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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

History Can be Fun, Just Visit St. Augustine @FlHistoricCoast #hosted

My wife landed a vacation to the nearby historic town of St. Augustine thanks to the great people of Viaja San Agustin and Florida Historic Coast. We are writers and both of us had endless fun. You might be saying aren't all vacations fun, well they can be. This charming city has many attractions to keep one busy and we could not do all the things we had scheduled. I don't know, but I think I'm the perfect age to enjoy and appreciate all the city has to offer.

Visiting this beautiful old-world charming city in the winter is hard to beat, because you get all the holiday essence like the Night of Lights. This fun, chilly ride around the city lets you enjoy it decorated with lots of white lights. You ride in a little train experiencing  a winter wonderland in the oldest city in the U.S. while the driver plays fun music. They even had 3D glasses, which lit up santa everywhere you looked.

The historic sites like the 1695 fort, Castillo de San Marcos built by the Spanish is just one of the many interesting places to visit and linger in the past. Many tours like the one at the Colonial Quarter help you understand the impact it had on our history.

 Maybe you aren't so much into history, then there are a variety of restaurants like the Raintree, which was set in a Victorian house. The food was great and the staff and owners make you feel at home. Another favorite is the San Sebastian Wine tasting tour and can you believe St Augustine has its own distillery?

The Spanish architecture, museums and beautiful churches are everywhere you look around this charming town. St. Augustine will leave you wanting to come back and visit, over and over!

St. Augustine Florida  Night of Lights
Night of Lights 

Lightner Museum St. Augustine Florida
Ponce De Leon at the Lightner Museum
Florida St. Augustine Distillery
St. Augustine Distillery

Memorial Presbyterian Church is Florida's first and oldest Presbyterian congregation, established in June 1824.

Raintree Restaurant St. Augustine Florida
Stuffed flounder with crab at the Raintree Restaurant

Castillo de San Marcos St. Augustine Florida
Castillo de San Marcos

Monday, December 12, 2016

Enjoy the Season for Giving and Ease off the Manic Decorating

Another Christmas is upon us and you can see all the combos of decorations that everyone puts in their yard and on TV. There is a show that has a competition on lighting up your house and everyone is excited from this manic decorating. To me it is a little irritating although it can be entertaining at times.

The thing that irritates me the most is how so many houses you see decorated lack any real theme, which just gives me visual overload. I guess if your a youngster it can be fun but not for some folks. It seems people had more taste in putting up their outdoor decorations in the past, not just including every possible combination of Christmas characters imaginable.

My advice is to create a theme before starting your outdoor decorating, then proceed. One other note I have observed is there are less manger scenes these days, but I'm always more impressed by the ones I do see than any of the other decorations.

Merry Christmas! Enjoy the shots around Crawfordville and Tallahassee.

Park Avenue Tallahassee

Christmas Tallahassee Crawfordville Florida
With wife Babushka in Dorothy Ovens Park night time Tallahassee.
Day shots of Crawfordville Courthouse.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Another Hurricane and its name was Hermine

hurricane hermine aftermath in crawfordville florida

Living near the coast in Northwest Florida there is always the risk of getting hit by another hurricane, If you don't reside right on the water then the event is made up of strong gusty winds and heavy rain that comes in bands. This was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since 2005, can you actually believe that?!

People prepare for the worst which means stocking up on food, flashlights, batteries, ice and other survival supplies, Big trees are nice but not when they come crashing down into your house and this is my biggest worry during these intense storms.

I'm happy to say after living in this same spot, my place has never seen any major damage from these trees or wind! It is a nice spot and I want to stay here for some time.

The worst was being without power for a day and a half, but feel blessed because some people in Tallahassee had huge trees come down on their property and power was out  for more than 100,000.

I can say I survived another one living here in this same spot for 23 years, These storms pack winds over 100 mph sometimes, so this is no easy feat . It was also hot without power and I read it was the 2nd hottest summer on record. Only one thing to do, find some cool water and enjoy!