Oct 04, 2007
Feb 03, 2008
The hotel had been recommended to us but unfortunately it was rather full so we had the choice of "the smallest room in the hotel" in which we thought either our luggage or us could fit, or a two storied suite on the 4th and 5th floors, in one of the towers. Our bedroom is on the 5th floor with the living room on the 4th. There is another bedroom on the 4th as well as a large walk in closet, bathroom and a small kitchen.
After checking in we explored. It was very hot and, of course, humid but we walked down the mall, St George Street and visited the Colonial Spanish quarter. Here were some people dressed in costume enacting the professions of 18th Century people. The blacksmith was even making nails for a group of school children from Orlando. Our favourite character was the church scribe who drew a card for us, using a quill pen and ink, both of which he prepared.
He is a retired History (and something else we forget) professor and we enjoyed talking with him. In his character he was scathing of the English and their greedy ways.
We then explored the Castillo de San Marco, the fort built by the Spanish after those dastardly English had attached the settlement again.
This morning was an easy drive to St Augustine. This town was first settled by the Spanish in 1565, making it the "oldest continually occupied European settlement in North America". It's a lovely town. We settled into a hotel in the centre of town.