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The two RV Gypsies toured Pensacola, Florida
via a Segway from
Emerald Coast Tours
5 W. Main Street
Pensacola, Florida 32502

May 1, 2016

Hello MayHappy May Day

history bookPensacola is the western most city in the Florida Panhandle. Pensacola is a sea port on Pensacola Bay which is protected by the barrier island of Santa Rosa and connects to the Gulf of Mexico. A large United States Naval Air Station, the first in the United States, is located southwest of Pensacola near Warrington. It is the base of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team and the National Naval Aviation Museum. The main campus of the University of West Florida is situated north of the city center.

The area was originally inhabited by Muskogean peoples. The Pensacola people lived there at the time of European contact, and Creek people frequently visited and traded from present-day southern Alabama. Spanish explorer Tristen de Luna founded a short-lived settlement in 1559. In 1698 the Spanish established a presidio in the area, from which the modern city gradually developed. The area changed hands several times as European powers competed in North America. During Florida's British rule (1763â─⌠1789), fortifications were strengthened.

It is nicknamed "The City of Five Flags" due to the five governments that have ruled it during its history: the flags of Spain (Castile), France, Great Britain, the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. Other nicknames include "World's Whitest Beaches" (due to the white sand of Florida panhandle beaches), "Cradle of Naval Aviation", "Western Gate to the Sunshine State", "America's First Settlement", "Emerald Coast", "Redneck Riviera", "Red Snapper Capital of the World", and "P-Cola".

Emerald Coast Tours information flyer

The two RV Gypsies took the 2 hour Segway tour of Downtown Pensacola and thoroughly enjoyed it. This was the 13th time the two RV Gypsies have taken a Segway tour of a city. Jen, the guide, is majoring in history, so she was very knowledgeable. Reservations are required. Groups are limited to 5 at a time, unless a one-week notice is given. For more specific Segway information, go to their website Photos below are of various places in Pensacola, along with some Pensacola history, plus photos of the two RV Gypsies on their Segway tour.

Karen Duquette and the Segway tour guide
Karen Duquette on her 13th Segway tour

Al Fresco is the newest hot spot in Downtown Pensacola. Nestled between 14 palm trees in the heart of Pensacola on Palafox and Main Streets, there are 5 restaurants including Shux Oyster Bar as the anchor and 4 Airstream Restaurants including Z Taco Fresh Mex, Gouda Stuff Gourmet Melts, Gunshot BBQ, and the Fusion World. Al Fresco is the perfect place to have a meal or a glass of wine or beer before a baseball game, festival or to any Downtown event. Patrons can enjoy dining outdoors on tables, chairs and umbrellas with beautiful landscaping and exciting downtown scenery.

airstream restaurant at Al Fresco in Pensacola airstream restaurant at Al Fresco in Pensacola
airstream restaurant at Al Fresco in Pensacola

Palafox Pier - Following the successful lead of other small and large cities across the country, Pensacola has identified the Palafox Pier as a downtown destination magnet. The $12 million mixed-use development at the southern end of Palafox Street on the Palafox Pier includes a 92-slip marina, and two upland buildings: the 7,200 square feet Harbormaster Building that is completely leased and the Icehouse Building with 21,000 square feet that is complete and occupied by Network Telephone and Merrill Lynch.

Palafox Pier sign and a painted pelican

Memorial Monument in Downtown Pensacola at Palafox Pier: The sculpture shown below is a tribute to The Five Flags City, Pensacola. Around the base of the sculpture, there is historic information related to the times when other countries were the rulers of the land which is now Pensacola.

Memorial Monument in Downtown Pensacola at Palafox Pier Karen Duquette at Palafox Pier
sign on the Memorial Monument honoring Spain sign on the Memorial Monument honoring France
sign on the Memorial Monument honoring Great Britain sign on the Memorial Monument honoring The Confederate States
sign on the Memorial Monument honoring The United States
sign about King Juan Carlos 1

The Segway tour stopped at another park and the tour guide told the two RV Gypsies a lot about the Naval history of Pensacola.

the two RV Gypsies on their Segway tour the two RV Gypsies on their Segway tour
a ship the pier

Below: General Andrew Jackson memorial in the Plaza Ferdinand VII

General Andrew Jackson memorial

Below: An obelisk dedicated to William Dudley Chipley with his biography inscribed in the base of the obelisk. Chipley (June 6, 1840 â─⌠ December 1, 1897) was an American railroad tycoon and statesman. He created two railroads in the Florida Panhandle and served one term as mayor of Pensacola, Florida and in the Florida State Senate.

