On Monday we decided to head into the town of Saint Augustine and do some sightseeing+meandering about the historic district.
First stop was Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the US. I read up a little on it, and found out that for a little while it was renamed “Fort Marion”, in honor of Francis Marion, who was one of my childhood heroes+crushes. I think the fact that I had a* crush on a (dead) historical figure was probably due to insufficient exposure to the world, not having a TV until I was 9, and being home schooled.
*Ok, not just “a”. There were more. Robert E. Lee was in my top 10 as well.
After touring the fort, we walked around the historic district, and also came across a little shop I read about on UrbanSpoon: The Hyppo. It’s a little gourmet Popsicle shop, where they made new flavors daily and use fresh, natural ingredients. I got the Pineapple Sangria, which was tasty, but after trying my dad’s Key Lime I wished I had changed my order!
Saint Augustine still has a Spanish feel to it. (Speaking of Spain, I have news!) I loved walking through the tight little streets, with flowers hanging down on either side and colorful tile work on the stucco walls.
The boys took a helicopter ride over the city, and Mark snapped this shot of the beach.
After two relaxing + sun filled days here, we headed to Fanning Springs to snorkel and swim in the freshwater springs. As always, more photos coming soon :)