Friday, July 27, 2012

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine is just 2 hours drive from our place. The road trip is on the coastal road with the view of the Pacific Ocean passing by Daytona Beach, the mecca of motor sports. If you are traveling to Saint Augustine, you should take an hour or two and splash on the water of Daytona beautiful beach before heading to Saint Augustine.In the vicinity of the old town of Saint Augustine there stood the oldest masonry fort of the US along the shore of Matanza Bay. I took the picture above as we head to the entrance of the fort.This is the main gate of the fort. The area is 20.5 acres big and includes a reconstructed section of the walled defense line. The details of the architectural design of the fort are distinctive and unique. Castillo de san marcos is an excellent example of the "bastion system" of fortification.We came here twice on our last visit and we truly enjoyed checking out each weapons and armory, old memorabilia, and canons displayed at the top of the fort. If you stand where the canon was, you will see the entire Bay area. No wonder that this fort successfully defend it's territory against British attacks.Would you like to see some videos of ghost stories in San Marcos? Check it out in YouTube "Ghost Adventures Castillo de San Marcos" and find out what happened to the team of Ghost Adventure.Honestly, the city of Saint Augustine is creepy and eerie at night. When we leave the fort as they close at about 6PM, we walked across the street to locate our car in the parking lot nearby the church. We were lost in downtown and though we hear the music of the bars nearby, we cannot find our way and there was no one on the streets but us. It was about 9PM when we found a guard of the Flagler College and asked for direction. We were not scared with ghosts but, we were looking at our back as if someone is following us.

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