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ANASTASIA PARK

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL

semi-overcast 70 °F

Saint Augustine, is it really a Saint or maybe a devil in disguise? Hard call to make. Lots of things to see in old town but tons of traffic and no parking places. The allusive hidden lots are full unless it's early in the morning when nothing is open..lots of art galleries and specialty shops with enough types of museums and tour trains 🚂 to baffle the mind all having their own free parking for patrons "Or It Will Be Towed!" signs above each space 🚀 in bold red letters. It feels like they are just waiting and hiding at some undisclosed hidden location to ticket and tow your car 🚗 with no exception. In the evenings the town is packed with young people walking 🚶 the sidewalks to eat, drink 🍹 and shop. I can't for the life of me understand how everyone gets there with no shuttle bus 🚌 or spaces to park. Driving in town in the evening especially on a weekend gives you the feeling of being held captive in your car 🚗 with no other choice but to leave or God help us all, park under a "Parking For Patrons Only!! " sign. Saturday afternoon we parked outside of town for the fish festival at a site for a special shuttle, which in theory is to pick up passengers every 20 minutes . We were there for almost a hour and a half with about fifty really pissed off 😡 people. It was out of character for me but I found it rather interesting and relaxing 😎 watching the scene unfold and having a reprieve from the traffic mess.
On the other side of the coin there are lots of great places to eat and not just in old town. We just ate at a huge Asian buffet today and tomorrow I will grace my tummy with an Indian buffet. There are all kinds of choices here...you just have to do some research to find them. It always seems to be windy here which keeps the bugs 🐜 away and gives us a beach 🌊 with huge waves and surfers 🏄 to watch. Also I have to mention that to wake up in the mornings with the sound of crashing waves is special. Staying on my positive note there are many Irish 🍀 taverns here to choose from and many with live real Irish 🍀 music 🎶. Getting to play with two great groups here makes my trip here special with a huge Celtic festival coming up this weekend.

The natural seaside with dunes is so peaceful with very few people.
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Old Spanish quarry used for all Saint Augustine buildings and fort.
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Cold front came through. Mary all bundled up and enjoying the sound of the waves
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St. Augustine Lighthouse
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Old Spanish quarry has such sad feelings.
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These huge blocks were hand cut in a quarry by prisoners of the Spanish.The old quarry which is near our campsite has a real sad feeling.
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The best Mexican food truck on our entrance to our park.
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Good times with Ron and Sue at Hurricane Pattys
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Sue's crayfish dish at Hurricane Patty's ....yuck!
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At Meehan Irish Pub with Sue and Ron
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So much fun playing with these guys for the night
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Posted by Bananawind2016 15:47 Archived in USA

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