For the most part, a 4.5 hour car ride (one way) is not part of a "day trip". Due to circumstances (such as expenses and Norm having to be at work at 8:00am Saturday morning to count inventory), we drove down to St. Augustine on Friday to pick up Norm's car from the shop. Since we had already made the drive, we figured we would spend a few hours in the area looking around.
First off we visit the Cathedral which is located on the main square.
We walked down St. George Street and ate lunch at Columbia Restaurant. So tasty! And such a pretty place!
Then we continued down St. George Street and came across this, the oldest wooden school house in the country!
We also came across a store that sold (and provided free tastings) of tropical fruit wines. It was very interesting... we bought Passion Fruit Wine. Because it wasn't hot enough and because we were going to be sitting down in the car for another 4.5 hours on our trip back home, we kept walking and got to the Castillo San Marcos, we didn't pay to go inside, just sight-saw (past tense of sight-see??) around it:
From there we drove to the Shrine of Nuestra Senora de la Leche y Buen Parto - the first shrine dedicated to Mary in the country. It is located on the grounds of the very first mission, which was founded in September of 1565!
Pretty street. Notice the moss is growing on the cables:
After that we stopped for a pastry at Denoel, a french pastry shop, but it was about to close, so we took our pastry to-go and ate it by the park. Before we headed home, we went to see the ocean, didn't swim though, can't go to the coast and not at least see the ocean. It's so beautiful...