First weekend in Orlando: Part two – spooky!
Sunday was an amazing day filled with taxidermy, the weird and the wonderful, and good company. Sabrina and her boyfriend Al took us to St. Augustine, and some other pretty incredible places. It felt like real “America”.
Our first stop: Taxidermy. Not just taxidermy, quality taxidermy, on the side of the road.
We managed to get a behind the scenes tour of where Kyle, the taxidermist and general manager of Quality Taxidermy, butchers and stuffs the lovely birds, snakes and gators he sells in his job. He also seemed to live back there, in one of the ominous trailers, one featuring a hanging gator in the doorway.
We bought a gator back scratcher and key ring (I’m holding the backscratcher in the pic on the right), amazing!
The next stop Sabrina spotted, again on the of the road, after driving through a scary country town with wooden porches and endless forests. She swerved in as soon as she saw this incredible sign:
Another amazing find. We bought this cute REAL alligator head. Just $10!
We also bought some INCREDIBLE postcards. Some of the best souvenirs I think we have ever bought on our travels.
The main focus of the trip was to get to St. Augustine, the oldest settlement in America. It has some beautiful wooden Victorian houses, with so much character. The weather was a little bleak, but it didn’t really matter. In some ways it made the houses and streets look even older.
Sabrina and Al had been before and so they took us for some great lunch at the Floridian, this is Stephen’s Meatloaf sandwich.
We had booked tickets on the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! touring train, and had the best tour guide/MC. He showed us “The oldest street in America” amongst other extraordinary sites, mostly churches.
This is the oldest street in America, oh yeah:
We checked out a few bars, as the rain got worse, and made friends with local historical dude and I got a photo with another of the world’s Charlotte Streets:
We visited Wolf’s Museum of Mystery, a museum dedicated to serial killers circus memorabilia. The great thing about this museum is you pay $5 to get in, and can then spend that money on buying anything in the museum, as everything is for sale. We bought an 80s Dracula magazine.Amazing.
Our final visit in St. Augustine was the Ripley’s ghost train. We toured the town hearing ghost stories and hoped on and the train at spooky locations, and with our special ghost detectors we were told if our radar goes up we should snap a photo to catch the apparition in action.
Thanks for reading! Fingers crossed the rain will stop!