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#Blogtober Day 7: The Oldest City

Top: The view of St. Augustine Lighthouse from Castillo de San Marcos.
Bottom: View of Castillo de San Marcos from the top of St. Augustine Lighthouse.
Okay, I'm cheating a little bit- I originally posted this on Sunday, without realizing that Day 7 of #Blogtober is "Best/Worst Vacation."  So I'm reposting for it, since I actually had another post on Sunday, and I don't really feel like this got the attention it deserves!  Really this couldn't come at a better time, as I'd pull my hair out if I had to try to upload anymore pictures at the momen!!

Last weekend, Scott and I took a rare trip without the bears for our one year anniversary.  We had been trying to plan this trip for quite some time, but kept bouncing between literally 7 different options.  Finally about 2 weeks before, we decided to stay local-ish and take a trip to St. Augustine since neither of us had been.

I had done some research.  He had done some research.  Nothing prepared us for what was actually there.  We planned to be there half of Saturday and return early evening on Monday, so that gave us one full day of exploration.

Saturday turned into mostly travel, and recuperating from the trip.*  We did try the Sunset Grille on Anastasia Island for dinner that turned out to be the most amazing food ever.  I had some Fish and Chips, and Scott was able to order the Chicken Parmesan that he was craving.  The portions were HUGE, and we hardly had enough room for the Mozzarella Sticks that we ordered.  The meal was less than $50, and that was including our alcoholic beverages. 

Sunday we got up bright and early to make our first stop: the Castillo de San Marcos, a National Monument.  This is where you realize what big dorks we are.  We spent two hours, if not more, running around the fort and reading just about everything.**  It takes a lot about Scott to be excited about things, but forts are his favorite.  Add the cannon demonstration and he was in heaven.  We also managed to get a little Christmas shopping done while we were there.
If you look closely at this picture (you can click it!)
You can see the lady on the left taking a picture of her husband with her phone.
I don't think that was around during colonial St. Augustine.

That afternoon, we headed over to Anastasia Island again to tour the lighthouse.  Being from Maine, I've seen my fair share of lighthouses throughout the years.  In fact, I'm pretty sure this is the 3rd or 4th one we've been to this year.  However, this is the first one we could actually walk up to top.  It has 219 steps and is 165 feet in the air, so you have an amazing 360 degree view of Anastasia and Historic St. Augustine. While over on the island we also checked out Anastasia State Park and got to see the quarry where the builders of San Marcos excavated coquina from to construct the fort.
Any idea how hard it is to get a full length photo of a light house?

Overall, it was a great experience.  We missed a lot of attractions due to time constraints, but we will be going back for a day trip.  The original Ripley's Believe It or Not is on the list, so is Fort Mose.  I recommend for visiting any touristy area, to look through the coupon books and flyers at your hotel.  We saved about $15 and got a free t-shirt thanks to those things, and that was only in a 24 hour period!

*While St. Augustine is only a couple hours from where we live, we had to drive 5 hours to central Florida to drop the bears off, then another couple hours north again to St. Augustine.
**Scott refers to me as his own personal Siri.  If I didn't read something out loud, he would ask me to.  At one point an older lady was reading the info to her husband when we came up, and I had to re-read the same thing to mine once they got done.  Someone's spoiled.  He also tried to argue with me on things that were written on the info boards but he didn't read.

The view through one of the towers of the Castillo. You can see that it is made out of coquina.
The Daily Tay


  1. wow! these pictures are so cool! I would love to go to St. Augustine!

  2. It really has more to it than I would have ever imagined! Next visit, we're planning to go while one of the Spanish Galeon replica ships are in so we can tour that. (We're really history nerds in disguise!)


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