Castillo de San Marcos
Here we see the second Spanish guardroom. Once upon a time, this room and the guardroom directly beside it were part of one large room. They were separated during wide-scale renovations in the 1730s through the 1750s. There are no bunks here currently, but there’s some interesting colonial graffiti. Note the rustic fireplace. Directly to the right and out of view is the carcél or prison, a fascinating place (if undeniably creepy).
Fountain of Youth
This is a tropical paradise if I ever saw one. The palms, the Spanish moss on the ground, the tiki torch, the ancient pottery and rusty anchor . . . what's not to love? You can tell it was a dreary day, but as long as it’s not raining, it’s not a deal-breaker. Also note the benches where you can sit and reflect on the Florida beauty all around you. Did they invent teleporting devices yet? I’d like to go right now, please.
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