St. Augustine, the Oldest City

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Helping others is like helping yourself."                     
            -Henry Morrison Flagler

Our road scholar program is now about half done. We were on the road a bit earlier to St. Augustine, this time.  First stop: The Oldest House.  Our docent was quite good but we had "been there, done that" so this tour was not going to be a highlight of the day. 

Next we went to the Lightner Museum, another place John and I had visited in the past.

The third stop was Memorial Presbyterian Church, where we had lunch in the Fellowship Hall.  There was a brief tour of the sanctuary after lunch.  It is quite a beautiful church, commissioned by Henry Flagler to memorialize his young daughter who died. I was especially impressed with the stained glass windows where the Apostles' Creed is illustrated.

Some free time followed so participants could explore on their own. We wandered down St. George Street and eventually found our way to The Gifted Cork, our favorite wine store. As soon as I walked in, the young sales woman knew I had been there before.  Why?  Because I was wearing my embellished "Well Red" Tshirt.  We did a wine tasting and ended up dropping some money even though we bought no wine---a hat for John and a cute magnet and cocktail napkins for me.

We finished our time in St. Augustine with a tour of Flagler College.  Angela, a vivacious junior coed, showed us around the main building, also commissioned by Flagler as the Ponce de Leon Hotel.  The dining hall is very impressive with numerous Tiffany windows and murals by a well-known painter. (So well-known I cannot recall his name!)  Another magnificent building, thanks to Henry F.!


We returned to the center with little time to spare before dinner---enough time to pour wine!  Dinner was very tasty---chicken Florentine with bread pudding for dessert. Many of us participants agreed that the food had been wonderful this week! 

After dinner, another movie night, this time "Cross Creek."  We had been warned by our guide at Cross Creek that the film was not very true to the book. Boy, was that the truth! There was little from the book other than the title and some main characters. Once I decided to just let it stand on its own, I enjoyed it pretty much. Won't need to see it again, however!
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