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Sometimes a girl’s gotta’ do what a girl’s gotta’ do!!!!    I needed a day off – from work, from everything.  I just needed to take a real break… so it was time for a “road trip”.   

I arranged this day off initially around my youngest daughter, Caitlin, who was off from work, too … but then, last minute, my oldest daughter, Christine, took a day off work and joined us!  So we had a good old fashioned “girls’ day”, just the three of us!

We started our journey driving down Highway AIA South towards St. Augustine, Florida.  (We live in Jacksonville Beach, Florida so it’s about a 40 minute drive.)  It’s a very beautiful and scenic route, and as we meandered south, the road took us alongside a beautiful view of the ocean.  We stopped in South Ponte Vedra Beach to snap just one or two pics of the beautiful ocean….. 

 

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And of course, what’s a trip without a “selfie” of my Caitlin…

 

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It happened to be Veteran’s Day and guess what?  As we arrived in downtown St. Augustine, we got caught in the middle of a Veteran’s Day parade.  We surely didn’t mind!  We parked, and we stopped just in time to see – what to me the best part of the parade – the Navy.  (I am a Navy veteran – please be sure to catch up on my Veteran’s Day post if you haven’t yet). 

http://www.lifeainteasystreet.com/?p=1523

 

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It was a gorgeous, sunny day in the 80’s.  We then strolled slowly through Old St. Augustine, down the alley ways across the cobblestone walkways, and in and out of a few quaint shops.

 

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And, of course we walked by the “Oldest Wooden School House”.

 

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Then, the girls and I crossed the street and walked next to the “Castillo de San Marcos” fort where we had taken many school field trips when the kids were in grammar school.  I was often a chaperone.  The fort is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States.  For more information on the fort:

http://www.nps.gov/casa/index.htm

 

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We sat on a park bench nuzzled between the fort and the beautiful bay, and we snapped lots of pictures.  What a gorgeous day full of life’s simple pleasures.

 

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By now, it was lunchtime, so we tried out Aunt Kate’s Restaurant on the water as my oldest daughter, Christine, has eaten there before and loved it! 

We sat outside…. and enjoyed a wonderful seafood lunch! 

 

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If you are in the St. Augustine or Northeast Florida area and looking for a great lunch, try Aunt Kate’s, I highly recommend it!  Great seafood! 

http://aunt-kates.com/

And… did I mention, this could be the last actual “road trip” with both girls for a bit?  Christine, my oldest, was 37 weeks pregnant at the time of this road trip and is due to have her first child – a boy, “Conrad” (named after my Dad) in early December.

 

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What a lovely day. I am blessed indeed! I love simple, relaxing days like these…. good mother – daughter time, and it hardly gets any better than this!

 

For more information on St. Augustine, the oldest city in the Country, check out http://www.oldcity.com/  and http://augustine.com/things-to-do/attractions 

 

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Bye for now. Maybe I’ll run into you walking the shops of St. Augustine my next visit!  Until then…..

~Clare  

 

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Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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