Wherever the Road Leads

St. Augustine

Heat, humidity, woolen clothes and tin hats.

 

I finally got around to doing the tourist thing in St. Augustine. Going on a week-day cuts down on the crowds. The Old Fort is very well preserved and has a fabulous modern-day bonus: it’s free to tour.

Most interesting how it was designed and constructed and defended. However, in 95ยบ heat and nearly 100% humidity, I simply can’t imagine being a soldier back in those days. Uniforms were made of wool. There was no air conditioning, nor was there insect repellant. I think I may have chosen Option ‘B’, the Penal Colony in Australia.

The Old City is well-preserved and turned into a replica of all the little tourist shops in Niagara Falls, Gatlinburg and The Sparks Street Mall.

No one in St. Augustine is from St. Augustine. They’re all from new York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. I bought a couple of post cards as souvenirs. The cashier sounded like she was either from the Bronx, or was a cast member in The Real Housewives of New Joysey.

Here’s the 8 x 10’s….

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The oldest wooden schoolhouse in America……

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The moat…..

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This cot was for four soldiers, two in the lower bunk and two in the upper. Their muskets were stored at the bottom of the bed, presumably with their woolen uniforms and tin hats.

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Two Bed and Breakfasts in the Old City area, which would be very scenic. And humid.

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The Hilton, a different look for a Hilton property.

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Town Square in the Old City…

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The tourist strip of chocolate and t-shirt shops.

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The picture at the VERY top? As close as most will come to seeing my tattoo.

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  1. elayne  August 25, 2014

    hmmm re: your last comment , I guess a Leo is a Leo is a Leo or is that a white Lion? . Thank you for the beautiful pictures Gordon and for sharing your travels with us again. et

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  2. Alistair Mair  August 25, 2014

    Great do see you spending some R and R time. Makes all the travelling worth it.

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