Our Weekend in Saint Augustine, Florida

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We’re back from our trip to Saint Augustine!! Wheeee! Did you miss us?

We knew when we got stationed here in Pensacola, Florida, that we wanted to see some of the local sights. Ya know, places we might not have otherwise gone out of our way to visit. And towards the top of the list was Saint Augustine! Also known as the Ancient City, Saint Augustine is the oldest city in the United States and the longest continually occupied European settlement in the continental US.

The timing of this trip was particularly spectacular, because this year marks the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida – over 50 years prior to the sailing of the Mayflower – and it all started in Saint Augustine! You’d think this would be big news, being such a vital chapter in United States history, but with everyone intent on Euro-shaming us and whitewashing over all of our major accomplishments as a nation (in the name of political correctness, of course), this momentous anniversary has been largely swept under the rug.

But we made it in the nick of time, and spent the weekend exploring the historic sights and taking in some of the local flavor! And it was a blast!

Our first stop was at the fascinating, informative, and highly entertaining Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park – the site of Juan Ponce de Leon’s original landing in 1513.

During his travels, Ponce de Leon was in quest of the Fountain of Youth, said to be a legendary spring that restores youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. Upon landing in Florida, he believed the cool, fresh spring by the Timucuan Native American village of Seloy may have been the object of his quest. 500 years later, people still come to try the waters, (us yahoos included)!

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The water contains over 30 minerals, and lots of magic, but it tasted very… mineral-y. Which is very healthy for you, but tastes like butt. So, being on my fresh, clean water kick, I decided that I needed to try my new Berkey sports water filter out on it. Yup, this bad boy can even filter out YOUTH!

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Next we visited the Castillo de San Marcos, built by the Spanish in 1672 completely out of coquina stone – basically limestone with broken seashell chunks in it. It’s a beautiful castle fortress, complete with a double drawbridge and moat. There were historical re-enactors running amok, and literally thousands of people milling around. Oh! Oh! Oh! And Jonathan got us all into the park for free, being all military and awesome. Yay, Navy!

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After that we ventured into the heart of the cobbled streets downtown area to visit the San Sebastian winery, to take a tour and taste some of the award winning wines. After buying a bottle to open in a year or so, (awww, ain’t we romantic?!) we headed over to the Columbia, an exquisite Spanish cuisine restaurant. OMG, so good! Sparkling Spanish sangrias made tableside, followed by five star and historically inspired seafood… mmm, mmm, mmm!

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Anyway, here’s a mini collage of our weekend to Saint Augustine. I’d highly recommend this vacation spot. Lots of historic sights, wonderful food, and fun times!

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Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

11 thoughts on “Our Weekend in Saint Augustine, Florida

  • 30 December, 2013 at 4:19 am
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    We had so much fun! I’m feeling younger already! I have such a great time with you my love. Thank you for always bringing adventure into my life.

    • 30 December, 2013 at 3:12 pm
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      I love the adventures we have baby! Lets have a bazillion more!!!

  • 30 December, 2013 at 4:51 am
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    Awesomeness!!! Looks like a super interesting place. Glad to have you “back”. 🙂

    • 30 December, 2013 at 3:17 pm
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      It was fun! We’re history buffs, so it was right up our alley!

  • 30 December, 2013 at 11:43 pm
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    Happy you got a Berkey!!!!!! The water tastes so much better since we got ours three years ago. Looks like you all had fun.

    • 1 January, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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      Do you have the sports Berkey, or the tabletop one? We want the tabletop one, but MAN are they pricey!!!

    • 1 January, 2014 at 3:32 pm
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      Also, did you delete your blog?!?! I don’t see it anymore??!

  • 2 January, 2014 at 1:14 am
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    We have the clear blue table top one. My parents bought it for Owyn when he was born so he wouldn’t have bad water growing up. Lol. My parents are crunchy grandparents. The only bad thing about it is that it takes up the WHOLE counter and it doesn’t fit underneath one. Yes I deleted my blog. Between doing work for my parents, the move, and all my other endeavors I don’t have time to do it. Plus, I was going through a funk and it wasn’t written well and I didn’t enjoy it was well as my other blog. If I do start one it will be better. I had a huge following, changed my blog, had hardly any, and so it was kind of a let down. Anyways, The Berkey (auto correct keeps changing it to Burkey Lol) is AWESOME! Water tastes a ton better. Talk to you later! 😉

    • 2 January, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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      I am sooooo sad about you deleting your blog. Seriously. When you get more time, start it up again. I’ll be first in line as a faithful fan, haha. In the meantime, if you ever want to guest post, lemme know! I love your writing!

  • 6 January, 2014 at 7:03 pm
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    These photos are amazing!!!

    • 7 January, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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      Thank you!! ^_^

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