Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 227      Rivers Edge Marina,
St. Augustine, FL     MM  777
Saturday April 9, 2011

Courtyard at the Lightner Museum

Price list for the Turkish baths
Turkish baths at the Alcazar Hotel

 Scarlett O'Hara's restaurant

The Gifted Cork wine store

We spent the morning washing the boat and doing laundry, but in the early afternoon we took a taxi to the Lightner Museum which is located across the street from Flagler College.  The museum was originally built by Flagler as the Alcazar Hotel.  It featured an indoor swimming pool, an exercise room, saunas, and other facilities for use by the guests of the Ponce de Leon Hotel.  The museum now features eclectic collections of antique furniture, mechanical musical instruments, and many stained glass works by Louis Tiffany. 
After exploring the museum, we again walked down historic St. George Street.  We stopped at a wine tasting at The Gifted Cork and then ate supper at Scarlett O’Hara’s.  After supper we went back to The Gifted Cork and bought some wine.    The shop owner was gracious enough to give us a ride back to the marina!  Now that’s service!

Total miles:   0       Total bridges:  0        Total locks:  0

Day 226      Rivers Edge Marina,
St. Augustine, FL     MM  777 

Friday April 8, 2011

 Statue of Henry Flagler

 Dome at the entrance

 Ornate ceiling in the dining room

 Dining room balcony where orchestras used to play

Tiffany glass in the dining room

 Tiffany glass on the staircase leading to the dorm rooms.

 Decorative towers are actually water towers that hold 16,000 gallons. 
The water is pumped from 7 miles south of town due to sulfur in the local water. 

Fountain in the courtyard is also a sundial

Rhett's Restaurant

We walked a little over a mile into town to tour Flagler College and discovered that the tour started at 1:30.  That gave us time to walk down St. George Street in the colonial quarter and grab a quick lunch at a restaurant called Rendezvous. 
Flagler College was originally built in 1888 by Harry Flagler as the Ponce de Leon Hotel.  It was an invitation-only winter retreat for the wealthy.   It has been beautifully restored and boasts the largest collection of original Tiffany glass in the United States.  It also features sculptures, mosaics, and fountains.  The cost to attend the 4-year, highly-rated college is $21,000 per year which includes room, board, and tuition. 
After the tour we walked back down St. George Street and found a great restaurant called Rhett’s which is right next to Scarlett O'Hara's.  The cheese and meat tray appetizer was delicious!  We walked back to the marina and had dinner at Hurricane Patty’s with Linda, Rich, Becky, and Carlton.     

Total miles: 0          Total bridges: 0         Total locks:  0

1 comment:

  1. Jim & Brenda:
    It was great to see you pass by Sunset Beach, NC with the rest of the Dream Catcher Great Loop convoy. I have a handfull of pictures that I will forward as soon as I find out how to pass them along.
    We look forward to seeing you in the Thousand Islands.