Thursday, July 30, 2015

July 31, 2015

Mission Nombre de Dios

The chapel of La Leche at the Mission Nombre de Dios embodies a great many interests: ancient Spanish architecture, a religious retreat for those spiritual-minded, a lovely, peaceful sojourn for any person of any creed, and a setting known for its natural Florida beauty. If you’re lucky enough to have the chapel to yourself, take advantage, and if you have to stand outside for a minute or two while someone else is finishing up their peaceful moment, it’s well worth the wait. Unfortunately, the grayish sky seen on this photo is the sort of sky we often have when we traverse the mission grounds . . . which is fine as long as there’s no accompanying tornado warning :-)

St. George Street

Ah, St. George Street, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. This view shows the old City Gate and the street from San Marco Avenue. The gates look pretty good for being over 200 years old. From this angle you can see St. George Inn, Kilwin’s Ice Cream (gotta try this sometime), and an American flag flying in the breeze. You can also see the wooden roof and dormer window of the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, which has stood the test of time since the late 1700s. St. George Street is definitely a mixture of old and new; most of the houses are reconstructions, but some are original and date from the 1700s and 1800s. 

(c) 2015 St. Augustine Fridays

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