Oldest City Part 4 Old Fort and Last Day

On Sunday in Florida we decided we were going to see the old fort in the bay area of St. Augustine.

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

“The Spanish for, begun in 1672, stood firm against English attacks and helped Spain to hold Florida for many years. During the American Revolution, it was a British stronghold. Later it became a battery in the U.S. coastal defense system.”

I love old places and as you go down San Marcos Ave. before turning onto the Lion Bridge you see this stone wall stretching across the coastline. It was absolutely awesome to see all of the canons, people volunteering in period dress, watching the canon fire and listening to the volunteers speak Spanish. We didn’t take the tour, but we wandered throughout the fort hither and thither among the peoples.

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Jesse's face.

Jesse’s face.

The fort flies the Burgundian Saltire flag. It is one of six that the Castillo has flown throughout its history.

Carving of a ship on the wall inside the barracks.

Carving of a ship on the wall inside the barracks.

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Canon!!

Canon!!

Firing of a canon.

Firing of a canon.

This is where you would dip your fingers in holy water before entering the chapel.

This is where you would dip your fingers in holy water before entering the chapel.

800px-Castillo_de_San_MarcosThis is an aerial view of the fort. I got the picture from the wiki page. It is gorgeous all around and I’m hoping when we go back, we can do the ghost tour. At least there aren’t eight flights of stairs to climb. :/

The next morning we watched the sunrise over the ocean while walking along at high tide. We collected sand, shells, and seawater while watching joggers and early morning surfers. It was the best vacation I could have asked for. Jesse made sure to take me to all the places he had been when he was a child and shared stories. We hope to go back and fish off the pier. So we said goodbye to St. Augustine.

Goodbye ocean.

Goodbye ocean.

Goodbye Lion Bridge

Goodbye Lion Bridge

Goodbye church which I didn't go into but you're beautiful anyway...

Goodbye church which I didn’t go into but you’re beautiful anyway…

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Oldest City Part 3 The Lighthouse

If you ever go to St. Augustine, you will for sure see the iconic lighthouse.

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This is the same lighthouse that was featured on the show Ghost Hunters a few years back. They caught some pretty good stuff. Jesse and I did the Dark of the Moon Tour that takes place after dark. It’s a ghost hunting tour that takes you into the lighthouse and museum across the way. I didn’t have a really good camera at the time so I didn’t get any good photos. Our guide’s name was Matt, who is amazing with groups of people. He is also a huge Doctor Who fan. I will put up pictures from their Facebook page and leave the link below.

301428_10150408861835021_1090198960_nThe photographer is this particular photo is unknown to the employees of the lighthouse, but you can see a peeking figure looking over one of the landings.

Ah! Eyeballs!

Ah! Eyeballs!

A lady named Liz Mahmoud took this and enhanced it. It’s believed to be one of the little girls who drowned.

It’s things like this that happen on a daily basis in the lighthouse and the caretaker’s house. Jesse and I didn’t experience much other than readings on our EMF detectors. Honestly… I’m a smoker and I’m not in the best of shape. I will NEVER climb the lighthouse again unless I’ve quit smoking and got into better shape. By the fifth landing, I didn’t care what was gonna happen. Ghosts or whatever couldn’t have bothered me at that point. I was too exhausted.

If you ever go to St. Augustine, stop at the lighthouse. You will not regret making it to the top and looking over the ocean. Even at night it’s amazing. Ask for Matt.

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Oldest City Part 2 Ripley’s

So… after we went to the Alligator Farm, we took our happy selves to the Ripley’s museum on the main land. It’s on San Marco Avenue and right outside the gates is a Chinese statue.

Sooo pretty

Sooo pretty

Since I was a wee girl I loved Ripley’s Believe it or not. I used to check out books by Robert Ripley from the library. This was really a dream come true. I love love love oddities and strange artifacts from around the world. Jesse had never seen me fangirl that much in a long time. How about some pictures?

Vampire Killing Kit

Vampire Killing Kit

This is a vampire killing it from around 1840. The little plaque says: Stories involving people rising from the dead, drinking blood, and changing into bats have persisted in Europe for hundreds of years. Known as “vampires”, these ghoulish creatures can only be warded off or killed in a small number of ways according to legend. Travelers often carried a vampire killing kit like this set, which contains everything one would need to vanquish a vampire. 

Chinese Mice Wine

Chinese Mice Wine

Coal from the Titanic

Coal from the Titanic

Soon we entered a more gory part of the museum and one of my favorites: Torture devices and the like.

