Marketed as America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida is a small, historical city lying just south of Jacksonville. It’s long been one of my favorite cities in the state and a place I frequently consider moving to.
According to Wikipedia, it was founded in 1565 by the Spanish conquistador, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and has been ruled by the Spanish, the British and the Spanish again. It was pillaged by pirates and even burned to the ground by Sir Francis Drake (the bastard!). Today, the city is a tourist destination and home to Flagler College, a four-year, private liberal arts school.
Tourists and locals can be found traveling St. George Street, the heart of the historic city, enjoying numerous shopping opportunities, plenty of restaurants and even a musician or two — playing for tips, of course!
I ventured out to St. Augustine this weekend to shoot the sunrise over the Intracoastal waterway and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and stopped to grab this shot of St. George Street; dark and quiet. Nikon D7200
It’s drastically different from the streets walked by loyalists during the American Revolution, but if you ignore the 21st century tourist trappings, you can feel the the soul of the city with it’s deep determination for survival and strength to endure the hardships of the environment.
As a side note, if you are interested in historical fiction, I recommend you check out Eugenia Price’s Florida Trilogy consisting of “Maria”, “Don Juan McQueen” and “Margaret’s Story”.