Escape to the Old City: St. Augustine, Florida

Written by Nicole Brownfield

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§Colonial Spanish Quarter, a living museum where costumed interpreters relive a time when St. Augustine was a remote outpost inrepparttar Spanish Empire, will interest both young and old. Visitors experience how families lived, how they grew and cooked their food, and how they tended their livestock in 1740 St. Augustine. §The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, built in 1874 and still in use byrepparttar 143974 U.S. Coast Guard, preservesrepparttar 143975 history ofrepparttar 143976 St. Augustine Light Station and its associated maritime, coastal, and social history. Those daring to climbrepparttar 143977 219 steps torepparttar 143978 top ofrepparttar 143979 lighthouse are rewarded was a spectacular 360-degree view of downtown St. Augustine andrepparttar 143980 beach areas. §The Fountain of Youth, where Ponce de Leon used stone markers to draw out a cross whose center marked what he believed to be its exact location. The spring still flows and, whether seeking relief fromrepparttar 143981 Florida heat orrepparttar 143982 secret to eternal youth, visitors are invited to sample to cool waters. The grounds also include a village that was home torepparttar 143983 Timucua Indians for more than 1500 years, a planetarium where visitors journey throughrepparttar 143984 night sky, and pathways that visitors can stroll idly while examiningrepparttar 143985 native plants and historical artifacts alongrepparttar 143986 way.

In addition torepparttar 143987 charming waterfront reflectingrepparttar 143988 glories of Imperial Spain, St. Augustine has something for every member of your family. Children will enjoyrepparttar 143989 St. Augustine Alligator Farm,repparttar 143990 only place inrepparttar 143991 world where 23 species of crocodile can be observed. Historic tours ofrepparttar 143992 Old City are available in a myriad of forms. Visitors can choose to watchrepparttar 143993 world go by from a helicopter, open trolley, or horse-drawn carriage. If you’re looking for something unique, those with an interest inrepparttar 143994 paranormal can even take a ghost tour ofrepparttar 143995 city’s historic attractions and cemeteries in an authentic hearse. For help in planning a vacation torepparttar 143996 St. Augustine area, contactrepparttar 143997 St. Augustine Visitors and Convention Bureau at (800) 653-2489 or visit them onrepparttar 143998 web at

A Southern writer in her twenties, Nicole Brownfield enjoys writing about home, career, leisure, and travel.

A Florence Hills Tour

Written by Suzanne Morrison

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A guided walking tour ofrepparttar Florence hills will provide you with an insider's view of Florence & Tuscany - you can discoverrepparttar 143972 hidden treasures and learn of great legends and stories, giving you a more intimate experience ofrepparttar 143973 region of Tuscany. A walk throughrepparttar 143974 Florence hills is invigorating and you can soak uprepparttar 143975 beauty ofrepparttar 143976 surroundings as you breathe inrepparttar 143977 fresh air and bask inrepparttar 143978 warm sun. You'll also find plenty of photo opportunities as you pass by churches, castles, hill top towns and villages, olive trees and vineyards

If you're reasonably fit and have cycling experience you may want to take a Florence Hills Tour by bike. There are many tour companies that offer guided biking expeditions ofrepparttar 143979 area. With these tours you will cover more ground thanrepparttar 143980 walking tours and you will see many ofrepparttar 143981 different terrains and landscapes thatrepparttar 143982 Florence hills have to offer. Be sure to find out as much information as possible aboutrepparttar 143983 cycling route before you go, as many tours ofrepparttar 143984 Florence hills by bike can be arduous because ofrepparttar 143985 steep climbs that you have to make.

If you want to makerepparttar 143986 most ofrepparttar 143987 peace and quiet and spend a few more days enjoyingrepparttar 143988 countryside you may want to book a stay in one ofrepparttar 143989 many bed and breakfasts, hotels or villas inrepparttar 143990 Tuscan hills. Hiring a car will allow you to venture just that little bit further afield and visit some ofrepparttar 143991 beautiful Tuscan hill towns such as San Gimignano, Colle Val D'Elsa and Monteriggioni.

Regardless of how much time you have to spend there, a trip torepparttar 143992 hills surrounding Florence will give you a taste ofrepparttar 143993 Tuscan countryside that will help to make your trip just that little bit more special.

Suzanne Morrison is a keen independent traveller and considers Florence one of her favourite European cities. Visit her website to learn about more Florence Italy Sights

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