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St. Augustine

Posted by on April 29, 2012
We had especially been looking forward to our visit to St. Augustine, Fl.

Founded by the Spanish in 1565, it is the oldest settlement in North America, and retains a distinct old-world European flavour. Some of its attractions include the Castillo de San Marcos, a fort built by the Spanish as a stronghold for their North American empire in the late 1500’s, and the former Ponce de Leon and Alcazar hotels, built by Standard Oil tycoon Henry Flagler in the late 1800’s. There are also cobbled streets with many heritage buildings dating from as early as 1703, when the town was burned to the ground by the British after an unsuccessful siege of the Castillo.

We were fortunate to get a mooring buoy close to the Bridge of Lions and just off the waterfront promenade, which allowed us privacy while enjoying the ambiance of the city. We had further good luck when it turned out that the sailing vessel Bounty (a replica of a square rigger built for the 1962 movie ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’) would be visiting and docked at our marina during our stay.

We hope you enjoy the pictures of this great little place.

His Idea moored in St. Augustine.

 

St. Augustine waterfront promenade.

 

The Castillo is located just north of the old town.

 

An 18th century mortar at the Castillo.

 

The former Alcazar hotel now houses a museum and .....city council chambers.

 

A grand entrance to a grand hotel.

 

 

The former Ponce de Leon hotel is now Flagler College.

 

Old town St. Augustine street scene.

 

Bounty approaching the Bridge of Lions just prior to docking.

Next stop, Fernandina Beach.

 

 

 

One Response to St. Augustine

  1. Janice

    It all looks & sounds great John & Ria. The pics are wonderful and it sounds like for the most part so far so good. And the weather looks beautiful most of the time – can’t say the same here, dreary rain and no more Canucks to watch…. Have lots of fun!

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