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On This Day in 2007 – St. Augustine, FL (Part 2 of 4)

The date was March 4, 2007.  On that day we were on vacation in St. Augustine, FL.

We got an early start to the day, awakening at 6:00 AM.  We got our showers and ate a continental-style breakfast at the hotel.  We spent the day sightseeing, mainly on foot.  We left our hotel at 8:00 AM and walked a few blocks to the Old City Gates.

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Old City Gates

These city gates used to be the only entrance to the enclosed city.  While we were taking pictures of the city gates a hawk flew in and stole a bird out of one of the holes of the gates.  You should have heard the racket that the blue jays made when that happened!

We walked through the city gates to St. George Street, a pedestrian-only roadway.

StAugustine200703_011St. George Street

There was hardly anyone on St. George Street at that time of the morning. While on St. George Street we saw the oldest wooden school house; we walked by the Colonial Spanish Quarter; and we walked by a lot of gift shops, cafes, and restaurants.  Everything was closed, except for a couple cafes that were open for breakfast.

StAugustine200703_063Oldest Wooden School House

StAugustine200703_019St. George Street

We stayed on St. George Street until we reached Cathedral Place.

StAugustine200703_184Cathedral Place

We walked down Cathedral Place towards Matanzas Bay.  There is a small park between Cathedral Place and King Street in which we saw a statue of Ponce de Leon.

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Statue of Ponce de Leon

After photographing the statue, we continued our walk along Avenida Mendendez, which is right alongside the bay.  We enjoyed the picturesque views across the bay to Anastasia Island, where the St. Augustine Lighthouse is located.

StAugustine200703_033Matanzas Bay

We turned up St. Francis Street, where we saw the González-Alvarez House, also known as The Oldest House.

StAugustine200703_037The Oldest House on St. Francis Street

We passed the entrance to Old St. Augustine Village (Nine historic houses spanning 1790-1910 with gardens and courtyards).  The village was closed; however, we were able to peek over the fence to get a glimpse of the village.

StAugustine200703_045Old Augustine Village

The village wouldn’t open for another couple hours, so we continued our walk.

We walked past Flagler College and the Memorial Presbyterian Church.

StAugustine200703_048Flagler College

StAugustine200703_058the Memorial Presbyterian Church

The entire historical area (St. George Street, St. Francis Street, Cathedral Place, etc.) is beautiful; however, I was most impressed with the architecture in and around Flagler College.

We returned to St. George Street.

StAugustine200703_061St. George Street

What a difference a couple hours makes.  The street was FULL of people.  We stopped for a mid-morning break at a cafe.  It was nice to sit and relax after walking about town for two hours.  After finishing our snack we walked back through the city gates and crossed either Castillo Drive or San Marco Avenue to the Castillo de San Marcos.

StAugustine200703_070Town Wall and Castillo de San Marcos

We arrived at the Castillo at a good time, as we were able to watch a musket firing and cannon demonstration.

StAugustine200703_083Musket Firing Demonstration at Castillo de San Marcos

StAugustine200703_090Cannon Firing Demonstration at Castillo de San Marcos

After the demonstration, we paid our $6.00 each and walked inside the Castillo.  We walked all around the fortress and took in a few of its exhibits.  We enjoyed the view of the city from the top of the fortress as well as the views of Matanzas Bay.

StAugustine200703_091Bob at entrance to Castillo

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StAugustine200703_072the view of the city from the the Castillo
(Note the Old City Gates at far right of photograph)

StAugustine200703_097Bob and I on the upper deck of the Castillo

StAugustine200703_099Belltower, with view across Matanzas Bay

StAugustine200703_100Castillo de San Marcos

After touring the Castillo  we walked back to our hotel.  After  a couple hours rest we drove to Anastasia Island.  We ate a late lunch at McKnight’s Irish Pub.  That was an interesting place.  Bob ordered buffalo chicken dip.  We both expected that Bob’s meal would be chicken with a sauce in which to dip the chicken.  Instead Bob’s meal was buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips.  The dip did have little bits of chicken in it.  Bob was disappointed with his meal.  I liked my meal, though.  I ordered a chicken salad sandwich with chips.  We shared dessert .. apple crisp with caramel & ice cream.  Dessert was very good.  While eating we watched several short films (10-15 min in length).  I have to laugh because McKnight’s advertises itself as a dinner theater.  The “theater” was the short films.  After lunch we drove to St. Augustine Lighthouse.

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St. Augustine Lighthouse

We didn’t tour the lighthouse. The ticket price seemed a bit steep — $8.00 each.  We would spend a  small fortune if we paid admission fees for every historical building or place of interest in St. Augustine.  If we return one day to St. Augustine, I will have to research the availability (and cost) of one ticket that provides admission to many different places of interest.   After seeing the lighthouse we drove to St. Johns County Pier, located at the north end of St. Augustine Beach, where we enjoyed views of the Atlantic Ocean.

StAugustine200703_106St. Johns County Pier

StAugustine200703_107We enjoyed watching the girls feed seagulls,
while at St. Johns County Pier.

At 5:45 PM we were back in our hotel, where we stayed for rest of the evening.

 

3 Responses to “On This Day in 2007 – St. Augustine, FL (Part 2 of 4)”

  1. DeniseinVA

    Loved the photos from St. Augustine’s Linda. I’ve never been there but I can see it is a wonderful place to look around.

    Reply

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