El Galeon #FloridaForChristmas

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My dad commented the other day that he was sensing a theme in my photos – grumpy kid #1. And looking at these photos of our trip to the replica Spanish sailing ship, the theme sticks.

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All of us were happy, except for the kid in yellow. It must be a 4 years old thing. Or a he-was-sick-the-whole-time thing.

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At least we had one who was pleasant, although, sheesh! She is already demonstrating a strong will and a desire to have her way all the time. I didn’t realize one-year-olds would throw fits, but she does.

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The Galeon is a 1 to 1 replica of the Spanish merchant ships that sailed the seas in the 16th century, at the time when St. Augustine, the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the US, was founded.

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It is based in St. Augustine for several months and open for tours. Since my husband and I lived on a ship for a couple of years, we were interested to check it out.

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I’ll be honest, though, my favorite part was listening to the Spanish crew members talk to each other with their Spanish accents. But I didn’t take pictures of them, because that would be creepy.

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From the ship you have expansive views of the harbor, the bridge of Lions (which is a drawbridge! Exciting for little boys, even grumpy ones) and the history downtown with Flagler College towers.

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It was chilly out on the water, but nothing compared to the single digit temps we’d be experiencing just days later back in Oklahoma.

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