That’s a good thing. Sometimes we get so goal-oriented that we forget to look at what’s going on around us.
While my teenagers were distinctly unimpressed by any of these things to do (except for the ice cream and sitting in the cool shade of the church), I was glad I was forced to take the time.
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