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The Colonial Quarter & Castillo de San Marcos | Historic St. Augustine, Florida

Prior to the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock and before the English colony of Jamestown, there was St. Augustine in Florida. It was founded as a settlement in 1565 by Pedro Menendez de Aviles, which makes it the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European and African American origin in the United States. Castillo de San… Continue reading The Colonial Quarter & Castillo de San Marcos | Historic St. Augustine, Florida

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Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park | Discovering St. Augustine, Florida

The first time I read about the Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth, I was in grammar school and I was intrigued. As with the many other stories of explorers and interesting places around the country, I wanted to visit historical St. Augustine. It was not until recently when I was… Continue reading Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park | Discovering St. Augustine, Florida

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Aran Islands – Inis Mor | Discovering Ireland

Exploring the Aran Islands was one of those "off the beaten track" trips that I had taken while traveling through Europe. They are not resort style islands with sandy beaches, and vacationers tanning on beach towels. The Aran Islands were rocky, cold, and windy. The ferry ride from Galway was frigid, and far from being… Continue reading Aran Islands – Inis Mor | Discovering Ireland

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Cebu City’s Spanish Heritage Sites | Exploring the Philippines

On my first adult visit to Cebu, where my parents and family originated from, I made it a point to visit many of the Spanish heritage sites. I think that I was trying to understand my Spanish DNA (as per Ancestry .com) as much as possible, even if it were only through buildings and monuments.… Continue reading Cebu City’s Spanish Heritage Sites | Exploring the Philippines