An obelisk dedicated to William Dudley Chipley An obelisk dedicated to William Dudley Chipley

Below: The T. T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum is a museum of history located at 330 Jefferson Street in the Plaza Ferdinand VII in Pensacola, Florida. It is part of the Historic Pensacola Village museum complex. The building, reminiscent of the Alamo mission style, was built in 1907 as the Pensacola City Hall and served as such until 1985 when the present city hall was built at 180 Governmental Center, also known as 222 West Main Street. In 1989, the building was listed as the Pensacola City Hall in A Guide to Florida's Historic Architecture, published by the University of Florida Press.

The T. T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum

Below: A map of how the British Fort of Pensacola used to look & some history.

history bookIn early 1990, an unprecedented concentration of Colonial features and artifacts associated with the Colonial forts in Pensacola were uncovered as the pavement was being removed from streets in the Historic District of Pensacola for an urban renewal project. Among these Colonial features were a British field cannon, the architectural remnants near the main gate of the British fort (1763-1781), stockade lines and wall trenches of the later Spanish fort (1781-1821) and the first complete architectural foundation of an early Spanish period (1752-1763) building. People got excited as they realized that the gate through which Andrew Jackson walked (on his way to meet with the Spanish Governor Callava for the transfer of the territory from Spain to the United States) on July 17, 1821 was now below their feet. Hundreds of volunteers helped Dr. Bense, John Phillips, and archaeology students from UWF in the excavations. After minimal damage to the archaeological remains, the site was reburied for protection.

In 1993, excavations resumed around Ferdinand Plaza and the T.T. Wentworth Museum in downtown Pensacola as Phase II of the Pensacola Archaeological Trail began. This is the area of the far western side of the British Fort of Pensacola. When the British took West Florida from Spain in 1763, they began to build their own fort around the run down Spanish Presidio in the Plaza Ferdinand. Present day Seville Square was a cleared area just to the east of the British fort and Ferdinand Plaza of today was the open area to the west of the British fort. The evolution of the British Fort of Pensacola may be seen through maps ranging from 1763, just after occupation by the British, until 1778, only three years before the Spanish recaptured Pensacola.

map of Bristish Fort of Pensacola

The Segway tour continued on from Downtown Pensacola through Historic Pensacola.

Downtown Pensacola sign and map Welcome to Historic Pensacola sign

Fountain in front of the Pensacola Post Office

Fountain in front of the Pensacola Post Office

Below: Cannons and bell in the old courthouse cupola clock at the Escambia County Courthouse.

plaque on the old courthouse cupola clock the old courthouse cupola clock
the old courthouse cupola clock the old courthouse cupola clock

Below: A Lost Landmark - The Panton House of Pensacola. The house shown below is a small-model of the house where Alexander McGillivray, an Indian Chief was found buried under the floorboards.

A Lost Landmark - The Panton House of Pensacola. plaque for the Panton House of Pensacola

The two RV Gypsies got some free-time free-wheeling on their Segways around the pier and around the stadium of The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, a minor league baseball team.

Karen Duquette on a Segway Lee Duquette on a Segway

Below are a few of the Pelican statues that were prominent in Pensacola and represent the culture of the city. Pelicans in Paradise is a public art project organized by the Pensacola News Journal in which pelican statues of reinforced fiberglass were decorated by various artists, selected by the statues' sponsors, and placed at various outdoor locations around the downtown Pensacola area.

Lee Duquette and a USMC Pelican statue Karen Duquette and  U.S. Navy Pelican statue
U.S. Army pelican statue U.S. Coast Guard pelican statue
Pensacola News Journal pelican statue pelican staute at Palafox Pier
First Nations Pelican statue First Nations Pelican statue
pelican staute pelican statue in red heels

Below: two sides of a piece of art in Pensacola - no identifying label.

unlabeled art - side 1 unlabeled art - side 2

Below: a statue of children seen in Pensacola with no identifying label

a statue of children

Menu for the two RV Gypsies
on the Emerald Coast of Florida
April 30, 2016 - May 1, 2016
You may view these adventures in any order your choose.
There is also a link to Alabama below.

bullet River's Edge Campground in Holt, Florida

bullet Harborwalk Marina and a dolphin boat cruise in Destin

bullet Flashback to Destin, Fl and the painted horses in 2002

bullet Segway tour of Pensacola, painted pelicans and more

bullet Veterans Memorial Park in Pensacola - part of the Segway tour

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continue on to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have viewed all of the sites above, please continue on to Alabama - Vulcan Park and the big statue, plus Birmingham Botanical Gardens.