Thursday, January 18, 2018

Casita Adventuras III

We were in Bristol for the snowstorm, so we had the exciting task of digging out our trailer before leaving for an uneventful drive to Florida. We drove about 6 hours a day and stayed the nights in Aberdeen, Maryland; Fayetteville, North Carolina and Brunswick, Georgia before showing up at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine Florida on Tuesday 1/9.

Our first campsite of our trip at Anastasia State Park

Former Alcazar Hotel-St. Augustine, Florida
Fountains and coy pond at the Lightner Museum

Cut and pressed glass exhibit at the Lightner Museum

The  Lightner Museum is in downtown St. Augustine in part of the former Alcazar Hotel built by railroad magnate Henry Flagler in 1888. Its architectural style is called Spanish Renaissance Revival. It houses collections of fine and decorative arts, but even more fun was the "Dressing Downton" exhibit (as in the PBS Downton Abbey show) that was there during our visit! The Lightner Museum taking furnishings out of storage constructed period scenes for the Downton exhibit taking furnishings out of storage

The Cafe Alcazar also in the hotel, is in what at the time, was the largest indoor swimming pool. It also had a retractable roof which helped reduce the sulfur smell of the water...

Across the street, the former Ponce de Leon Hotel is now Flagler College was also built in 1888.

Flagler College-a liberal arts college 
Cafe Alcazar at the Lightner Museum

Hotel Alcazar swimming pool 1905 (

Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley

Our group, minus the photographer, on a food tour of St. Augustine. YUM!

The former Alcazar Hotel with holiday lights

Plaza de la ConstituciĆ³n
Video of the "Free Rangers" at a local Farmers Market

During December and January, the downtown area surrounding the Plaza de la ConstituciĆ³n is lit up for the "Nights of Lights" which was beautiful and very well attended on the weekends even with the cool weather.


Florida has some of the straightest trees, palm trees, and the "wiggliest trees", the live oaks!

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