Not the Best Week For Doing the Tourist Thing in St. Augustine

My younger son’s girlfriend is in college so her logical choice for a trip to see her boyfriend here in Florida is during Spring Break. Unfortunately it’s when all the Spring Breakers are here in Florida. Roll that together with Bike Week – which was the same exact week – why? … and you have a state filled with tourists and traffic.

Traffic and Full Parking Lot at Fort

So what did we do? We went to St. Augustine which has become attraction city. I used to love St. Augustine but like every other beautiful space in Florida it has become a place to build up and make money. Continue reading “Not the Best Week For Doing the Tourist Thing in St. Augustine”

The Famous Fort in St. Augustine That Was Built of Seashells

the Castillo de San Marcos fort
Castillo de San Marcos Fort in St. Augustine, Florida

Photo credit: By National Park Service ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons – click the photo to visit the page.
One area of Florida that is worth the visit is historic St. Augustine. Henry Flagler took an interest in the area and built the Ponce de Leon Hotel which is now Flagler College. Visitors began coming and haven’t stopped. But that is another story.

I recently took another trip to St. Augustine and you can read about it here.

I find the history of the old fort in St. Augustine, Florida fascinating. Located on the east coast of Florida, the Castillo de San Marcos (which means St. Mark’s Castle) is right on the Intracoastal Waterway.  Today it serves as a tourist attraction with many visitors trudging over those thick walls each day, but it was built long ago to protect the people of a Spanish settlement.

The Spanish settled in the St. Augustine in 1565 and built forts of wood which were too easily destroyed.  Flimsy wood was either burned by attackers, or destroyed by storms. They needed a better and sturdier line of defense.  So they came up with an ingenious idea. Continue reading “The Famous Fort in St. Augustine That Was Built of Seashells”

Seashell Identification ~ Coquina

The tiny Coquina shell is found all over the Florida beaches (it’s the small shell in the photo below), but they are usually busy digging themselves back under the sand each time the waves wash over them. They can be found in many pretty colors and I have only one…because they were so numerous and I wasn’t very interested in collecting them. See a nice picture at this link.

Shells in Sand mousepad

Shown here with two Turkey Wing shells, the little coquina shell was used in building material and many structures were built in Florida using it. The famous fort in St. Augustine, Castillo de San Marcos, is an example. Read more about the fort and the coquina used to build it on this page and other structures built totally or partially with coquina rock.

I had a large “rock” of coquina in my yard which I used as a decoration, since Florida is devoid of  “real” rocks – unless they’ve been imported.

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