While I don’t care much for the state I live in (I hate humidity, hot weather, and I never go to the beach), I will admit there are some pretty cool places to explore around here. My friend and I were all hyped up to go to Jacksonville the day after the concert and sightsee, but even when we got there the day before, we felt it was a bit of a disappointment. Not wanting to head home early, we went to St. Augustine the day after the concert and walked around, ate some great food and saw some pretty cool historical sights!
I’ve been to St. Augustine before, but the last time has to have been at least five years ago, so needless to say, a lot of the stuff we saw was new to me! If you’ve never been to St. Augustine before, it’s one of the oldest cities in the US, having been founded in 1565. (They’re actually celebrating 450 years this September!)
We started at the Castillo de San Marcos, which has a beautiful waterfront view that was to die for.
We then headed down St. George Street, where there are a lot of cute little stores, restaurants and all kinds of businesses.
Then we stumbled upon the Peña-Peck house, a house that was built by the Spanish in the 1700s for the royal treasurer. In the 1830s, it was bought by a doctor from Connecticut and then remained in his family until his granddaughter died and left it to the city, with the Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine taking care and running the house with help from members and volunteers alike. The house itself is so unique because the first and second floor are completely different architecture, as the second floor was added after the Pecks bought the house.
This was a beautiful monument commemorating civil rights leader Andrew Jackson Young Jr., who was beaten up by a racist mob as he led marchers seeking equality and freedom to the Plaza de la Constitución.