We are on our way home but had to stop a few days in St Augustine before we headed inland.
What an interesting city. It is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement in the continental United States. We spent yesterday just driving around the downtown core. The downtown is certainly not set up for vehicles but it is a great place for a walk.
As we weren’t that interested in walking around, not knowing what we were looking at, we decide to take a city tour today with Red Train Tours. The driver narrated and provided a perspective on the history of the city. We were on the train for about 1½ hours. Along the route there are 24 designated stops where you can hop-on or hop-off all day long. Well, actually we purchase a 3 day pass, thinking we would take the whole tour today and go back tomorrow and jump off the tour at the locations we were interested in. The bonus here was that we were eligible for the “Life Experienced” discount.
As I said, there is a lot of history here. We learned about the settlement by the Spanish and how they killed all those that would not convert to Catholicism. How the Spaniards befriended the native Indians and how instrumental Henry Flagler was in developing the city. One of his namesakes is Flagler College, which is quite an impressive building.
After we finished the tour we were both interested in two locations to revisit, the St Augustine Distillery and the San Sebastian Winery. We were told the tours were free, bonus number one and there were taste testing during the tour, bonus number two. So we will be back on the Red Train tomorrow taking in the spirits.
After we finished the tour we travelled across the Intercostal Waterway and drove around looking at the ocean where ever we could find a beach access. Surfers and boogie boarders were out enjoying the waves.
Before we returned to our accommodations we stopped at Beaches at Vilano for something to eat. We sat out on the deck that overlooked the Tolomato River and enjoyed our meal. We both had delicious shrimp tacos with a side fries and onion rings. After a huge desert we waddled out of the restaurant and headed home.
Can’t wait until tomorrow.