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We had a great day touring St. Augustine, the oldest European city in the United States. We took the trolley around and really enjoyed seeing this beautiful city. Yesterday it rained all day but today was clear if a little cool.
Never knew that the history of United States really started here. This colony started before Jamestown. Ponce de Leon was not looking for the Fountain of Youth, he was looking for gold for the King of Spain.
We started the day by touring Castillo de San Marco for three hours. It was simply awesome not feeling hurried. Castillo de San Marco has a fascinating history as the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S. For starters, it was the tenth fort of St. Augustine. The first nine were built of wood and were either eaten by termites, rotted by humidity, or burned by natives and pirates/privateers (namely Sir Francis Drake). Finally, with ...
... 1565, making it the older by 2-3 generations. A few pictures from day 1 follow.
A note about photo 4 "Alhambra Jr." : Franklin Smith, a wealthy Bostonian, moved his lovely socialite wife to sleepy little St. Augustine in 1883 and set about building his fantasy dream house. His amazing "Zorayda Castle" was the first building in the United States made by the new technology of poured concrete. It was modeled after the Alhambra in Grenada, albeit 1/10 the ...
... America freezes quietly. Temps here dropped into the 40s (F) about 5C, which is tollerable as long as you have socks and shoes, and are wearing three layers of man made petroleum based gear. Reservatrions were not necessary as all of Florida stayed home and shiverred. We were forced on day 2 and 3 in St. Augustine to retire from the patio of the Tini Martini and sup our pre diner bevvies indoors. Three nice meals out at the A1A, ...
... filled the starboard hull with a foot of water!!! Oh no!! To make things worse, the mechanics were not able to fix the boat without ordering parts and we needed the starboard engine to get us off the dock given the wind direction. The sea trial was off. We then continued to find issues that we hadn't seen initially. I took a "walk" to consult with the surveyor, who, by now I had really come to ...
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