St. Augustine, Florida   Leave a comment

Day 26-27

You just never know what you are going to see on the road. Below is a truck. Look closely just above the fuel tank. It says “Cat Food.”

St. Augustine, the oldest city in the USA. Mission Nombre de Dios is where the first Spanish Catholic Mass was conducted in 1565 by Father Lopez, whose statue still marks the spot. President John F. Kennedy said that this site was the most sacred acre for Catholics in the United States., President Kennedy

The grounds are very beautiful gardens along the water. It’s so relaxing to walk around or sit and enjoy the view. As you can see, Bill is relaxing.

The oldest street, Aviles Street

Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the United States. Construction began in 1672 by the Spanish when Florida was a Spanish territory. It was under the British from 1763 until 1784. In 1784 it went back to the Spanish when Spain reclaimed Florida. Florida was not given to the US until 1819.

The original entrance into St. Augustine

The oldest house in the USA

The oldest wood school house in the USA

Fountain of Youth

I can tell you the water is NOT refreshing….

The old Flagler hotel, which is now a college.

Flagler & Lightner Museum. It was once Flagler’s hotel. Below left was the lobby.

Flagler built the first hotel to bring in tourism. When a hotel was built across the street from his hotel, the furniture that was to arrive on the train, which was owned by Flagler, disappeared… It was not on the train! Hmmmmmmm so here was a hotel on opening day with no furniture. It didn’t take long before he sold to Flagler at pennies on the dollar.

Below, now a ballroom, was once an indoor swimming pool, complete with deep end.

It’s difficult to tell in the photo how the floor graduates to where the deep end once was. The tables are at the deep end.

Bill liked the grandfather clock which was hand carved wood.

And it still works! Look how tall it is.

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