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Journeys as great as the destinations.

St. Augustine

December 8th, 2013

1948 Ford Sheriff’s car leading the St. Augustine Christmas Parade

Antique Car With Dog in Parade

St. Augustine’s Annual Christmas Parade is one of the largest in North Florida and includes floats, marching bands, cars, horses, and the arrival of Santa. If I’m in Florida, I do my best to be there. It’s a great time!

British Night Watchman

Coinciding with the Christmas Parade is the British Night Watch where the public joins in and marches behind the British Redcoats as they secure St. Augustine.

British Flag

The British Night Watch concludes at the Government House with muskets firing for the historical re-enactment. It’s a lot of fun to be there!

British Tents

British Re-enactor’s Tents set up for the historic taking of St. Augustine from Spain.

Couple in Costume

A couple in costume for the British Night Watch re-enactment.

Christmas Lights Facing Flagler College

Christmas Lights facing Flagler College. After the Night Watch celebration, St. Augustine is lit with millions of white lights for the Grand Illumination. It’s magical.

Fountain of Youth

Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. The water from the fountain tastes of sulfur. Don’t drink it.

Flagler College

Built in 1888 as a luxury hotel, Flagler College is now listed on the Nat’l Register of Historic Places as well as one of “America’s Best Colleges.” The dining room still has the Tiffany stained glass windows.

Grande Illumination British Night Watch Parade getting lined up.

Lightner Cafe & Pool

The Lightner Museum is a museum of antiquities, mostly American Victorian era pieces, housed within a historic Hotel Alcazar building in downtown St. Augustine. This photo is of a café in what was once a hotel pool.

Lightner Museum Tower

Tower on the splendid Lightner Museum in the heart of America’s oldest city.

Lightner Museum

Formally the Alcazar Hotel, the Lightner Museum holds relics of America’s gilded age elegantly exhibited on three floors.

Lobby of Flagler College

Formally the lobby of Ponce’ de Leon Hall, now the gilded lobby of Flagler College, and the focal point of the campus.

Newfoundland Club of Florida at the St. Augustine Christmas Parade.

Pirate Haus Inn

It’s not a Hilton, but the The Pirate Haus Inn is a family friendly Budget Bed and Breakfast in the heart of historic St. Augustine, Florida. Capn’ Conrad runs this ship along with an assorted and motley collection of miscreants. This is where I stay every time I’m in town.

Redcoats taking Fort Mantanzas

St. Augustine City Gates

British Redcoats at the city gates.

Savannah Sweets Praline

Ahhh….Savannah Sweets Pralines. Heaven on the tongue.

St. Augustine Government Plaza Christmas Lights

Switzerland Point Middle School band marching in the Christmas Parade.

Villa Zorayda Museum was inspired by the 12th-century Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. It houses a collection of unique antiquities.

White Siberian tiger from Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary in the St. Augustine Christmas Parade.

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.