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St Augustine is our destination today. It is a three hour drive from Savannah. We had rain off and on during our drive. Thank you Christopher and Brad for driving during this trip. We check into our hotel located in the historic district then head out for a late lunch/early dinner. The Floridian in the historic district is our restaurant of choice. I got a fried green tomato, bacon, lettuce and goat cheese sandwich. It was so good, I love the southern cooking. After lunch we went to the St Augustine Distillery. We took the free self guided tour which included tastes of an old fashion, a mule and a tiki drink. The distillery sells the liquor and mixes. If I was local I would buy the mixes. We returned our rental car back to our ... read more
View from St Augustine
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Standing in front of our hotel

North America » United States » Florida » Saint Augustine February 23rd 2021

Before continuing on down to Florida, Mom and I headed downstairs for something we had been waiting for over a year for, an actual hot hotel breakfast served in a dining room. It wasn’t quite the normal walk around serve yourself buffet experience, but it still was much welcomed. There was a velvet rope between us and the buffet. You told the server what you wanted and then she loaded up your tray for you. Luckily, we were the only ones trying to get served or this system could easily get backed up. I ordered the equivalent of two breakfasts (pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy) to make up for lost time. As we were about to get on the highway, Mom spotted a local shop selling praline and fudge. She insisted we stop and get some ... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Saint Augustine February 15th 2019

St. Augustine, Florida, was the first city founded by European settlers in North America in 1565. On one street you can see the oldest (and very small) house, which is converted into a museum store. The Spaniards built a fort there to protect the place. All buildings use a local rock called 'coquina', a kind of limestone made of small fossilized shells. In one state park, you can visit an old coquina quarry. This is an interesting and beautiful city. There's the Spanish colonial aspect: the fort and the old city. There are more modern and nice building like Flagger's college, which is an architecture's highlight of the city. The Aliigator's farm, is a zoo specialized on crocodiles, (all species are present there), but also showcase lots of other animals. The crocs feeding's time is a ... read more
Flagger's college
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Flagger's college

North America » United States » Florida » Saint Augustine December 16th 2018

Holy COW! One year of Marriage already?!?! Let me start with an apology to all of my followers as I have been MIA for about a month or two. So, hopefully by the end of this week, I can have a few posts of our excursions since then. Secondly, like I said before, it has been ONE FULL YEAR of marriage to my amazing husband, Blake. Where do I begin? Most of my followers are also close Facebook family and friends, so you have seen my sappy post already, but here has what Blake and I have accomplished over the past year: - first move together across state lines - first trip out of the country together - first move out of the country (AND back) - financial struggles - sickness - health - richer - ... read more
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North is the path & we’re headed up to St Augustine! We’re getting close to being out of Florida and time seems to just be going by so quickly! Today we rode 52 and my ride team was Raffi, NJ, Aiden, & Jess. I was excited to ride with Raffi and Aiden since I haven’t ridden with them yet! We packed up, had route meeting where I learned I got the silver medal ? for sweep challenge yesterday, and got rolling. It only took my .5 miles to miss a turn and get us lost ? We turned around and we’re headed up old hwy 17 in no time. I continued to lead for 20 miles of hills & heat but I wonderful ride crew. With my feet beginning to hurt around mile 20 (I get ... read more
I win for the worst bug bites on the trip!
Flager College
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North America » United States » Florida » Saint Augustine April 15th 2017

Faver Dykes State Park, St. Augustine, Florida After five or six nights at 'glamping' campgrounds, like Boyd's or KOA, we have returned to our favorite kind of campsites, State Parks. The Florida State Park system has received multiple awards for their parks, and, after staying in Collier-Seminole, and now this one, I have to say the awards are deserved. They are well maintained, and with clean restrooms. The sites are large and have both power and water. From what I've read, Faver Dykes, where we will be for a few days, is one of their Crown Jewels, so we are lucky to have reserved a site several months ago - they are full up this morning. They only have 30 sites, which is one attraction, and they are all very good size. But, importantly, they are ... read more
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The Florida Citrus Center and Souvenir World does sell Florida oranges and grapefruit. It is also a gas station and souvenir stand. It's kind of a fun rest stop along Interstate I-95 not far from historic St. Augustine. We stopped on our drive home from Port Canaveral and our Southern Caribbean cruise. The Citrus Center offers free samples of all varieties of oranges and a serving of orange juice. You can buy the citrus by weight. Inside is a gift shop are all sorts of souvenirs, like alligator or palm tree themed nail clippers. Certainly many of the souvenir offerings are Florida kitsch. But there are some interesting comestibles here. In addition to the candy, taffy, coconut patties and Tortuga rum cakes, there varieties of local hot sauces, salsa and peanuts. I tried the unique peanuts ... read more
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After a good night's sleep, we were feeling recharged and ready to explore more of Florida. Breakfast was included at this hotel, so we headed down to the small breakfast room. I have died and gone to heaven. They have biscuits and sausage gravy. I devoured one plate of them and since it was a self-service buffet, helped myself to a second plate. There was a small selection of other stuff on the buffet, but for me it was all about the biscuits and sausage gravy. Feeling full, we checked out and the reception staff gave us some great pointers on where we should stop on our drive to St. Augustine. Since we had limited time, we couldn't explore Florida in much depth, we only had three nights in total in the state and we had ... read more
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Flagler College, a National Historic Site, is ultimately the product of one visionary man … the “gazillionaire” Henry Flagler (1830-1913), who epitomized the lifestyle of the ultra rich before the advent of Income Tax. One of the world’s richest men, he played a key role in Florida’s history, and the college which now bears his name is but a small testimony to his vast influence. Almost single handedly he launched the tourist industry that brought Florida from being a sleepy quasi-backwater to its present role as one of America’s foremost tourist destinations. Since his first wife was in poor health he brought her south, where he soon realized that Saint Augustine would make an ideal vacation place for other wealthy people fed up with northern winters. Since there were no appropriate facilities, in 1885 he undertook ... read more
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where you arrive for a visit
Approaching the entrance we see a fountain representing the hilt and hand-guard of a sword protruding from a fountain with twelve frogs forming a sundial.


Whenever we stay somewhere near a waterfront we try to take a short orientation cruise, if possible, early in our visit. It was warm by Canadian standards in St Augustine in February (high 50s F / mid teens C), so we decided it was time to do so. Here are some photos from our 75-minute cruise around the harbour, more correctly known as Matanzas Bay, starting at the Municipal Marina. We had a choice of three vessels: the “Victory III” (a contemporary double-decker), the “Black Raven” (a ‘family fun pirate ship’), and the 72’ (22m) schooner “Freedom”. We decided to take the ‘Victory III”, because it offered a more stable platform for photography. Nevertheless, I found the “Freedom” particularly interesting, because its masthead was flying the ‘First Navy Jack’, a version of the American 1776 ‘Don’t ... read more
Here are our three choices; the ship in the background is the Spanish galleon.
The Black Raven 'pirate ship' offers 3 fun cruises daily for families.
Victory III - our choice




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