There is quite a bit to see in St. Augustine, but we were only spending one night so this time we didn't do too much tourist stuff. Last year we stayed at the St. Francis Inn, which was really nice and the breakfast were great. Our favorite breakfast at B&B's so far. This time we chose At Journey's End Inn, another bed and breakfast, after seeing it on Tripadvisor. For one night, the smaller room they offered was just right and a good price for St. Augustine. The innkeeper Ellen told us about two places that we had not seen before, the St. Photios Greek Orthodox Shrine on St. George St. and the Villa Zorayda house, which has only recently been restored and opened to the public. The shrine has the most beautiful icon murals! And you know how I love iconic art. I need to resize those pictures yet.
The Villa Zorayda was fascinating. Like all of these old historical houses, it is hard to image that families lived like this, huge houses and so much money to spend when most the nation lived so modestly. That is an old postcard above. Built in 1883 by Franklin Smith who loved the Alhambra Palace in Spain so much he patterned his house after it to 1/10 scale. It is strangely beautiful. Although it is from his trip to Spain, it is highly influenced by the Moorish architecture found there.
I haven't had time to do anything but download the pictures, so come by in the next few days to see more pictures.
I'm in the middle of painting an old, vintagey French Provincial dresser for my new studio. Nothing has been done in this room since the last you saw it except the messes or in organized stacks and the closet is almost empty. I have been wanting to do a fun paint combination of Tiffany blue and lime green on something, and this dresser was it. That blue has been calling to me for a couple of years and I thought about doing a room in it. The dresser we bought almost a year ago and the little blue bag has been waiting to show its true colors somewhere. Wow is that blue bright! A whole room would a bit much for me, but I'm loving the dresser painted with such whimsical abandon. It will hold lots of papers and art supplies. Just what I need, organization!
You know, no place like it and all that jazz!