3 Jan, 2014 in Itineraries, Saint Augustine
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Saint Augustine 15 thumb Castillo de San Marcos   Oldest Fort in the US : Saint Augustine saint augustine

When most people think about Florida, they imagine tropical beaches and sunshine, but Florida is actually where colonial history of the Americas began and Saint Augustine in Florida prides itself as being the oldest everything in the United States. You’ve got the oldest fort, the oldest street, the oldest church, the oldest house, etc. referring […]

8 Nov, 2013 in Saint Augustine
Dow Museum of Historical Houses Saint Augustine (5)

Saint Augustine, the first town, with the first house, having the first cathedral, fort or college and just about first everything in regards to the colonial overtake of the Americas. It’s where the Europeans first based their American expeditions, and till this very day offers an interesting overview of colonial history. Next on my …

21 Sep, 2013 in Saint Augustine
Cathedral of Saint Augustine (1)

Just like everything else in Saint Augustine, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine prides itself in being ‘the first parish’ in the Americas. Dating back to the 1560s, the structure has been attacked and burned down numerous times in history, finally to become what is is today with the current structure built in the 1790s. […]

15 Sep, 2013 in Saint Augustine
Oldest European House in America : Saint Augustine - Florida

Saint Augustine in Florida prides itself in being the oldest city in the United States. As such, walking around Saint Augustine you’ll come across the oldest fort, oldest road, the oldest church, etc. and – ofcourse, the oldest house. Who gets to hold that title? it’s the González-Alvarez House located at 14 St. Francis Street, […]

14 Aug, 2013 in Saint Augustine
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Saint Augustine (6)

One of the best historical attractions in Saint Augustine – America’s oldest city – is Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest fort in the US. It dates back to 1672 and was built to defend the Spanish colonialists from sea invaders. Throughout the years, it has served the Spanish, the British, and then finally the […]

12 Jul, 2013 in Saint Augustine
Around Saint Augustine (23)

To share with you a bit of the charm of "USA’s oldest city" – Saint Augustine, below is a small collection of photos from a walking tour I did while revisiting Saint Augustine with my father. Costumed guides, carriages, old colonial buildings, stone paved streets, wooden huts, lovely small artist shops, and it’s all next […]

2 Jun, 2013 in Saint Augustine
Lightner Museum - Saint Augustine (1).JPG

Across the street from the Flagler College is a cute little antiques museum. The former Spanish Renaissance style Hotel Alcazar, dating back to the 1887, it is a beautiful structure for a museum. You can enjoy the very extensive Lightner collection while getting a glimpse of the former elegance and prestige the former Hotel offered […]

7 May, 2013 in Saint Augustine
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Previously the prestigious Ponce de Leon Hotel serving the richest of America, it is now part of the Flagler College campus, set in the wonderful historic town of Saint Augustine. And what a lovely college it is. It must be a unique experience to study in a college that looks as fine as that. …

24 Mar, 2013 in Saint Augustine
Pirate & Treasure Museum Saint Augustine (14).JPG

After you’ve seen your fair share of arts and history museums I’ve come to develop a special appreciation for those odd little specialty museums that cover themes usually not explored by the bigger museums. Saint Augustine has a good example – a museum dedicated to pirates – the Saint Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum (previously […]

4 Nov, 2012 in Saint Augustine

Extending my Gainesville conference visit a bit further to the east, I made my way to Saint Augustine, touristicly branded as "the oldest city" in the US. Of all that I’ve seen so far in Florida, I would say this is probably the most charming of them all, with a real European feel to it […]

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