Thursday, July 24, 2008

Vacation Recap ~ St Augustine ~ Part 1

We spent last week in St. Augustine for our summer vacation. St Augustine is the nations oldest city. It truly is a very beautiful city to visit. Such beautiful architecture and so much history!!

This is our second time vacationing here and we still didn't do everything that we wanted too.

We arrived late in the evening. After checking into our hotel and getting unpacked, we headed out to drive around the city. We spend about and hour driving around plotting what we were going to do during the week. We then headed back to the hotel to eat dinner and relax.

One of the things we did while we were there was ride the sightseeing train tour. This trolley took us all over town stopping at over 21 different places to get off and on. All the while with the trolley driver narrating the history of St. Augustine.

We also spent some time walking the old streets of the city. We stopped at the beautiful Grace Methodist Church. This old church was built in 1887.

Here is Ken, Gavin, and Danyelle sitting in front of the city gates.

These gates opened in1793 and were the only access into St. Augustine. They closed at sundown and were not opened again until sunrise. They are made entirely out of coquina shells and sand. Pretty neat to touch. Gavin loved the idea that "real" pirates built the gates. He was so excited to touch them!

This is Gavin and I sitting in front of the Castillo De San Marcos:

We had a good time walking down St. George street. Gavin and Katelyn got the picture in front of a huge old anchor and then Ken and Gavin posed in front of an old mill wheel.

We also spend quite a lot of time in the center of town in the "old market". We all had to have some time around all the old cannons.

I guess that's enough for now. Part 2 of vacation recap coming soon!

Have a great weekend!


Happy2bme said...

Awe what a happy family!!!

Nice that it was overcast and not a sun scorching sunny day.

Shan said...

Looks like a great holiday!

Donna said...

Great pictures!

I am glad you all had fun, thanks for sharing with us.

Andrea said...

That looks like fun! I love that picture of Gavin sitting on the canon! ;)

Heidi said...

Looks awesome. I love historic towns. My favorite so far is Charleston, SC.

Lisa said...

I have never been to St. Augustine. I hope to visit it before we move away from Florida next year. It looks like you all had a wonderful time.

Colleen said...

Great pics - looks like you had a wonderful time!

Colleen said...

Oh, and I have an award for you on my blog (ok, let me finish the post, but it'll be up shortly).