Strolling St. George Street
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This morning I woke up and on a whim I decided to make the short trip southward to St. Augustine, Florida. St. Augustine is the nation's oldest city. It was founded by the Spanish in 1565 by Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Twenty years olate Sir Francis Drake led an attack on the colony and burned down a majority of St. Augustine. As a result of the Treaty of Paris which ended the French and Indian War, the British gained control of St. Augustine and the rest of Florida, however the historic district of St. Augustine mostly reflects it's Spanish past.
The first of the Spanish remnants that I visited was Castillo de San Marcos, a masonry star fort made of coquina. The fort came complete with a draw bridge, moat, high walls and over 70 cannons.
Before going into any of the rooms off of the court yard I climbed the stairs to the top of the fort to get panoramic views of the river. The views were absolutely incredible! There were several period cannons on display as well as some cannon balls. Downstairs I went into each of the rooms, most of which were empty. Some of the rooms open to visitors include the chapel, storage rooms and many other unidentified rooms. Eastern corner you will find two small rooms that were once used as bathrooms, luckily for us modern day plumbing has been installed and visitors don't have to pee in a hole.
Another cool room was off located just off of yet another empty, windowless coquina constructed room. There was a knee high doorway in which you had to crawl through to access the room. This is where the gun powder was stored. It was really humid in the room but it was a safe place to keep the powder from getting wet.
After I left the fort I strolled down St.
Next I checked out the work of local artisans at a square at the end of St. George Street just across from the cathedral.
After leaving the museum I started heading back to my car. I decided to take the less populated road that parallel's St. George Street. I stopped by an old cemetary on the way. I packed in the parking garage at the visitor's center. The cost was $1.25 an hour and it included security, or you can find parking a little closer to the action for $5 a day. Depending on how long you spend here depends on which option would be better for you. Either way you're not far from anything.
Admission to Castillo de San Marco- $6
Admission to Lightner Museum- $2