Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Farewell St. Augustine!!

Well this is for sure one place we would love to come to again!!  We were very tired yesterday morning and got a late start to doing anything, hey we are entitled to be lazy!!  But I did do the laundry, anyway we left to go to the Dow Museum of Historic houses, a block of original homes from 100-300 years old.  All the information said it was open but when we finally found it, it is hard to find, they were closed now on Mondays :(  It looked really nice, will be on list for next time.  By then we had missed the last tour of Flagler College.  Henry Flagler of Standard Oil and railroad magnate had built the building as a winter retreat for the wealthy and was his grandest hotel and was called the Ponce de Leon Hotel and is beautiful.  It was the first building to have poured concrete and was built in 1888.  He also built 2 other hotels in St. Augustine, one which was right across the street and just looked like a baby one of Ponce de Leon  We walked as far as the main entrance and gawked inside, so beautiful and so disappointed we had missed the tour, they only give two a day.  If you have ever been to Biltmore Estate and thought that was grand then taking a tour of Flagler College is a must and Henry and George Vanderbilt were good friends.
Flagler College

Flagler College

Ceiling inside the College

So since it was now late afternoon and threatening rain, we only had one quick downpour, we just strolled through the town and did a little shopping, Dusty had a sandwich and I some chicken wings for dinner and were back to the motor home around 8 pm.  So there are still many things to do here in this Beautiful town and I must say it is high on our favorite of cities.  We now travel on to Ruskin, FL just south of Tampa and tomorrow we go on a Segway Tour of St. Petersburg, pray it doesn't rain ( even though they need it here because of the fires, but the pour west coast is getting their share!!)  Hope none of you have washed away in California!!

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