Seashells & remedies

Trip Start Mar 23, 2009
Trip End Jul 23, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Florida
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

St Augustine

 Boy it's warm today, bit of a change after NH temperatures - just keep drinking the water and we should be OK. Didn't really know a great deal about the city before we came but we were impressed with its history and behind the touristy influences there were some really interesting parts. It is the oldest continuously occupied European and African-established city, and the oldest port, in the continental United States.The 17th century fort, Castillo de San Marcos stands right on the shore; it is the largest and most complete Spanish fort in the US. It was built from coquina, a sedimentary rock (seashells and corals) that could withstand a canon ball, which probably explains why most of it is still there!  


Standing behind this is the Spanish Quarter, small streets with buildings that now house gift shops etc, but which have stood there for centuries. Walls seemingly made from shells protect hidden courtyards and shady lanes, it was lovely just wandering around looking at all these.


Of course we were not alone; our previous travels have all been in the winter months so we have been spoilt with quiet locations and almost isolated spots. We will have to get used to more people!


We did venture into some of the shops, this one in particular was very interesting the nations oldest drug store... filled with various "potions & remedies" and such, in fact we bought some delicious tea - with hibiscus blossom, raisin, elderberries, strawberry and raspberry. take a look at their web site - amongst others they sell 'gummy bear tea'! And all sorts of other 'interesting' products!



We also paused outside the 'Oldest Wooden School house' that dates from the mid 1700's quite appropriate really I suppose.

The Cathedral was striking on the outside and beautiful on the inside, the back streets were equally fascinating - wandering like this is what we often do!


We found a shady spot in the garden of a restaurant and enjoyed a late lunch, whilst the rest of us were fairly traditional, Malc had alligator - what else would we expect?
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