On Saturday, my mother and her cousin, Sis, arrived for a week’s visit.
To take a break from hanging out at the pool and enjoying cocktails, we made the trek down to St. Augustine on Monday.
We did the usual St. Augustine must-sees, like Castillo San Marco
and the San Sebastian Winery taste-testing.
However, for the first time, we stopped and enjoyed an adult beverage at the Martini Bar, with view of the Mantanza River.
Thanks to my “Local Flavor” half-price deals, we also enjoyed the Old Town Trolley tour around the city, with historic information about various aspects of St. Augustine life. It was very informative and I learned new information and discovered a few new “must-see spots” like the oldest Live Oak tree in St. Augustine, dating back to the 1500s.
Notice how this massive tree has a palm tree growing in the middle of it, from a seed dropped by a passing bird.
At the Ripley’s Museum (the original, first Ripley’s location) lot, we also discovered a 14-foot in diameter Redwood tree stump that had been carved into a 4-room house.
Ripley’s also had this hiding behind some bushes in the corner of their property.
An exact replica of Michelangelo’s “David,” an 18-foot tall hand-carved marble statue weighing 20,000 pounds has made its way to Castle Warden, home of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! odditorium. It is one of only two in the world carved as the original was – from a solid piece of pure Carrara Marble quarried from Pietra Santa in Tuscany, Italy. It’s the same quarry where Michelangelo acquired the marble for his masterpiece.
After our exploring of St. Augustine, it was time for dinner at Aunt Kate’s.
It was a great day showing Sis around St. Augustine and enjoying the really beautiful day (until dinner when the breeze was a little too cool and brisk to really enjoy sitting outside). Thanks for the fun girl’s day out, mom and Sis!