May 6th: Saint Augustine

2013-05-06#1It was only about 20-miles up to Saint Augustine. We picked up a mooring ball, and spent the afternoon walking around town. Since this is the oldest continually inhabited town in the U.S., the place is loaded with history and many many really old buildings, at least for America. Afraid we wore out poor little Annie, but she certainly enjoyed it.

Saint Augustine was founded by the Spanish in 1565. Spain held the area for 200-years. Then English took over after the French and Indian War. Then Spanish again by a treaty. Then U.S. by a treaty. Then Confederate by the Civil War, and finally U.S. again. Enough to make one dizzy.

The attached picture is a portion of Flagler College, which is right in the old part of town. Originally, it was the Ponce DeLeon Hotel. The first of Henry Flagler’s distinctive establishments as he went on to run his Florida East Coast Railway all the way down to Key West.

Saint Augustine is very much of a tourist town. But, it is an attraction for its history. There also seemed to be an endless number of interesting restaurants, with a good number of English Pubs, primarily due to the town’s English heritage. But, alas, we stopped and snacked too many times at various little places – ice cream, caramel corn, etc. – to be very hungry for a big meal. So, it was back to the boat and a few leftovers was all we needed. Poor planning. We must do better tomorrow.

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