C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

play time in St Augustine - the Alcazar Hotel

Fresh off the chocolate factory we headed back towards the waterfront.  In past visits to St Augustine we toured  Henry Flagler's Hotel Ponce de Leon, now part of Flagler College.  Due to the success of the Ponce de Leon Hotel Flagler constructed a companion hotel, the Alcazar, directly across the street.  The Alcazar was purchased by Otto Lightner after the Second World War.  Lightner used the hotel to house and showcase his personal collections from his world travels.

Upon Lightner's death in the 1950's he willed the building and its collections to the City of St Augustine.  Today the former Alcazar Hotel serves as City Hall, a boutique shopping mall, and a museum.

We spent a couple hours touring the Lightner Museum.  I really enjoyed exploring the architecture and history of the building.  The image below was captured in what was once the Alcazar's men's steam room.

Just imagine the bums that have graced the three tiers of marble benches that rest below large round windows... Flager, Edison, Ford, others?

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