On the Road Again . . St. Augustine, Florida


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Today we are going to Muse about St Augustine, Florida.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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On the Road Again

Hurricane Erika was threatening south Florida as we were preparing for another road trip.  I spent a good part of our last day moving chairs, tables, gas grill, Weber grill, sculptures, potted plants and other odds and ends into our living room to prevent them from being thrown about if the storm hit as we were away.  They were there when we got back waiting for me to reverse the process.  Fortunately Erika was a non event.

We were heading up to Charleston, South Carolina to deliver paintings to the Ellis-Nicholson Gallery.  I have a show up for the month of September.  Click here to see what I am showing.

St. Augustine

Rather than make a ten-hour day of it in the car we stopped on the way in St. Augustine, Florida.  This is the oldest city in the United States.  If you have not been there, I encourage you to visit.  It is home to many great small restaurant’s, art galleries, museums and, of course, historic buildings.

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Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

The most impressive building is Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest masonry fort in the United States.  We did not see it this year but I have been before.  It is open to tours and has it’s ghost stories.

The historic town center is laced with narrow streets and full of tourists.  This is the 450th anniversary of the city founding.

450th anniversary

450th anniversary

The city history is being celebrated with reinactors , as seen here.

catching the action

catching the action

reinactors

reinactors

military ceremony

military ceremony

As you can see, it had been a wet afternoon.

Casa Monica Hotel

Casa Monica Hotel

We stayed in the Casa Monica Hotel, which opened in 1888 and was later purchased by Henry Flagler.  It is in heart of the historic district and just down the street from what was Henry Flagler’s Ponce de León Hotel, now Flagler College.

Flagler College

Flagler College

This is near the waterfront and the city park.

central park

central park

 Ponce de Leon

Ponce de Leon

Some scholars believe that Ponce de León landed at what later became St. Augustine.  His statue occupies a prominent space in the waterfront park.

Just So You Know

Just so you know

Just so you know

Tourists

St. Augustine was buzzing with activity, tours and tourists.

 lots of tourists

lots of tourists

 tourist tours

historic tours

carriage ride

carriage ride

But it also has quiet get away places, quiet narrow streets.

quiet back streets

quiet back streets

And there are welcoming side-walk bistros and cafes.

 Street side cafe

Street side cafe

We enjoyed the ambiance greatly.  The food . . not so much.

St Augustine is fun and interesting.  You should go.

More to come

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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