April 27, 2008

More Sights of St. Augustine

The Cathedral of St. Augustine is home of the oldest Catholic parish of the present day United States.

As we learned at The Fountain of Youth, Ponce de Leon discovered Florida in 1513. The plaque on this statue proclaims very specifically that he "landed near this spot". How near we are left to wonder.

St. George Street's pedestrian mall has quite a variety of shops and restaurants.

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument served as protection for the city of St. Augustine during many colonial wars from the 16th to the 19th century.

"I'm crushing your head! I'm crushing your head!"

A horse waits patiently for a paying customer.

In the early days, only Catholics could be buried inside the St. Augustine city wall. The wall's gate is shown below.

Marlon bears an uncanny resemblance to someone else besides Napoleon.

Doug poses with an old friend from the Spanish Military Hospital Museum just before beginning A Ghostly Encounter Walking Tour of St. Augustine.

The Military Hospital is an "authentic" haunted building known for performing hundreds of amputations from 1784-1821.

This was the hospital's recovery room where spirits have often been encountered.

As history goes, the amputated body parts are buried under the cobblestoned Aviles Street on which the hospital stands.

In this photo, our tour guide demonstrates how he can turn himself into a ghostly spirit.

Searching for ghosts in the cemetery...spooky!

For more pictures of these St. Augustine activities, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/april/st-augustine-florida/ pictures 179-256.

Back near the RV park we found this huge Harley Davidson store.

Next we are headed to Georgia.

To be continued...

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