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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Saint Augustine, Florida

Yes! I am excited! On our wedding anniversary, hubby booked a hotel in Saint Augustine, Florida. I was fascinated when I googled this place because it is the headquarters for the Florida National Guard which comprises the Florida Army National Guard and the Florida Air National Guard. Below is an old map of St. Augustine which I snagged from google.Saint Augustine is known by other names such as: Ancient City or Old City. There are two main reasons why I am interested to see this place: 1. Saint Augustine was first sighted on Aug.28, 1565, the feast day of Saint Augustine of Hippo which happen to be the patron saint of Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines (my beloved hometown); 2. Saint Augustine was founded by a Spanish explorer in 1565, while my country Philippines was under Spain in 1521 and both places were mentioned in the Treaty of Paris. Spain ceded Saint Augustine to the British Rule during the Treaty of Paris in 1763 while; the Philippines was ceded by Spain to the United States for US$20 million in the 1898 Treaty of Paris.
The first thing that I will do while visiting this enchanting place is to visit the Catholic Church. The only huge contribution of Spain to my country was introducing the Catholic religion, and we remain as the only Christian nation in South East Asia up to the present and I am so grateful for that.
Anyway, I was checking an online party supply store today and bought some items which I needed for dinner gathering prior to our travel. A wedding anniversary celebration with friends, definitely a good idea.

1 comment:

  1. fascinating place... have fun cuz and advance Happy Anniversary :)


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