African Mask made of human skin

African Mask made of human skin

Iron Maiden of Nuremburg

Iron Maiden of Nuremberg

This Iron Maiden is from medieval Germany. They had it set up with a holographic image of a woman inside the damn thing. Fucking scary! But it’s gorgeous.

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Medieval Torture Mask

Medieval Torture Mask

For those who can’t see the tiny print on the plaque it says: In the middle ages people who committed minor offenses were often forced to wear iron masks, called branks. These branks came in many shapes and were intended to humiliate the wearer as well as cause discomfort. Yeah… wear that on your face for a while.

Persian Flail

Persian Flail

Used throughout history as a form of torture, flails were the weapon of choice to extract confessions during the Spanish Inquisition. Don’t you just want to hit someone you can’t stand with one of those?

Two Headed Calf!

Two Headed Calf!

Wanna see something creepy?

BOOM VOODOO WAX DOLL!!

BOOM VOODOO WAX DOLL!!

This is a Haitian Wax Voodoo Doll that was originally own by Emperor “Papa Doc” Duvalier of Haiti in the 1960s. Oh my gods it’s creepy.

Here’s some cool magick for you:

Pennsylvannia Deutsch Hex Symbol

Pennsylvannia Deutsch Hex Symbol

Attached to the sides of barns throughout Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, symbolic circular hex symbols are used by the Pennsylvania Deutsch farmers to ward off evil spirits, fire, lightning, and sickness.  Looks like they brought some of that good ol’ timey magick from Germany with them. You see them on many of the barns built around the south as well.

Zoltar! I got my fortune from him. :)

Zoltar! I got my fortune from him. 🙂

Chinese Ship made of Jade

Chinese Ship made of Jade

Chinese Dragons in Ivory

Chinese Dragons in Ivory

LOOK AT THAT DETAIL!!

LOOK AT THAT DETAIL!!

Tribal Penis Sheath. You put your penis in there.

Tribal Penis Sheath. You put your penis in there.

Okay, so that’s all the picture that were decent enough to put on here, but there is SOOOO much more to see in the museum. I want to go back as soon as we get the chance. If you love this kind of stuff, I suggest you find a museum near you and GO!! You will have so much fun and love every second of it. I promise.

Oldest City Part 1 Animals!

For our honeymoon, Jesse and I went to St. Augustine, Florida.

Is that not absolutely beautiful?

Is that not absolutely beautiful?

Oh. My. God.

I had never ever ever been to the ocean in my 23 years of existence. I was not disappointed. We arrived at the hotel around 1 a.m. so I only caught glimpses of the bay when we passed over the long ass bridge. The town itself was very well lit even that late at night and I got to see the lighthouse and cross the beautiful Lion Bridge (pictured above). Our hotel was right on the beach. I could hear the waves when we got out of the car and it was windy as hell. The best thing of all that night? Jesse walked me halfway to the water and you could see so many stars! I saw a tiny shooting star streak across the sky and my heart almost exploded. It was just so magical standing there holding his hand in the middle of the night on a beach.

The next morning we went to the Alligator Farm on Anastasia Island where we were staying. Jesse had been to St. Augustine when he was younger and said wonderful things about it. He wasn’t wrong when he said it was awesome. Now being from the south, I’ve seen the usual alligators and swamp creatures, but I don’t think I’ve seen so many in one spot.

I called them dragons, but most people call them crocodiles.

I called them dragons, but most people call them crocodiles.

Fat, lazy dragons.

Fat, lazy dragons.

Here's an actual dragon we saw.

Here’s an actual dragon we saw.

They had this one exhibit honoring the biggest croc they had at the zoo. I mean he was frickin monstrous. They named him Gomek and he was brought from Papua New Guinea. There was a life sized model of him in the middle of this room.

Look at dude's face on the TV. Hehehehe.

Look at dude’s face on the TV. Hehehehe.

Here are his measurements. 17 ft 9 in. Almost a ton

Here are his measurements. 17 ft 9 in. Almost a ton

There was so much beautiful wildlife and so much to see. It was a lot bigger than what I had originally guessed. Also, quite a few Buddha statues sitting around. Here are more photos.

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So. Many. Gators!

So. Many. Gators!

Lazy Lemur? or dead Lemur? Okay it's just lazy.

Lazy Lemur? or dead Lemur? Okay it’s just lazy.

 

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