Castillo de San Marcos | St. Augustine, FL

While we were in Florida, we visited St. Augustine.  My cousin has lived in St. Augustine for quite some time and we went to visit her and her family.  I've been to St. Augustine a couple times before, but don't really remember a whole lot.  So, it was fun to visit again.  

We didn't have a lot of time to do all of the touristy things, but we did make it to the fort.  I thought The Builder  would like the fort.  The history of the fort and of the town of St. Augustine is amazing.  Most people probably know that it's the oldest city in the nation.  But, the fort changed hands a couple times.  I am just finally getting a chance to read some of the interesting things from the displays.  The Builder always wants to rush, rush, rush to the next thing.  He would drag me through everywhere we went if he could.  He wants to move on to the next "greatest" thing.  But, he never takes time to look and enjoy where he is.~~That would be a completely different blog post, though, about enjoying the present and blah, blah, blah.  My point is that I wasn't able to read everything while I was there.  But, I tried to get as many pictures as possible.  

If you'd like to read more about Castillo de San Marcos and it's history, you can find info at the National Park Services website.  

I left our camera with my husband in case he needed it for work while we were gone.  I ended up buying another (cheaper) version of our little Kodak easy share while I was in Florida.  I was still trying to learn how to use it while I was taking these pictures, so I'm afraid they are not that great.  But, here are some pictures from our trip.
At the entrance to the fort.  We all look thrilled don't we?  

It was a very hot day.  Future Fashionista does not do well in the heat.  When we asked her if she liked the fort, she said, "I liked the fort, just not the weather."  She was mis-er-a-ble.  
The fort walls are made of coquina.  Crazy!!
I don't know how many of you are from FL or have been to FL.  But, coquina clams are little bi-valve animals in teeny little shells.  When the waves come in and then go back out, you can see the little coquinas dig down into the sand.  I can not believe that there were so many coquinas that they were able to dig the shells from a quarry and make walls that would withstand cannon fire. You can find out more about coquina HERE
A view from inside the fort
About to fire the cannon.
Another view from inside the fort

It was hard to get good pictures of the inside of the fort.  Most rooms had arched ceilings.  And the windows had metal spiky things sticking out of the walls so that enemies could not crawl through~~at least not very comfortably.  I don't know if you can tell from the pictures below.
In most rooms of the fort, they had displays with old artifacts and stories called "Connections".  The connection boards listed how different people/countries/places were connected to the Castillo de San Marcos.
We enjoyed our trip.  But, I still have a lot to learn!  I never liked history in the classroom.  It just meant nothing to me.  But, take me to a place and let me close my eyes and try to imagine what it was like before all of the modern stuff and I love history.  I need to SEE history for it to be interesting to me.  If you ever get a chance to visit St. Augustine, it is a fun, interesting place~~the place that it all began (at least in the United States)  I will post a couple more random St. Augustine pictures in another post next week.

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