Say what you will about Waycross, but there is one thing that it has working for it – it’s location. Within a couple of hours in any direction, you can be at a decent weekend destination. This weekend, we chose to visit an old favorite – St. Augustine.
It’s been several years since I last visited and I’m happy to say that not much has changed. Towns like St. Augustine seem to remain forever frozen in time, destined to pay eternal homage to historical roots. That’s a good thing, I suppose. St. Augustine has the unique feel of many Southern coastal cities, such as Savannah or New Orleans. No, it’s not a destination you’d like to spend a week, but a weekend is perfect.
The day started out early. Much of the morning was spent, of course at the outlet mall. The mall, I’m afraid to say, has seen better days. However, that wasn’t the point of the trip. The point was to get away for a little while and spend some time walking the ancient streets of the nation’s oldest city.
We visited a place in downtown St. Augustine today that I never knew existed, much less visited. It was the St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine. It was pretty impressive. Apparently, in the 1700s, around 400 members of the Greek Orthodox Church arrived in St. Augustine. The shrine included a museum showcasing centuries old icons and vestments. There was also a replica of a cathedral, which was absolutely immaculate. Of course there was a gift shop where we picked up a Lenten cookbook that features authentic Greek Orthodox recipes. That should come in handy in the next few weeks.
Other than that, the rest of the day was spent bouncing from shop to shop and enjoying the uncharacteristically warm weather. Overall, it was a great day.
Tomorrow, we’re going back into downtown to attend services at Trinity Episcopal Church. Whenever traveling, visiting a local Episcopal parish is always the perfect way to end the trip. The warmth of an Episcopal church is second to none. No matter where you go, you’re always at home.