The discovery of Florida in 1513 by Juan Ponce de Leon, eventually led to the establishment of St. Augustine in 1565. The city is the oldest U.S. settlement, founded 55 years before pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
Now, the city is famed for its Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestoned streets, salt life, tourist occupation, and Fort Castillo San Marcus, an enduring structure made from the sturdy sedimentary rock coquina. Basically, the city is made of seashells!
It is also hauntingly beautiful. Follow my feet...
St. Augustine Distillery. We bought whiskey and gin.
St. Augustine is built with Coquina - literally.
Yum! One of my favorite Florida restaurants.
Unfortunately, after our visit to the unsubstantiated fountain of youth, I feel older.
Yum! Taste tester approved. I bought four decadent tarts.
Behind the ubiquitous tourist tram is Flagler college, a former grand hotel illuminated by Thomas Edison.