Friday, 24 December 2010

In search of the Old Presidio

Oh dear my promise to update the blog soon after moved didn’t exactly pan out, we got so tied up sightseeing and relaxing at Rincon East the days just flew by so these are some of the places we visited.

The Turquoise or Presidio Trail starts at the visitor centre in La Placita and guides you round historic areas of downtown Tucson. Our first stop was, lunch!

After lunch we didn’t exactly follow the tour guide so our next stop was St Augustine Cathedral, it’s a beautiful building, but we never did get to see inside as it’s currently undergoing restoration and for safety reasons is only open for mass and confession.

From there we headed to the historic Pima County Courthouse in the heart of downtown it’s a beautiful building.

Sunset Park is beyond the courthouse and has fountains and lots of seating, as well as statues to the Mormon Battallion.

We followed the trail to the original Presidio San Agustin del Tucson established in 1775, there is only a small section of the original wall of the Presidio left.
Here we were actually back following the guide in the right order through Old Town Artisans.

Past the art galleries and a beautiful tiled wall section.

This took us back to the entrance to Sunset Park, we carried on following the trail across the road bridge and back to La Placita village.

We ended our trip here and headed back to the convention centre parking lot then headed home to enjoy the rest of the afternoon sunshine.

Have fun, we are!

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