So you already know about our Florida excursion, but here are the photos that go along with it!
Our primary destination was New Smyrna Beach. Chad and I found this awesome B&B online, and it turned out to be even more awesome in person. We enjoyed a gorgeous view, and ate the best breakfasts known to man. Think banana french toast with cream cheese one day, quiche with a cranberry pineapple sauce the next, and breakfast enchiladas with salsa and sour cream the last! Yum.
This is the main drag in New Smyrna. Nothing but blue skies are all I see!
We ate lunch here one day, sitting on stools facing windows overlooking the ocean.
We played a little game called “who can take the coolest photo of this surf shop.” Chad won:
This is our view from the beach…in our car. Gotta love driving on the beach in a Prius!
Next up was St. Augustine. Doesn’t this lighthouse look a lot like Cape Hatteras?
Once we got to the downtown area, Chad jumped in this little place to get a coffee. He came out with one of my favorite treats ever: a canoli!
We wandered through the old town streets, until we came to The Castillo de San Marcos. It is the oldest masonry fort in the continental US, and has quite an interesting history. Chad is the history buff, so he should be writing this. It took 23 years to build it, from 1672 to 1695, and has been occupied by numerous countries. Google it!
The next few are all Chad’s.
We ate a wonderful lunch at a place called The Columbia and then decided to take a tour of Flagler College, thanks to a recommendation from the housekeeper at the Night Swan. Great advice. This place is amazing, and I wish I went to college there!
Flagler College has been a college since 1968, but that is the least of its history. Henry Flagler was a very wealthy oil and railroad business man who brought his vision and money to St. Augustine in the late 1880’s. He built the Ponce de Leon, a cutting edge over-the-top hotel for wealthy visitors. Can you tell?
Just your typical college cafeteria:
The ceiling of the women’s parlor room:
One of the two onyx Edison clocks:
St. Augustine is a beautiful city with amazing history. Definitely a must-see if you have never been.
Finally, we headed back up to Amelia Island. A couple photos of downtown:
Check back soon for Part II: more of Amelia Island and the wedding expo!