Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Friday, May 13, 2011

Apalachicola, Florida

I finally had my beach day.

My husband and I spent five days in beautiful Apalachicola on the Florida panhandle, just where the coast turns south.

It's also called the "forgotten coast" of Florida. No main interstate goes directly to or by Apalachicola. Therefore it has never been developed like the rest of Florida's beach communities.

No high rise hotels or condos. No McDonald's. Just a sleepy Florida town with bungalows and historic homes that probably looks much the same today as it did fifty years ago.

The beach in the photo is on St. George's Island, a barrier island on the gulf of Mexico. There were very few people there. You can see the closest ones in the photo above. My kind of beach. And it was pristine. That famous white sugar sand and the water was so warm! Tons of shells. It was heavenly.

Of course, with my penchant for history and graveyards, I had to visit the historic cemetery draped in Spanish moss that stood across the street from our bed and breakfast. It had Confederate Civil War graves and memorials to people who died of yellow fever.

I will be doing a post on some of the graves and the unusual statuary I found there.

If you'd like to have a look at The Coombs House Inn, here's the link: www.coombshouseinn.com.

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