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Road Trip: St. Augustine, Florida, Part I

palm trees St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

Every year,  I fly down and stay with my grandparents. This time I also rented a car so I could do more sight-seeing. We had some stuff planned for my stay but it was also nice to get out and take a solo road trip. I didn’t want to do the über-tourist stuff so I decided on St. Augustine. I dig historical sites and haven’t been to the ocean for a few years so this seemed fitting.

I started my day with a visit to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. It wasn’t quite what I’d expected or hoped so I don’t have too many great things to say about it. It was entertaining, but I don’t think the admission was fair. I didn’t take too many photos:

Ripley's Museum ferris wheel stained glass St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

Ferris wheel and stained glass roof

Ripley's Museum ferris wheel stained glass St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

After I left the museum, I went out to explore the town. I parked in the Visitors Information Center garage, which cost about $7. The garage was fairly central to all the attractions in St. Augustine, so I thought this was a decent deal. (Before that, I did a little cruising through this area… parking was not abundant and some of the “roads” were quite narrow, so the garage was a good deal.)

I’d read of this old drug store that created herbal remedies and had a variety of herbal teas, so I set out for this place first. I didn’t end up buying anything but appreciated the concept of their holistic products. They also had a large display of old medicine bottles, jars, devices, etc.:

apothecary herbal medicine store glass St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

I then set out to Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, which is the oldest fort in the U.S. I can’t say I was too impressed with this either, but it was cool to explore something historic and gave me a chance to snap some photos, which I always appreciate:

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument fort St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument fort St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument fort St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument fort St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument fort St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

old biker guys rule St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

This biker’s shirt cracked me up.

I then set off to explore St. George Street, which is pretty much across the street from the fort. There were a lot of tourist-type shops that I didn’t check out, but I really liked the architecture and lay-out of this area. The” street” was more like an alley and there were also smaller alleys branching off that you could venture into.

St George Street St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

St George Street St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

 

It wasn’t too congested (probably since I went on a weekday) but I wanted to get away from the main area so I decided to head down some other streets.  There were lots of  bed and breakfasts/inns that I imagine would be lovely for a romantic getaway. I loved getting shots of the architecture of the area:

Cuna Street St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

Cuna St., St Augustine, FL

Grace United Methodist Church St Augustine Florida vacation travelling The DIY Homegirl

Grace United Methodist Church, St. Augustine, FL

Stay tuned for Part II of my St. Augustine road trip…

 

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