Mother’s Day in St. Augustine

This morning, I prepared a breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast, and coffee for the mother of my three children. Afterwards, we walked two or three blocks to the oldest protestant church in Florida, Trinity Episcopal Church for worship. This church also has some of the oldest and most beautiful stained glass windows of any Episcopal church in the state. We were thankful to be able to worship in such a beautiful edifice. The liturgy was beautiful as well.

Breakfast for Mama

Breakfast for Mama

Dinghy ride into town for church and leisure

Dinghy ride into town for church and leisure

St. Augustine Hibiscus

St. Augustine Hibiscus

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

DSCN7519

Interior of Trinity

Interior of Trinity

After our time of worship, we walked several blocks up King Street to have lunch at Carmelo’s Pizzeria, reported to have the best pizza in St. Augustine. We were not disappointed. The Carmelo’s supreme was wonderful, although we ate so much we didn’t feel so wonderful when we left. Caddy-corner from the pizzeria was the San Sebastian winery. Some say that this area is the birthplace of American wine dating back to 1562. The primary grapes used in the making of San Sebastian wines are hybrids and muscadine. We took a self-guided tour and wine tasting. We were impressed with the sherry and port, so we purchased a bottle of port for aboard Beatitude.

Great Pizza for Lunch!

Great Pizza for Lunch!

Wine Tasting and Tour

Wine Tasting and Tour

On our way back toward town, we stopped at Whetstone’s Chocolate for a little dessert. We also stopped in a couple of art galleries, of which there are many in St. Augustine. We ducked into the gorgeous lobby of Flagler College, which once was Flagler’s Ponce De Leon Hotel. Multiple presidents and others who were rich or famous have stayed in this building. Afterwards, we walked into the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, originally established in 1565, making it the oldest church is Florida. When Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés first spotted land in Florida in 1565, it was the Feast Day of St. Augustine of Hippo. He, therefore, named his first settlement, St. Augustine. The parish is the oldest parish in the United States. The Cathedral was beautiful, with stunning stained glass windows, primarily depicting events in the life of St. Augustine.

The Ceiling of the Lobby of Ponce De León Hall

The Ceiling of the Lobby of Ponce De León Hall

Lobby of Ponce De León Hall

Lobby of Ponce De León Hall

IMG_2281

The Lightner Museum, housed in the historic Hotel Alcazar

The Lightner Museum, housed in the historic Hotel Alcazar

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine

The rear wall of the nave

The rear wall of the nave

St. Augustine being baptized by St. Ambrose

St. Augustine being baptized by St. Ambrose

The altar in the side chapel

The altar in the side chapel

St. Augustine with St. Monica

St. Augustine with St. Monica

We continued our leisurely stroll through the city by turning left on St. George’s Street, which becomes a pedestrian thoroughfare a block or two off of King Street. We enjoyed the crowds and the shops as we made our way to our dinner destination. Cindy and I decided to stop in a shop and have an “old-time” photo made of the two of us. It had been almost 40 years since we’d done such a thing. It was quite amusing. After resting for a soda, we continued up St. George’s street. Not too much further along, we stumbled across the St. Photios Greek Orthodox Shrine, dedicated to the first colony of Greeks who came to the United States in 1768. The shrine is lavishly decorated in the Byzantine style. It was heavenly to stand inside, affected by the visual beauty, while Orthodox chanting and music was being played in the background. What a refreshing interlude from the heat and busyness out in the street. The building also contains a museum with exhibits about life among the first settlers, as well as the development of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.

Mutiny on the Beatitude!

Mutiny on the Beatitude!

St. Photios Greek Orthodox Shrine

St. Photios Greek Orthodox Shrine

DSCN7560

After another half mile of walking, we arrived at the restaurant which I had reserved for Cindy’s Mother’s Day dinner, The Raintree Restaurant. It resides in a century-old Victorian building and serves fantastic food. Since we were celebrating Cindy’s special day, we both had the filet, which was heavenly. By the time we were finished with dinner, the heat of the sun had subsided, making for a refreshing mile-long walk back to the marina along the waterfront.

Mother's Day Celebration Dinner

Mother’s Day Celebration Dinner

Filet

Filet

Drawbridge up on the Bridge of Lions

Drawbridge up on the Bridge of Lions

DSCN7575

At the Marina

At the Marina

What a great day in St. Augustine!

Sunset over St. Augustine

Sunset over St. Augustine

We'd better behave ourselves

We’d better behave ourselves

9 thoughts on “Mother’s Day in St. Augustine

  1. St. Augustine is a beautiful city. We loved it so much we extended our stay by a couple of days when we stopped there on our sail back from Canada. Love your photos!
    Blessings, Hope (SV CARSON G II)

  2. T
    Hanks for the history lesson on “St. Augustine” . I must go see it some day. beautiful pictures, by the way !!

  3. Pingback: Our First Destination: St. Augustine, Florida | Beatitude II

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *