St. Augustine Day 2
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March 6th, 2010 – by: not_kate
One of my requirements was to see the lighthouse so that was our first stop on our way into the city. With a coupon provided by the hotel it cost about $8 to get in. My sister-in-law Paula and I were the only two from our group who decided that we wanted to climb it so Fran, Lora, and the baby stayed on the ground because they've already seen it (not the baby, she's not even 2 yet.) They say the lighthouse is haunted (it's even been featured on that show Ghost Hunters) but at 10am it didn't look too scary. The views from the top were incredible.
The light keeper's house is included in your admission and is pretty interesting if you have the attention span to read through the enormous amount of information and the ability to remain standing after your recent climb. For non-history loving people like Paula, this part wasn't as interesting. For an ancient-history major as myself, this was one of the best parts especially since there is information about the Nazi invasion of Florida there (a topic I wrote a paper on for a Florida History class.)
Next we drove to downtown and paid $9 to park in a lot in between Flagler college and the Basilica.
After the tour around town we decided to get back off at stop fourteen to walk down the main street.
Once again, Paula and I were the only ones who walked around to see the fort while Fran my MIL and Lora and the baby sat on a bench. The fort isn't that big and Paula didn't care to read all the information so we ended up splitting. I walked out of the barracks just in time to see the Spanish troop re-enactors march down from the top of the fort and around the courtyard to their "camp". Since everyone was getting a little antsy, (Paula joined the others on the bench), I decided that it was probably time to head out. And we did, just in time to be hit on by one of the re-enactors who said he wanted to show me his barracks. It was a good confidence booster at the end of that tour.
By that time it was getting really cold and windy along the water (the high for that day was 57 and it was probably around 3:00pm) so we walked back into town and found a "Coffee Bar" yet they didn't sell coffee.
After another few hours or so of wandering around the same streets and seeing the same shops we found a cool barber shop quartet who did an amazing rendition of Duke of Earl.
As hunger pains started to set in we went in search of a place to eat. Not being able to agree we decided to go back to The Columbia. In a great twist of fate there was an hour long wait, we were given one of the buzzers and told it will reach two blocks so we started to wander around and stumbled upon "Casa Maya". It's this great place with Mayan food (I already wrote a review about it so look there to read that.) No sooner than we got seated and ordered a large pitcher of sangria (do you see a trend for this family) our buzzer began to go off.
After dinner we walked back to the car and along the way picked up some fudge.
Sunday (day 3) was un-eventful. We woke up and drove home. All in all, St. Augustine is a great town and I'd love to visit again, maybe when it isn't so cold and when we have more time to explore. One full day just isn't enough.
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