Apr 14, 2008

Beach Weekend

My best friend, who is a first grade teacher and her 15 yr old daughter had their Spring Break plans change at the last minute, so we decided to go to St. Augustine for the weekend. Its only about an hour or so from where we live and its a pretty ride. I left work early Friday and we arrived at our hotel, which was on Anastaia Island by 3:00. The weather was fantastic! We checked in and were poolside within minutes! We spent Friday afternoon at the beach and the pool just relaxing. That evening we went over the Bridge of Lions, which takes you from the island to historic downtown St. Augustine for a wonderful seafood dinner.

After dinner we took a Ghost Tour by horse-drawn carriage thru town. Because the city is the oldest in the nation and there were many bloody battles fought, there are alot of stories of people who lived and died there and it is said that many spirits remain.

The carriage ride starts right at dark and the city looks so beautiful with all its lights. During the tour, the guides tell you all about some of the old buildings and stories about who used to live there. Some of the cobblestone streets are so narrow and the buildings are so old, you could swear you've gone back in time.

There are so many things to see in St. Augustine and things to learn. You learn that Hentry Flagler, who not only is the county named for, but also the private college that sits right on the water, built the historic Presbyterian Church in memory of his daughter in 1890.
Every time I go to St. Augustine, I fall in love with it all over again. So many historic sites to see, not to mention the specialty shoppes in Old Towne.

We got up early our last day there and went to the beach to watch the sunrise. Then it was off to the pool for some more swimming and tanning. We had a great time and laughed alot and ate wonderful seafood. St. Augustine is one of Florida's best places to visit with so many things to do, you can't help but want to go back again.

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