St. Augustine, Florida, November 20-27, 2004 -- Boat Tour, Wednesday, November 24

Another way to see St. Augustine is from the water. The ride promised to be smoother than the trolleys, so we went.

First, though, we decided to have lunch at the A1A Ale House, right at the corner of King and Avenida Menendez. The view from the second-story balcony where we ate was spectacular.

View of the waterfront

As you can see in this view of the marina from the Ale House, the day started out beautifully, with lovely blue sky.

The municipal marina

By the time we started the tour, however, things looked a little more ominous. Fortunately, we didn't suffer anything more than a few sprinkles, but the wind blew the deck chairs around. This shot is a view of downtown, and is kind of a counterpart to the nighttime shot of the same scene from the night before, which was from across the Matanzas River on Anastasia Island.

Downtown St. Augustine, seen from the boat

Another view of downtown St. Augustine.

Another view of downtown from the boat

No trip around St. Augustine would be complete without seeing the Castillo de San Marcos.

Castillo de San Marcos

And no guided tour of St. Augustine would be complete without an extended dissertation from the tour guide on the qualities of coquina, the Silly Putty of the 16th century.

Close up view of one of the Castillo's towers

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