Jillian Chantal here. I hail from the northwest part of the awesome state of Florida. We have a lot to offer to pretty much anyone except winter sports enthusiasts. We have beaches, hiking, cities with cultural events and even ice hockey teams, believe it or not- so I guess we can make that winter season fan a bit happy.
Betcha didn’t know how Florida got its name. In the 1500s there was a Spanish Explorer named Ponce de Leon who was searching for fountain of youth and landed on the east coast near present day St. Augustine on Palm Sunday. He called the peninsula where he and his men came to rest, La Florida, as the spring flowers were blooming. Florida means flowering in Spanish.
Another cool fact about Ponce de Leon is that he was with Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the new world in 1493. He chose not to return to Spain with Columbus but remained in the Caribbean.
Being from Pensacola on the other end of the panhandle from St. Augustine, I have to mention the friendly rivalry between the two cities. Pensacola was the first Spanish/European settlement in 1559 but was decimated by a hurricane within a month- the survivors struggled for a while but abandoned their efforts to colonize in 1561. In 1565, St. Augustine became the oldest continuously occupied European city on the American continent. So, the two cities have a claim to fame that sometimes the citizens may get a bit bent about. LOL
Both cities are amazing places and have a lot to offer. When my son married a girl from the southern part of the state, they chose St. Augustine for their wedding as it is such a lovely place and about half way from Pensacola to the Palm Beaches.
If you’re looking for a beach vacation with a little bit of historical flavor, both cities have both. Take a swim or go boating in the morning and tour a fort or a historical home in the afternoon. Or visit a cool lighthouse. And if you’re a fan of ghost tours (like me!)- that’s a fun thing to do in the evening.
Come on and check us out.
I love history and have written some 20th-century-set historical romances as well as Regencies. I have a new book out as of January 29, 2017 called The Bachelor and the Dowager – check it out on my Amazon page if you like Regencies.
Have you ever been to either Pensacola or St. Augustine? If so, tell me your favorite part of either city. If not, tell me what you like better: beaches or history. I’ll be giving away one e-book copy of my new release to two commenters.
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