The next day the trip continued to Saint Augustine. Saint Augustine is a city with plenty of charm and a rich and complex history. I really enjoy history so I set out to not only see many of the Catholic sites, but also an old boarding house which gave me an idea of how some of St Augustine's people lived during the colonial era. The Mission of Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of Leche is wonderful place to spend a little time. The old mission chapel is nice spot to stop and pray before Our Lady. With the changing of hands between the English the Spanish, the raiding pirates, and the severe weather of the area, this little chapel has been burned, damaged, destroyed and rebuilt many times. The small statue of Our Lady of Leche is a miniature of the one in the Cathedral-Basilica. This place is very special to our Catholic heritage in the US. It is the first place the Spanish set foot on American soil and held the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and it was the first permanent community of priests here as well. There is a small ancient cemetery on the beautiful grounds near the water. If you get the chance to stop by it is worth your time. There is also a nice gift shop on the left side of the chapel. You can learn more here.
The Cathedral-Basilica is also worth going to. It also has been rebuilt from a fire but is very charming with its Spanish-esque character. The most eye catching piece in the Cathedral is the statue of Our Lady of Leche on the back choir loft.
There is also a wonderful Orthodox Shrine of St. Photios that is worth going to visit. It is right in the old historic area and it is free to go inside. The iconography is fantastic. I will let the pictures do the talking.
Castillo de San Marcos is a historic fort built right on the inlet waterway to St Augustine. It was built to protect the city and has never been taken by force. I spent a couple of hours going through the self guided tour.
Here are some pictures of the historic district as I walked around. All in all it was a nice two day adventure.