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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
Horseshoe crab
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
artifacts & history
the handsome husband

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
Beautiful Archetecture here!

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

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
Mexico Beach
Mexico Beach
Mexico Beach

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
interesting details
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

Saint Augustine has come a long way since the days of pirates, fortresses, and conflicts among empires: today it has much more to offer than history. A most unusual place that attracts visitors of all ages is the original Ripley’s “Believe it or Not!” Museum. It offers a truly fascinating insight into what Mankind has wrought, for better or for worse. Champion athlete, graphic artist, cartoonist, world traveler, inveterate collector and amateur archaeologist, Robert Ripley (1890-1949) was quite a man! Initially a traveling showman who went from exhibition to exhibition displaying a collection of unusual people and things, his so-called “Odditorium, he began to draw his informative cartoon series “Believe it or Not!” for newspapers during the Great Depression. He eventually had an estimated 80 million readers around the world, and for 20 years even employed ... read more
Museum entrance
Ripley info
Robert Ripley himself

Piracy has been around as long as men have gone to sea, and it still exists in one form or another around the world, in every ocean wherever valuable goods are transported in ships. Westerners tend to think mainly in terms of those who plundered and murdered around the “Spanish Main”, the treasure route from the New World to the coffers of the Spain when it was the world’s super power. We have also tended to romanticize piracy: think of Treasure Island, Peter Pan, “Jack Sparrow” and other Hollywood creations. Of course they don’t represent the true scourge that still exists today, most prominently around the horn of Africa. For centuries the Spanish would send their treasure home in convoys of up to 100 ships (sounds like Halifax NS in World War II, doesn’t it?). Numerous ... read more
Several watchtowers like this once stood near the harbour entrances, to alert the town and lthe fort of approaching pirates.
This advanced cannon with a breech that opened, once stood by a watchtower.
in early Saint Augustine

This 400-year old Spanish structure is Saint Augustine’s most famous attraction. It was built by the Spanish colonizers over a 20-year period in the late 1600s to replace nine previous wooden fortifications. It effectively protected the colony’s strategic location and inhabitants from attacks by pirates and the British. Today it is a National Monument run by the US National Parks Service (NPS). Occupying a 20 acre (8 ha) site, it is the oldest and best preserved masonry fort in the USA. Well, it’s not “masonry” in the usual sense, because it was built of coquina, a shell-rock that is soft and porous underground, but becomes hard when cut into blocks and exposed to air. Then it acts as a sort of structural shock-absorber, somewhat like tacky marshmallow, so that enemy cannon balls could only embed themselves ... read more
Castillo plaque
Note the four protruding bastions, which allowed for murderous cross-fire.
coquina explained

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