|Breakfast on the porch of our Inn|
St. Augustine is a small town, only a little over 12,000 people live there (but I think there were at least that many tourists there), and it is the oldest continually inhabited town in America. It was founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565 where he established the Castillo. The Spanish held Florida till 1763 when the British took it. Then in 1783 the American government gave it back to the Spanish in repayment for their help in our War of Independence. In 1821 Florida was given back to the Americans and it became the 27th state in 1845.
|Old Town St. Augustine|
We ate in a Cuban restaurant called Habana Village Cafe and the meal was excellent. Mac had Lechon Asado which is pork roasted Cuban style while I had Pollo a la Plancha which is grilled chicken. Both meals came with black beans and rice and fried yucca. We also had large salads with house dressing. It was all so good, particularly the black beans which were cooked in an adobo sauce. Cuban food is different from Mexican food, spicy, just not hot spicy, and more like Spanish food with a Caribbean twist. We almost didn't eat there having walked by the front, seen their limited menu and passed on. Then as we were walking down the street behind it we could smell the food cooking in the kitchen and knew it was the place for us and it did not disappoint!
The next day deciding to give the beach a miss because we go to the beach several times a year we instead headed to the zoo at Jacksonville, as did every school kid in northern Florida. But once inside everyone spread out and it was lovely. A warm, not hot, morning and we stayed till noon. As before our favorite part was the amphibian/reptile house which is also home to the bats. Mac is in love with the poison arrow frogs, they had red, blue, green and yellow ones.
|Japanese Gardens at the Zoo|