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The Conquistadors, Corsairs and Capitalist walking Tour St Augustine is a 90-minute walking tour. The tour, guided by a local, highlights key events in St Augustine’s history as you stroll through the streets of St Augustine.
What’s included in the walking tour
A 90-minute tour that takes you back to the days of pirates, world explorers and monarchs laying claim to territories in the New World – all the way to the civil rights struggle in the ’60s.
The tour guide discusses the timeline and the many changes that occurred in St. Augustine during the centuries.
Highlights of the Conquistadors, Corsairs and Capitalist Walking Tour St. Augustine
It was crazy hot. I’m sweating, and the tour hasn’t even started yet. Thank God I had a bottle of water with me.
I’m met by Amelia, the guide for the walking tour on the shaded steps of the Visitor Center. She offers me a bottle of water, but I indicate that I’ve already purchased a bottle at the Visitor Center.
I’m checked in, and we begin talking about the extreme heat. I’m starting to worry that I’m going to be the only person on the tour, which means I’m going to have to conversate. That is a lot of pressure for an introvert.
A cafe named Elvis
But Amelia doesn’t seem to notice that I’m feeling awkward. She pulls out her cellphone and shows me pictures of her recent visit to Israel. She tells me the food is fantastic in Jerusalem except for a horrible food experience at a diner called Elvis.
I hung on Amelia’s every word. I made a mental note to self to avoid Elvis Diner in Jerusalem should I ever get the chance to go to Israel.
By now the rest of the group has shown up, and we’re on our way!
Through the needle of time
The tour is fascinating. We make stops here and there in St Augustine as Amelia weaves us through the history of St Augustine. She is the needle, and we trail behind her like a piece of thread.
We go back and forth in time – from the colonial years, and the arrivals of the Greek immigrants to the arrival of Dr. Martin Luther King in St Augustine after a few high school students got arrested for eating at the counter at Woolworth.
What I loved about this walking tour
It was great how the tour guide, Amelia, was able to convey the history of St Augustine in such a way that made you feel like you were being bounced along a timeline. As if she was showing glimpses of snapshots in time.
It felt like I was switching through the channels of my TV – from colonial times to the occupation of the Spanish to the burning down of St Augustine to the civil rights era.
A great tour!
A side note: Be sure you bring plenty of water if you decide to do this tour. It is a walking tour (just under 2 miles of walking) so be sure you’re wearing comfortable walking shoes. A hat and sunscreen wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
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