Header: I visited St. Augustine in Florida on Monday, October 14, 2013. I went there on the back of a motorcycle.
- St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez.
- It is the nation’s oldest city.
- Contains the oldest wooden schoolhouse.
- Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth can be found here.
- Four centuries of history.
- There is a beach.
- Flagler College is located here.
Initial Response: I absolutely loved my trip. The bike ride was the best part. No not really. I loved the architecture there. I loved seeing how the fort was constructed and how it worked for what it was made for. The history behind everything made it that much more enjoyable. For example, the oldest wooden schoolhouse. Amazing! You can’t say that architecture isn’t art. (I mean seriously, look at Frank Lloyd Wright). ANYWAY, I was flabbergasted by the way that construction was done back in the days (this is cliché I know) and see that it was still jst as beautiful If not more so. However, it wasn’t ideal for rainy weather. A lot of the buildings has ‘covers’ for ceilings that weren’t really ceilings and sometimes even going inside, you could still get wet. I disliked this. I also disliked not being able to actually go into the fort due to government shut down. For me, I loved the sites the best. I loved seeing the old architecture, it really fascinated me and caught my attention and even though I couldn’t enter the fort, the design from the outside was quite spectacular.
Points for potential research: I would love to return and go inside the fort and see what was missed.