Coasting: Parting shots — St. Augustine

As we prepared to say good-bye to St. Augustine, a town of many surprises, we remembered the sites that have become must-see’s for tourists:  Castillo de San Marcos, Flagler College, the Oldest Wood Schoolhouse in America, etc.  But we found ourselves leaning more and more toward an appreciation of the ordinary as much the tourist-book notables. Ordinary is […]

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Coasting: Scenes from Castillo de San Marcos

If you’re the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States, you deserve to be seen, climbed on, photographed, and written about.  Right?  Well, we think so. Of the three forts we toured (Fort Frederica in St. Simons, Georgia; Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, and Fort Clinch in Fernandina Beach, Florida) during our […]

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Travel theme: Doorways

While roaming through Fort Clinch State Park at Fernandina Beach, Florida, on a weekend when re-enactors were not only in costume but also in character, Bert wandered into a spacious room to take a look at an intriguing doorway.  The “guard” moved in, seizing the moment to talk about the prison cell behind the door. […]

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Goin’ coastal before and after the TaxSlayer Bowl

So, here we are.  Big Orange Fans.  Delighted that the University of Tennessee Vols made it to the TaxSlayer Bowl on January 2nd, 2015, in Jacksonville, Florida and beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 45 to 28.  Go Vols! But in our usual “let’s-see-what-else-we-can-see-along-the way” mode, we decided to cruise the coast a bit from Tybee Island down […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

A bride and her bridesmaids standing in the shadows along Aviles Street, St. Augustine, FloridaJust as we were exiting a dress shop on Aviles Street, we turned to see a bride and her bridesmaids standing in the shadows.  As we attempted to snap picture, the bride turned around and smiled that charming smile — not […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: New

Someone just may have to intervene and force us to enter a 12-step program to end our addiction to purchasing new art.  After all, we live in a condo filled with antiques and primitives, yet we can’t resist fresh, new paintings that depict whatever area we are visiting.  We have an uncanny proclivity to marine […]

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Travel theme: Sparkle

With over three hundred million lights, St. Augustine, Florida’s Nights of Lights lives up to its listing in The World’s 10 Best Holiday Displays by National Geographic. Now that’s a lot of sparkle!  All over the city, historic buildings, plazas, trees, and even horse-drawn carriages are decked out in tiny lights. Tourists and locals alike seem to enjoy […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Good things come in threes, or at least they did at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus held in Knoxville – Saturday, February 22nd.  Suggested for the WordPress Weekly PhotoChallenge: Threes was a three-picture story, but a mere three pictures can hardly do the circus justice.  So, ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages, we present […]

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