Our first stop was St Augustine, Florida, the oldest town, allegedly, in the United States.
St Augustine's fort of Castillo de San Marcos..
..came a little later, in the 17th century. It was attacked by the English (not technically British for another 5 years) in 1702. They were repulsed. Not such a good story.
I'd been to St Augustine before and found the old parts fascinating but saturated with tourists. Just like the Cotswolds. I did have my first taste of key lime pie there, though and it's still the best one I've ever had.
This time sister-in-law and I were after a different kind of refreshment.
St Augustine has a distillery and you can do the tour. It's a co-operative, using local ingredients like sugar cane and citrus and based in an old ice plant. I liked the instructions on the packing boxes.
Sensible for people with bad backs. Don't try shifting those barrels though.
Our guide mixed up samples of various cocktails
Using their own whisky, gin and vodka and special mixes.
First you need to crush your ice
And then it was tasting time!
Sadly the downside of visiting a distillery on a road trip is that one of you has to drive.
More to follow.....