“When I arrived, I was 135 years old, and now I feel 60 again!” remarked my father after tasting some authentic, sulphur-saturated water from the Fountain of Youth in
And no, the sexy diorama above—complete with a statue of old Juan in his fatal, thigh-exposing get up (“the shorter the skirt, the higher the nobility!” – our tour guide)—is, sadly, not the actual Fountain of Youth, but rather, a tourist mock up. The actual historic site of the famed, bubbling source of vitality, as sought and discovered by Juan Ponce de León in 1513, now appears as a pit in the ground; the rejuvenating “Water of Life” is currently filtered through a man-made tap for tourist-consuming purposes. Ever smelled and/or tasted warm sulphur water on a scorching summer day? Yummm…
And what a charming little city he left behind!
Do take the St. Augustine historic trolley tour and stop off at the Fountain of Youth Park, which provides enough activities to entertain a family of 10— an archaeological park, a planetarium, and a discovery globe, to name a few.
Oh yeah, and there are tons of beautiful peacocks (which are actually kind of scary, in my opinion…). Stay tuned for the upcoming peacock blog if you would like to view some more images of these fascinating creatures!
Gracias, Sr. Ponce de Leon….queremos beber de la fuente de la juventud cada día!