Hitty Plays Tourist in St Augustine Florida

After leaving the fort, our Old Town Trolley Tour guide highlighted the history of St Augustine and embellished our stops with interesting trivia.

On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles, landed with a group of settlers and established the first permanent Christian settlement. The Spanish named the site Nombre De Dios--Name of God.

Ray Charles, singer, songwriter, composer and a pioneer in the rhythm and blues genre, attended school here until his mother died when he was 15 years old.  While he lived in St Augustine, he developed his musical talent and performed on the radio and at local events.  He is a much loved favorite son of St Augustine.

In the middle of a hotel parking lot, you will find The Old Senator, a live oak tree believed to be over 600 years old.

Not far from the Old Senator is an exact replica of the Statue of Michelangelo's David sculpted by Sollazzini & Sons of Florence Italy.  It stands 17 feet tall and is carved from a solid piece of Carrara Marble excavated from the same quarry as the original.  This replica is one of only two in the world.  According to our tour guide, the citizens of St Augustine were so overwhelmed by him standing there "in all his glory" that he was draped in a toga until a hedge grew tall enough to shield him from the street.  

David and the hedge

The lighthouse

I thought these scooters looked like they would be fun!

I loved this VW bus I saw in an antique shop window.  It was just about my size.

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