St. Augustine. It's only six hours away from where I live and yet I never found the time to go there--more precisely never made time, which was a big mistake. What a lovely quaint town.
I learned some history about our country as I toured St. Augustine.
Ponce de Leon, a noble Spaniard, was a member of Christopher Columbus's second expedition to the New World. In April 1513 he sailed from Puerto Rico to discover new islands. When he sighed land, he named it La Florida, in recognition of the verdant landscape and because it was the Easter season, which the Spaniards called Pascua Florida (Festival of Flowers).
The precise location of their landing on the Florida coast has been disputed for many years. Some historians believe it occurred at St. Augustine, and some argue that Ponce came ashore even further south near the present location of Melbourne Beach. Ponce de Leon was a short man, only 4.11 ft, and his statue shows his real height.
We arrived on Sunday around five o'clock, checked at the Avilles Avenue Hilton which consists of a series of several renovated, old houses, connected together, and later had a delicious dinner of shrimp and fish at the next door Irish Pub restaurant.
In the morning we sat at the terrace of one of the Flagler hotels for coffee and cupcakes and then took a trolley to sightsee the town.At the Fountain of Youth Park, a Spaniard soldier guards the entrance.
An old carriage in front of the St. Augustine Jail.
The oldest house in United States.The Believe it or Not Museum and a tree tunk wide enough to be used as trailer.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine founded in September 8, 1565 .One of the Flagler hotels, now the Lightner Museum,
with Henry Flagler's statue.
Henry Flagler donnated one of the three hotels he built to the city. It is now a college.
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