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The Nation's Oldest City (444 Years) St. Augustine

Author: Toni K. N.
Date of Trip: August 2009

While in the area we went to the Lighthouse Museum, one of the last working lighthouse's in Florida. As we were walking through the trail's to the lighthouse my daughter read the sign warning you to be on the lookout for snakes, spiders and scorpions, at which point she said "OK, I'm out of here!" Needless to say we did not climb the 229 stairs to the top of the lighthouse.

We had lunch at O'Steen's, a very popular shrimp restaurant with local's. My friend Marcus Walley, a Realtor in St.Augustine, recommended OSteen's and every time we mentioned it we would get the same reaction from people. They generally have a long wait to get into the dinning room so you must register at an outside window, wait in the parking lot and then they call you to come in when your table is ready. it's a small Mom and Pop establishment with mainly fried shrimp and fish. I had delicious baked crab cakes, pickled beets and pickled cucumbers.Umm-ummm good!

On the way to The Fountain of Youth we found this fabulous cupcake bakery called Luli's. OMG ! Keylime cupcake's to die for! They have wonderful flavor's such as Coconut, Peanut Butter, Tiramasue and too many to list. They also make homemade Biscoti that is scrumptous. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

Touring at The Fountain of Youth Park turned out to be so much more than I expected. They have a navigator's celestial planetarium depicting astrological sailing techniques employed by Ponce de Leon. Beautiful Peacocks roam the park and it is such a joyful experience to move among them.

I'm sure you can tell we had a wonderful time in St. Augustine and it was a great "girl's trip" for my daughter, granddaughter and myself. We had such a great time we extended our trip by one more day. Before we left we got matching airbrushed tattoo's on our ankle's.

The last day we went to the Flagler Memorial Church that Henry Flagler built as a tribute to his daughter. We also went to the San Sebastian Winery and took the tour including, of course, wine tasting.

On our way out of St. Augustine of course we had to stop at Luli's Cupcake Bakery to get a boxful to take home. I must admit my Keylime cupcake never made it all the way home. It truly was "one for the road."

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