Tallahassee, the Capitol of Florida left an impression on us as we explored the Museums, old French quarter, tree lined streets with historical houses and the Mission San Luis replica of a 17th century community which was occupied by the Apalachee Indians and Spaniards who were drawn together by religion as well as military and economic purposes. The Old Capitol, a Greek Revival building was built in 1845 and restored between 1978 & 1982. It is now a museum of great historical significance. We found it incredibly interesting especially to see the Senate and House of Representative Rooms, the Governor’s Suite and Supreme Court. These areas have been refurbished as they were in 1902. The new Capitol Building is 22 floors high. We were able to tour a couple of levels and take the lift to the 22nd floor where there is a 360deg view of the City.
No plush leather chairs, laptops, mobile phones, televisions, limosines and chauffeurs. Wonder how our politicians would have managed! Governor had a staff of four including a stenographer. How many on the President’s and our PMs staff? What does that say!
The Mission San Luis is a living history site & national historic landmark. The tour took us around the Apalachee Indian council house, Franciscan church, military complex and spanish and indian fort. Information boards explain life as it was in this 17th century community.
The Council House slept up to 1500 Indians all around the perimeter as well as visiting natives from other areas. The Chief had his own raised area.There was a large area left open at the top and logs were burned underneath constantly so that if it rained the heat would evaporate the moisture and in summer the heat of the fire would draw the cool air in. Very ingenious. Where the Indian Community House was round and open the Spanish Homes were divided into living and bedroom.
We visited the Tallahassee Museum which is a living history dedicated to the pioneers of Florida and has animals native to Florida. We looked through a 1920s red wooden caboose, a 1930s African-American Church and Bellevue, the Tallahassee cotton plantation home of George Washingtons great grand-neice. We saw Florida panthers, bobcats, red wolves, alligators, black bears, birds of prey to name a few. The Park features adventures for children of all ages with Tree to Tree adventures courses.
While walking Katie around our complex a snake very similar to this one slithered across the pathway in front of me. We like to take her through along the paths and roadways and then around the perimeter. I think her pounding along must have disturbed the snake and I came along. I also just happened to be in thongs, lesson learnt as they are very venomous. Black bears have also been sighted in the vicinity. People are told to house their garbage bins in sheds or secure with a lock.
Well weather is still awesome. Sunny hot days, water 25 degrees, so many people on the beach sitting under umbrellas in beach chairs. Can’t understand why more people don’t go into the water which is so calm and chrystal clear (are you getting sick of me repeating myself). Honestly Duncan and I feel like we are on an extended summer holiday and will make the most of it as we only have five weeks to go. I have had my card confiscated as my wonderful husband thinks he has to reign in my spending. We are off to Orlando (DisneyWorld) soon so he will have to give it back. Ha Ha.
Look our for Part 2 of Tallahassee Tourists. Until then – Silver Nomads