Another early wake up this morning, although I slept better last night. After breakfast, we headed for St. Augustine, FL, the oldest city in the nation. http://www.oldcity.com/history-information.cfm It was first sighted in 1513, by Spanish explorer, Don Juan Ponce de Leon, and was founded in 1565.
It was a beautiful day. When we arrived in St. Augustine, we went on a short tour (it isn’t very big). We went inside Memorial Presbyterian: http://www.memorialpcusa.org/. We also took a tour of the Oldest House. the González-Alvarez House is the oldest surviving Spanish Colonial dwelling in Florida. The site has been occupied since the 1600s and the present house dates to the early 1700s. Since 1893 visitors have toured the house to see evidence of the Spanish, British and American occupations of St. Augustine and to learn how the residents lived. In 1970 the U.S. Department of the Interior designated the house a National Historic Landmark: http://www.staugustinehistoricalsociety.org/. The house was…old!
We drove through town, and by Flagler College, which was originally built as a luxury hotel in 1888.
We also drove by Lightner Museum (which used to be Alcazar Hotel):
Also, Casa Monica Hotel:
We stopped for lunch at Harry’s Bar and Grill, and ate outside in the perfect weather: upper 70’s, sunny, and a nice breeze. We noticed a statue of a bulldog on the patio!
They sure love bulldogs in the South!
Before we left, we checked out the fort:
We drove to the Jacksonville airport, where I am now…exhausted! It was amazing, and quite a treat to be able to see this part of the country and learn the history, but I am TIRED, and I miss home, and my puppy. 😦 I will miss the weather, here, however. It has been wonderful having a very early summer, and coming home with a tan. 🙂
**I forgot to mention: when I was in St. Simons Island, GA, I had the most amazing peach ice cream. Hey, I was in GA, I had to try it, and I am so glad I did…yummy!**
Also, here are some beach pictures I took while on Jekyll Island yesterday. Beautiful, huh? I thought so.