Who else is familiar with the struggle to manage their schedule of multiple children?? With Emma away at school, it is definitely a priority to visit, and be part of her journey, whenever we get the chance. Her first year away definitely panned out much differently than I had expected. Sadly, chances to go visit, were far and few between, even with a flexible homeschooling schedule. We finally were able to squeeze in a day in St Augustine.
Students from Emma’s school took part in the Ramanza Festivale in St. Augustine, not far from her school. We were actually free that day, so we headed up early to spend some time around the city until Emma had to perform. Walking around the city has been on my bucket list since moving here. It was a short visit, but we were able to squeeze in some pretty fun things.
What We Did in St Augustine
While driving around for a parking spot, Le Macaron pastry shop caught Josephine’s eye. No surprise there! She loves her macarons. We popped into the cute, Paris themed shop for a quick treat.
A large variety of flavors for their macarons, we decided on coconut, Baileys, espresso, bubble gum, rose, and chocolate mint. My favorite ended up being the bubble gum.
Being a Catholic family, touring churches, especially historic basilicas, cathedrals, and shrines is something we enjoy. On top of that, the FIRST parish in America!! Therefore, it is also the oldest continuously running Catholic parish in America. We had to check it out. The wood beams stood out to us immediately. Such intricate detail on the beams.
Beautiful artwork on all the walls, and stain glass windows that are sure to grab you attention.
Cultural centers are becoming one of our favorite FREE historic adventures. They are filled with art, history and fun facts. St Augustine Cultural Center is located in the old governor’s building, just across from the cathedral.
It may be a little small, but it’s packed with local history, such as details on the first REAL Thanksgiving.
After the concert, we took time to walk around some of the alley streets with lots of shops and restaurants, taking the time to appreciate the old building details, and I LOVE old doors!!
We even came across the oldest wooden school house in America. If you go, be sure to check out the upper window! There’s a nice surprise.
Since our visit, we have learned that Romeo’s is no longer in business.
We ended up at Romeo’s for dinner. Our waitress was super sweet, and friendly. It was quaint and quiet. We had lasagna, alfredo, and flat bread pizza.
Our food was all wonderful, and check out this fresh bubble waffle sundae!!
Emma and I had already settled on the fact we wanted to get a homemade gourmet popsicle from Hyppo. I chose the blueberry lavender lemonade, and Emma had the pineapple blueberry. We were told the blueberries were freshly picked that morning, locally.
I know there is a lot more history in the oldest town in America. We all look forward to heading back for another day in St Augustine. If you have been to St Augustine, tell us your favorite things on Instagram so we can add them to our list!!
When you are staying in the St Augustine area, be sure to add
Ravine Gardens State Park to your itinerary.