Monday, March 22, 2010

Weekender Trip

Last month, Erv and I went to Florida to help celebrate my mom's surprise birthday weekend. It was great seeing my parents and brothers, sister, and their families. On our way home, we stayed a few days in St. Augustine.
The hotel we stayed in had such beautiful architectural accents and this incredible mirror opposite the elevators.

The detail was amazing . . .

After settling into our room, we went down to the lobby bar for a bite to eat, to tide us over until dinner. While sitting there, I noticed this pretty chandelier hanging from a cove ceiling, painted blue with gold accents.

The shrimp cocktail was delicious and sat on wonderfully flavored greens. Very refreshing!

Painted details are everywhere; the columns were stunning!

Down the street from the hotel, on the other side of the park, is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine and it's filled with beautifully painted images in varying hues of gold, red, green, and blue. In the gift shop you will find unique religious items and other interesting memorabilia.

Our last night there, we walked to Flagler College, where they allow you to enter the lobby and take photos. Here is a photo of the main entrance of the college during the day:

Flagler College is the former Ponce de Leon Hotel and is filled with incredible detail. The frogs are part of a fountain, just outside the lobby doors.

All my pictures here were taken with my iPhone, so the evening pictures are not as defined. However, I'd like to share a few photos of the college lobby, here.

Stairs leading up to the female dorm rooms:

Lobby rotunda:

Some of the detail found on lobby walls:

The female guard encouraged me to slip into the ladies room to see more. This is a portion of what I found:

Back to the rotunda before we left . . .