Still Beautiful: St. Augustine, FL Celebrates 450 Years!

I had the pleasure of stumbling into St. Augustine, Florida just prior to its 450th Anniversary last week, while I was in the process of college tours with my daughter.  The town is the oldest permanently occupied European settlement in the U.S.  I am a graduate of Flagler College, situated in St. Augustine, and was happy to see my daughter include it on her list of potential schools.

The town was putting last minute touches on preparations for its scheduled weekend celebrations, which includes a visit from King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain and a series free concerts including Aaron Neville, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell.

I had time to get a few photos of this beautiful town and unique college setting while we were there.

Nighttime photo of Lions Bridge and Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, FL.

Castillo de San Marcos

Nighttime photo of Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, FL.

Lions Bridge/Matanzas River

Dawn at Lions Bridge and Matanzas River in St. Augustine, FL.

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FL.

St. Augustine's Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos

Historic St. George Street

St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL.

St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

Flagler College

Flagler College, formerly Ponce de Leon Hotel, courtyard built by Henry Flagler.

Flagler College fountain

Flagler College courtyard, sundial, fountain.

Flagler College

Flagler College

Flagler College

Flagler College gargoyle drains and tower.

Flagler College

Flagler College courtyard.

The town has only improved with the passage of time.  As a tourist locale, there’s no shortage of things to do and see.

Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone.

Historic St. Augustine, FL side street. ©Pawpro Media

Historic St. Augustine, FL side street.

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