it seems to always happen to me. by this time each year i end up having some excess vacation time that i have to burn off somehow. i already have my christmas vacation blocked off but i still have quite a few days remaining. i was thinking of taking some time off in november to visit the “nation’s oldest city”, St. Augustine, Florida. the weather is just perfect this time of year in florida plus there will be some neat St. Augustine events October 27th and November 24th called “Uptown Saturday Night”. during those last saturdays of october and november, the antique district (between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios) livens up with great music, food, wine tasting, art, parties and more. it’s a great way to cap off a visit to the oldest European settlement in the U.S. the place is well known for its old world charm and ambiance with historic streets, Spanish style architecture, unique restaurants, art galleries and antique shops. when i go, i’d definitely hit the antique stores and wander through the historic district in town. the couple of sites i’d love to check out is the Fountain of Youth of course and the Castillo de San Marcos, the old fort built by the Spanish back in the 1600s. “Uptown Saturday Night” is a great tradition in St. Augustine and it’s not to be missed. mark your calendar for the 27th of October and the 24th of November. festivities start around 5pm and be sure to head over to the Mission of Nombre de Dios for free parking.