Say road trip to me and you instantly grab my attention. A road trip is a fun way to ride on old routes and highways off the beaten path to stop off and tour towns and roadside attractions. I snapped the photographs on a road trip down Florida’s East Coast starting in Jacksonville to St. Augustine and ending at Epcot in Orlando.
Florida, the Sunshine State, has the oldest cities in America, and each one has a unique style. The pictures contain curves or reflections or both. Can you find the curve or see the reflection?
Jacksonville is in the northeast corner of the Panhandle. Florida is called the Panhandle because of the shape of this peninsula land base as it juts with the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Gulf Coast on the West. I started my trip in Jacksonville, the largest city in Florida, a bustling mix of business, arts and industry with the St. Johns River cutting a curve through the town. Jacksonville was established as a city by the French in 1562, but artifacts from the area date earliest inhabitants to living in the area in 2500 B.C. In 1821, the city was named for US President Andrew Jackson.
Main Street Bridge spans St. Johns River by the riverwalk
San Marco lions in the square
Fuller Warren Bridge also spanning St. John’s River by the riverwalk
St. Augustine is the oldest continually occupied—lived in—city in America. In 1513, Ponce de Leon came ashore and decided he like the place. As an old city, St. Augustine has a legend attached to it. The fabled Fountain of Youth is or was supposedly located somewhere in the city. The city’s climate is subtropical staying warm, sunny all winter. The historic town has a historic fort, lighthouse, old town, market and the stately Spanish Renaissance style Ponce de Leon Hall. The hall was once the luxury Ponce de Leon Hotel that became part of Flagler College.
St. Augustine Photos
Art for sale at a street market in St. Augustine.
Ponce de Leon Hall
Epcot at Orlando
Epcot and Disney World are not historic, but Orlando had European residents living among Native Americans since 1536. Disney World and Epcot Center made Orlando well-known throughout the world. Disney World was the innovation, and wildly imaginative conception of native Chicagoan, Walt Disney. Epcot, Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, offered me an amusement theme park version of a microcosm of scenic, historic slices of China, Italy, France, Mexico, United Kingdom, etc. I ended this trip at Epcot.
China Pavilion Reflecting Pool
Italy Pavilion Neptune’s Fountain