St. Augustine, Florida

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We headed out to the historic town of St Augustine near Jacksonville. For people having interests in its history, St Augustine is the oldest city and port of continental United States, established by the Spanish colonists.

It was a 2 hour drive from our place, but it took us much longer since we stopped by on the road twice, besides beautiful lakes. We headed to the Visitor Information Center and the people there were really helpful in guiding us.

We started off with the Castillo de San Marcos, which is a castle by the sea, built by the Spanish. They had this enactment of the firing of the cannons by some volunteers and it was simply awesome.
One of our stops on the way to St Augustine
The entire enactment took 30-40 mins. The detailing with which it was executed was excellent!!

Then, due to the pressure of a couple of us who wanted to buy god wine, we headed to the San Sebastian Winery.
They have a wine tasting session every hour or so, and none of us had done it before. So we thought we could give it a try and it was fun!!

Now the signals sent by our stomachs to our brains were getting stronger and  stronger...We had breakfast early morning and it was almost 4, and then we voted to head to the nearest eatout...Aaah that was so fulfilling!!

We then headed to the beach and we made it almost on sunset. The view there was awesome. It was too chilly (Yes, Florida can get cold sometimes. It was below 32 when we returned home that night) and all of us thought it was a good idea to stay out of the water.


Later, we headed to the Lighthouse, which is supposed to be haunted. Its one of the main attractions of St Augustine. We reached there at 7 and the entry was closed by then.
Besides on of the lakes on our way to St Augustine
(6.30 is their close time, we were told)

We couldnt go to the Ripleys Museum too...Late for that too!! Once late, always late!!

But we didnt loose hope. There was the Ghost Ride thing that the Visitor Information people had told about. We thought why not give it a try. The tour guide was a lady in a costume that is supposed to make her look scary. She had put on tonnes of make-up to get that "ghost" look!!
She took us through all the haunted places in the town and told us stories behind them. I must mention here it got a bit scary at one point, though none of us admitted it then due to our pride. Pretty good experience!!

It was almost midnight when we finished our dinner and then drove back to Gainesville.
We wish we had an extra day to see all the places we couldnt see..:(

Never mind...There's always a next time!!

P.S. Highly Recommended for all who visit the Sunshine State!!
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Besides on of the lakes on our way…
Besides on of the lakes on our wa…
St Augustine!!
St Augustine!!
Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos
The Enactment
The Enactment
The Enactment-I
The Enactment-I
The Enactment-II
The Enactment-II
The Enactment-III
The Enactment-III
The Enactment-IV
The Enactment-IV
The Enactment-V
The Enactment-V
Inside the San Sebastian Winery
Inside the San Sebastian Winery
The Beach
The Beach
The haunted lighthouse
The haunted lighthouse
Tickets to the museum are sold in …
Tickets to the museum are sold in…
Our scary-looking ghost tour guide
Our scary-looking ghost tour guide
The town looks deserted at night
The town looks deserted at night
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