St. Augustine, FL

The weather turned south on us today.  Gray skies moved in and drizzled on us most of the way to St. Augustine.  By the time we arrived at the Municipal Marina the wind was howling and the water was being kicked up into a nasty chop due to the outgoing tide against the north wind.  It was a bit tricky approaching the dock but Jeff handled things perfectly!  The town had just had their Nights of Lights ceremony and so the whole downtown was lit up with Christmas lights!  St. Augustine is a charming little historic town with so much to see and do.   Our first night we dined at a very popular  bar/restaurant on the waterfront called Harry’s.  “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”

We ordered some folding bikes for the boat and had them delivered to St. Augustine.  We picked them up on Wednesday and as soon as they came out of the box we rode them around the town.  Having these bikes will definitely give us freedom to explore our destinations.  That evening, we were joined for cocktails on the boat by our new friends Janice and Hank who I met a few months earlier in Annapolis, Maryland when we attended the Burr Yacht Sales Fleming Rendezvous.  Hank was born and raised here making him the perfect personal tour guides for the evening.  We ate dinner at The Tasting Room – delicious Tapas – and then walked to a funky little ice cream shop (they are everywhere!) and had what amounted to a huge homemade ice cream cookie sandwich…..and yes I ate the whole thing!

The next day was Thanksgiving and  it poured down rain all day….again.  Jeff worked on his computer all morning while I slept in.  The rain let up long enough for us to walk to a little pub by the marina that served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner!  Afterwards we walked around a bit and then ducked into a little piano bar for coffee before heading back to the boat.

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The weather pattern on Thanksgiving day…. you guessed it…right over us!1

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Walking through historic downtown

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Our Euro Mini Urbano folding bikes….they are awesome!

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine.  The first Catholic Parish in America.

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The Bridge of Lions with the local pirate ship in front (view from our boat)

Friday we moved the boat north to the Comachee Cove Marina.  Again, the wind was blowing hard and as we entered the narrow channel into the marina we had to swing the boat around and back in right behind this yacht!  The staff at the marina were great and we had a smooth docking.  Our friends Janice and Hank picked us up for dinner and we joined their friends Mitzi and Louis for dinner at Le Pavillion!

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We rode our bikes to the St. Augustine lighthouse

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The lighthouse keeper’s home

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The Bridge of Lions

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