Sunday, November 18, 2012

St. Augustine Shrine


There are so many wonderful places to see in St. Augustine, Fl. This is one of those towns where every little corner hides a gem. And because it's so walkable, you can discover all the rich gifts that the oldest city in America has to offer, on foot! "Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European and African-American origin in the United States." The character of this beautiful town is best revealed in the respect given to the Shrine of our Lady of La Leche, a mission that devotees have been flocking to for centuries, in order to gain the blessing of the Mother Mary. Here you can light a candle for a special prayer and place it upon her altar.


After your blessing, the wonders of St. Augustine will start to take shape at your every turn. Follow the beckoning promenades, which inspire you to walk and walk...





  
On your path, you will dicover incredibly stately, 100 year old historic homes.






Quaint Inns, welcoming you into their comforting abodes...






And a grand ole hotel, called the Casa Monica, fit for a Queen.


The galleries are glorious in this old town. So much exquisite art, jewelry and all manner of boutique shopping..


   


  



And if you tire of walking, you can always catch a ride in a horse drawn carriage or take the trolley round.



But best of all, here in St Augustine, you have the beaches! The exquisite ocean gleaming just round the bend.




Boating and surfing are both on offer along these picturesque waterways.



The spirit of the Good Saint is definitely alive in this coastal paradise. You feel her warmth and grace all throughout and a sprinkling of her starlight stays with you even as you venture onto other shores.




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