Monday, January 17, 2011

A Visit to St. Augustine, Florida


While visiting my grandparents in Florida, we took a trip to St. Augustine, the oldest city established in the USA (1565). The city is located north of Daytona beach on the coastline. The weather was fairly cold the first day (in the mid 40's) and the following day it went up to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. We went on a tour that lasted about an hour that takes you through the historic area, we visited the St. Augustine Lighthouse located across the bridge and we saw such famous attractions as the Fountain of Youth, the oldest house, the oldest school house and Hotel Ponce de Leon, which is now Flagler College. We even saw a 600 year old live oak tree! We stayed at the Casa Monica Hotel for one night. For your first trip, I would reccomend staying two nights.

We ate at the Floridian, an organic and vegan/vegetarian-friendly restaurant on Cordova Street across from the college. There are many local restaurants that are fantastic! We also shopped at a Cat lover's store, a chocolate shop and spice shop. This is also a great place to bring children or simply tour with a loved one, family or friends.

Below are a sample of pictures from our trip! I look forward to reading your comments.

side view of Casa Monica hotel

St. Augustine Lighthouse

Views from the Lighthouse


My grandma's entree, shrimp and polenta

The Floridian Restaurant

My Cookies and Cream Vegan Cupcake, absolutely yummy!

Lightner Museum

Casa Monica Hotel, where we stayed

Bottom half was originally Spanish, upper half was English construction later on

Flagler College

Flagler College courtyard

Flagler College Gift Shop

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