On our last night in St. Augustine, we took a sunset cruise on a schooner. It was such a peaceful, quiet, relaxing time out on the water.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
We had another great day in St. Augustine. We started off at the Castillo de San Marcos which was a fort protecting St. Augustine from 1695 through the end of WWII. At one time or another though out the history of the fort, it was occupied by Spain, France, Britain and the US.
We went to the Cathedral Basilica and then to the statue of Ponce de Leon.
We ate lunch at Columbia and our meals were Spanish foods…not sure what is was but it was very good.
Later in the day, we drove Anastasia Island where we went to the lighthouse…
There were 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse…luckily there several landings along the way!
We then drove to the beach…
Another great day! Did you notice any photo bombing?
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Flagler College.
The college is liberal-arts school that began in 1968 as a all-women's school and then became co-ed in 1971 and became accredited in 1973. It was named for Henry Flagler who had built the original building as the Ponce de Leon Hotel.
Flagler was an industrialist who, along with John D. Rockefeller, founded Standard Oil. The hotel was built in 18 months with crews of men working around the clock. Since the hotel catered to the wealthy from the north, it was only open 5 months out of the year. Money was no concern when building the hotel and there are Tiffany windows throughout, beautiful works of art in every room, marble and onyx statues, and if something looks gold, it is golf-leaf.
Later, we took a stroll in Old Town and had some ice cream for dessert.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
As we sat on the balcony of the B&B where we are staying, this is part of the view that we had.
After a wonderful breakfast, we were ready to head out to see Saint Augustine.
We began by riding on the trolley and learning so much from the driver. We stopped at several sites…the Presbyterian Church that Henry Flagler had built as a memorial to his daughter who had died. The magnificent structure was built in less than a year!
This is just one of the entrances to the church. There is a mosaic floor and hand carved pews from mahogany. There is also a mausoleum where Mr. Flagler, his 1st wife and his daughter are buried.
Here is Mike being photographer!
More to come in the morning!
Monday, April 22, 2013
Last night we went to the Aggie Muster in Atlanta and had a great time meeting new friends…old and young.
We did stop at the Florida welcome center and had some orange juice.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
T and his best friend played soccer against each other this morning. Boys were being boys and it was hard for me to get a good picture on my phone!
This afternoon we were outside and heard a helicopter near by so we hopped in the car to go see it. The guy was sitting on a platform outside the chopper working on high-voltage wire. Wow!He was good but the pilot was even better!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Spring is all and well in East Tennessee but rain and cooler temps are on their way!