#902 Bluegrass and Midriffs.
by Erin Napier
We met some of the nicest people in the world today. Let’s review from the beginning:
First we rode our bikes to a creperie on St. George street for breakfast.
Then we met nice person #1, the lady at Second Read Books. I’ve loved this shop since our first visit when I was 11, and I love it even more now. The owner was so excited that we were there from Mississippi, asking us questions about where we live, wanting to see the pictures of our new house, recommending great books for us. She and I even have the same favorite author—Elizabeth Berg. Isn’t that something? We bought 5 new (used) books. As we were leaving she told us, “Be careful if you get in the ocean at the beach! The riptides are tricky today!”
Then we stopped by a historical map and ephemera shop on Aviles Street out of curiosity, knowing we couldn’t afford anything. But I asked Mr. Bouvier, the sweet owner and nice person #2, if he had any reproduction maps. And he did. Tons of them! He went in his back room and pulled out this huge portfolio of them just for us. For $35 total, he gave us gorgeous antique (reproduction) maps of Florida, St. Augustine, Boston, New York City, and a few others I can’t remember at the moment. Jim bought some super cool ones of New Orleans and Savannah for Mallorie, because we’re all missing her going into these cool shops.
Then we stopped by Memorial Presbyterian, the church Henry Flagler built to entomb his daughter who died in childbirth. The day after she died, he ordered that construction begin on this cathedral and be completed in less than a year. It was finished in 355 days and he had his daughter’s temporary grave exhumed and moved her here.
Isn’t it astounding? The rotunda in the center of the cathedral is 100 feet high.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!