Friday, November 28, 2014

St. Augustine for Thanksgiving? Yes Please!

Last week we were looking for a good place to stop for a few days and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We decided on St. Augustine, Florida, just 250 miles north of our destination for the Month of December. This area sounded perfect for its beaches, history and weather.  

The first two days we were here it poured but on the day before Thanksgiving the weather changed and it has been gorgeous. It is a bit cold for beach weather but it is sunny and beautiful. 

Rhett's Piano Bar
Thanksgiving morning we decided to poke around Old St. Augustine which was founded in 1565 and is the oldest city in the nation. 

We parked in a lot and strolled around the old part of the city.  

There were many beautiful courtyards filled with tropical plants and running fountains. I love the touches of red in this courtyard. 
Restaurant Courtyard and Fountain
The oldest wooden school in the nation is located in this area as well.  

There was one lush, tropical courtyard after another. This fountain caught my eye because the sun was shining down on it.  

There were some beautiful churches in the area as well.  
Grace Methodist Church

Cathedral Basilica 

Plasa de la Constitutucion, the park across from the Basilica is home to an outdoor market said to be where slaves were bought and sold prior to the Civil War. 
There are also many war monuments in the park including this one for the Civil War.

This place caught our eye but sadly it was closed.  

We did spend a few moments at Crucial Coffee. 
We finished off the day with a visit to the Anastasia Island Lighthouse. 
Tomorrow- the beach!

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