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Sunday, March 28, 2010


A few Days In St Augstine

Oh! St Augustine! One of our most favorite cities! 

The countries' oldest city. Full of history and tradition. Full of restaurants and boutique shops and ancient buildings! We have had the good fortune to visit the city several times and so this trip only afforded a few pictures. 

I'll just post them here. 
No order or right or reason.
Just what took my fancy!

They have been rebuilding the Bridge of Lions for several years. It was due to be done before we arrived, but just like any other enormous project, it had fallen behind. These workmen were welding.
 The sparks caught my eye!

Many of the buildings are so old and the architecture is eye candy for us. 

New restaurants, new food. 
It's part of what traveling is all about for us.

 The Santa Maria is one of the oldest places and sits out on piers right across the street from one of our favorite old motels. The food is good, with an expected selection of seafood and steak dishes and hush puppies.
Opened on Sept. 15, 1954 by Louis and Marguerite Connell, they built a successful business with very little money and lots of hard work. In 1964, Hurricane Dora hit and the building was closed for nine months. Over the years, several renovations and additions were completed to accommodate the increase in diners.
 For me, the main attraction of this place is that you can feed the fish and birds through portholes around the bases of the windows. Lift a wooden flap and you've got a straight, open shot to the water. Your waitress will bring a basket of day old bread and buns to your table for you to beak up and slide through the slot. It's hilarious to see how the birds and fish jump on it! You'll see mullet, catfish, pan fish, trout and needle fish from March through September. In the winter months the birds will arrive to enjoy the buffet! Of course there's always a good chance to see a Manatee or Dolphins!
Mr Connell passed Dec. 31, 1970 and this landmark is now run by his son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Sylvia Connell.

 Now to Salt Water Cowboys!
I do not know for the life of me how we've never found this place before, but it's true!
If you are anywhere within driving distance to St Augustine, you really MUST go there and eat.
I know... it's just an old Fish Camp in the swamp, but this place makes heavenly food and the atmosphere is awesome! A vintage building, just whitewashed as it was and someone slapped a tin roof on it to keep the rain out. I am sorry I did not take my camera inside, but who knew? There's pictures posted on their website, link below.

This is the side of the building. They had a lineup before the doors opened and still when we left. They have a little Dutch Door there to serve drinks to those in the lineup. No-one seemed to be impatient or ornery and when you taste the food, you'll understand why.

Here's the link: Salt Water Cowboys.

I had a full rack of wood smoked ribs and Dick had Jambalaya. Beers and a half pound of peel and eat shrimp and our bill was only $45.00 with tip! In and out in an hour and a half! 

Ok! So all this talk is making me miss St Augustine already! Several trips and many days spent there and I can hardly wait to go back! That's the sign of a good destination, isn't it?

All of these photos were again shot and loaded directly from my Nikon P90 and then posted without alteration of any kind.


Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, now I have a hankering for ribs!! And the Santa Maria sounds like an absolutely enchanting place!!! I think I must put it on my "To Visit" list! And as always, your photos are glorious! Now, I must go to the refrigerator as I am ravenous!!! ;-) Love, Janine XO

DJan said...

Wow, look at that line to get in! And I'll go check out their website, since I'm not likely to be on the road in that part of the country any time soon. A lovely little spot on our car trip, which I am really loving!

Eva Gallant said...

The photos are great; especially the night one with lights reflected on the water.

Jenn Jilks said...

You have so much fun, don't you?! We pretty much stick close to home. With 3 cats...but we do plan a trip to England in the fall.
Thank you for visiting My Muskoka !

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Yes Jenn, we do have fun. We also have a woman who comes and lives in our house to cat sit. We couldn't leave her alone otherwise.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I loved seeing the pictures as that's a place I've never been. What fun you all had on your trip!

Buttercup said...

I've had St. Augustine on my "to visit" list for quite awhile. Now that I see your pictures and the menu for "Saltwater Cowboys" I think it needs to move higher on the list.

Jemi Fraser said...

Wow - I'm hungry now :) Gorgeous photos. I've never been to this area, but it sounds wonderful! Now... what are hush puppies? I know you're not talking shoes!