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Old 2 Mar 20, 11:55 AM  
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Bayous to Beaches. Oct 19. Day 13 Done in Sixty Seconds - Speedy Sightseeing in St Augustine

Sunday 13 October

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We were first awake around 0530 and dozed until 8 which was lovely - it was so sunny and warm - almost too warm for the balcony already .

We were watching the news and it was talking about St Augustine and some events that were taking place so Andy had a moment of inspiration and suggested we head off there today.

We were on our way by 9.45 - while Andy was getting ready I hastily scribbled some notes and did a quick Dibb search for tips on touring !

I also tried to reserve a three wheeled scooter thing for us to scoot round on while we were there but the website wasnít having any of it
It took just over 30 minutes before we were arriving




And soon at the St Augustine Bike rental place and we rented out a golf cart at $99 plus $10 insurance for 4 hours.



Simple rules - go where cars go, donít go over any bridges and normal road rules apply

He also gave us a map which was handy.

It was much zippier than expected and there is also very little storage room so I was finding it quite hard to navigate with the map flapping about in the breeze and keep hold of stuff at the same time

Happily we caught up with a trolley tour so managed to tag along for while for the first few buildings



Andy was very happy in his chariot



We took a different route from the trolley and headed out towards the sea front via the cemetery

We passed some beautiful homes on the way



I jumped out at the cemetery to have a look around



I find them such humbling places



Rows and Rows of unknown soldiers - so sad



The we zipped along the sea front



Passing the oldest house



And other places of note




Funky shot of us in the formula 1 golf cart



Andy parked up and waited in the cart while I had a look along the seawall and over to the square





Then we did a couple of circuits looking for somewhere to park



Which included ending up in one way streets with dead ends and no vehicles signs



Finally we got a spot on the sea front and secured the ticket under the window - I took a pic in case it blew away and we got a fine



We had another look around the square



It was all very interesting reading about the history. I would like to go in some of these places to look around - maybe on a week day when its not quite so jam packed

We were starting to get hungry now as it was getting towards mid-day

It was also really busy with it being Columbus Day weekend and lots of places looked packed out so headed away from the main square towards this row of stores



Look what was there ..





We ended up here by accident as itís at the end of the stores and as it was really quiet, we decided to try it out.

Not fancy but the food was good and the service was friendly








Andy had a burger



I had the mermaid flatbread. This was delicious. A bit spicy but really tasty




The fries were super salty tho. I couldnít finish them




It was incredibly hot and even more busy when we stepped out so we decided to call it a day. We thought it was a lovely place and we would definitely return as we had barely done it justice. I think maybe we would stay as there lots of lovely restaurants and bars and we quite fancied the distillery too



We took a walk over to the fort



it was another place that was very busy so we just walked round the outside

Then we were back in the golf cart and zipping off again - Andy was loving it



Well look at that "Wiley Hall"




Flagler College is very impressive



We were back at the rental place about 30 minutes before our time was up and everything was fine - look at the pumpkin display



Back at Palm Coast by 2.30 and we headed to the pool



Fighting for a space




Snackage was required



Isnít that a great mini cooler. Wine, water and coke. 👌

Plus these



Which I canít recall seeing in the UK. They are delicious!
After a nice couple of hours chatting to a few residents who came down to use the BBQ grill, we got changed and walked over to the European Village - it was a bit earlier this evening so no ninja squirrels or kamikaze cyclists

This time we tried out The Cork and Pint.





This was a really friendly place. Itís more of a rock bar than it looks. The bar tenders and other patrons shared appetisers with us of nachos and wings .

I chose a Chalk Hill rose which was almost red in colour.



Very different and very nice

Then we headed over to the Indian restaurant.

Yep an Indian restaurant.

Never done that before over here

It had got really good reviews from locals

It was packed outside so we opted for inside .

We had the place to ourselves .. as Andy demonstrates by accompanying the Bollywood musical numbers playing with his own Dad dancing




Yes Strictly contenders take note

On to the food.


These arrived while we were looking at the menu. To be honest, bit over cooked

The menu





Andy went for the mixed Tandoor and keema naan




Thatís my chapati in the foreground

I had the Chicken Biryani but asked for pot of masala sauce on the side



Well this was all scrummy. Incredible flavours. We had been unsure if it would compare to our favourite Indian at hone but wow this was outstanding.

Even with finding an unexpected egg in the middle of my dish



This meal was delicious and we pretty much ate the lot



Today had been such a lovely day - we had really enjoyed St Augustine but also enjoyed some time to chill out.

Tomorrow is HERE

Todayís cocktail tally: 0 tsk, tsk
Holiday total : 21
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Edited at 02:37 PM.
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What a chilled day and an Indian too! I can honestly say I have never had Indian food in Florida, looks scrumptious 😋
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The golf buggy looks like so much fun. And what glorious weather. Sometimes the unplanned days work out to be the best!

All the food looks delicious!
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What a lot of photos. Such a great day and it seems like you really enjoyed your impromptu trip out to St Augustine. I enjoyed looking at all the photos. The weather looks to be improved on previous days too.
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St Augustine by golf cart is a great idea - you managed to see loads.
Every single report I read about this place, I find more places we missed when we spent two days there
Such a fantastic place to see and is certainly on our list to see again on a future Florida trip
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That golf buggy looks fun and you had a good tour. Iíve never thought of having Indian food in the US - no good reason why though. Your meal looked nice
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Originally Posted by Tinkermom View Post
What a chilled day and an Indian too! I can honestly say I have never had Indian food in Florida, looks scrumptious 😋
It was delicious And a perfect end to a great day

Originally Posted by Melbatb View Post
The golf buggy looks like so much fun. And what glorious weather. Sometimes the unplanned days work out to be the best!

All the food looks delicious!
Totally... we had such fun. It was a glorious day.. just a tad too busy in the tiny streets but overall it was brilliant .

Originally Posted by Goldia View Post
What a lot of photos. Such a great day and it seems like you really enjoyed your impromptu trip out to St Augustine. I enjoyed looking at all the photos. The weather looks to be improved on previous days too.
Yes today was a unexpected highlight. Definitely one to go back too. Itís a beautiful place .. very quirky.

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St Augustine by golf cart is a great idea - you managed to see loads.
Every single report I read about this place, I find more places we missed when we spent two days there
Such a fantastic place to see and is certainly on our list to see again on a future Florida trip
Ha ha, I felt the same, Iíve seen places in other peopleís reports we didnít get to .. plus we didnít go in anywhere so I feel we missed loads as well!

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That golf buggy looks fun and you had a good tour. Iíve never thought of having Indian food in the US - no good reason why though. Your meal looked nice
We were a bit sceptical ourselves but it was totally tasty. Andys sold on golf cart and pedi cab touring now. No more walking for him
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Wow you packed a lot into one day! Great idea to hire the buggy. We loved St Augustine and will definitely return
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Great, impromptu visit to St. Augustine. It looks like such a lovely place to visit - very interesting. The golf cart sounds a fab way to get around and you managed to see loads.

Nice Indian meal to finish your day. It all looks delicious, and good value too.
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So is this going to be near your house?
Food looks lovely! Xx
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