Day Trip to St. Augustine, FL

Monday, September 1, 2014

Since I lost most of my vision in my right eye two weeks ago I have spent every moment (outside of the doctor office or hospital) in the comfort of my own home. Partly because I've been too scared to leave the apartment by myself or with Wil. Well, today I felt decent and I overcame my fear of venturing out without my sight! Wil took me to San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine, FL. A perfect way to celebrate my sense without sight! The tour was very short maybe 30-45 minutes at the most. We were escorted to a small room where they played a short 10 minute video about the history of San Sebastian Winery and Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards in Clermont, FL (which offers free tours also). Then, there was a short walk through of the winery before going on to sample some of their delicious wine. Wil and I sampled 8 different types of wine:
  1. Reserva @ $9.99- dry white wine
  2. Castillo Red @ $10.99- dry red wine
  3. Blanc Du Bois Reserve @ $12.99- slightly sweet white wine
  4. Rosa @ $7.99- blush wine
  5. Vintners White @ $9.99- sweet & fruity white wine
  6. Vintners Red @ $9.99- sweet and fruity red wine (personal favorite- I always have 2+ bottles)
  7. Cream Sherry @ $14.99- very sweet after dinner wine (hints of brandy)
  8. Port @ $16.99- very very sweet after dinner wine (hints of brandy)
I relied on my other senses which I enjoyed very much. I felt confident that I did not need to use my eyes for the sampling, but my nose and palate. I already buy their Vintners White, Red and Rosa wine from Publix, but I had never tried the others. I really loved the Blanc Du Bois Reserve, so Wil bought me a bottle. They offer many different discounts, one being military for all (past and present).
Outside of San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine, FL
After visiting the winery, Wil and I browsed around old St. Augustine. We popped into a pub/bar/restaurant called White Lion--- which I would not recommend AT ALL. It was disgusting and for $38 for two people, burgers and fries it was not worth it.  Two bubba burgers at $12 and then some microwaved bacon and frozen crinkle cut fries fried in oil that tasted stale and old.
We then ventured to a restaurant called Columbia Restaurant (where we typically eat, but decided to venture out-- MISTAKE) Wil bought me an "Ajo" jar (Garlic Jar) made in Spain and two wooden sangria spoons made in Spain (one which I will give as part of a Christmas gift to a relative). He also bought himself two rum soaked cigars.
I enjoyed myself and thank God that he has blessed me with these moments to cherish with my wonderful husband. I am so thankful that I have such an inspiring and compassionate husband to help guide me through this dark time in my life. (Pun intended). A lesson learned that I must learn to enjoy and embrace my new life.

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