Post By- Jillian Chantal

I’m Jillian Chantal and I live on the beautiful gulf coast of Florida close to the Alabama line in the USA. We think our part of the world is a little slice of paradise. Living close to the sea has a lot of advantages such as mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures. Of course, the warmth sometimes becomes unbearable as we push close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The beauty of that though is that you can dive into the water and cool off pretty quickly.

The Gulf of Mexico is warmer than the oceans – I am not a scientist but I think it’s because it’s a smaller body of water and is surrounded by land on three sides. I’ve been in the Atlantic as well as the Pacific oceans and they are both super cold compared to the bath-water like temperature of the Gulf.

We have an awesome history here where I am. The Spanish first came to our area in the 1550s but were chased away by an awful hurricane. We do still have a lot of Spanish influence here in the street names as well as the architecture. My city, Pensacola, is known as the City of Five Flags as we have been ruled by five different countries. We started with the Spanish in 1559 (wiped out by hurricane) but they came back in 1698. We were ruled by the French beginning in 1719 but the Spanish came back in 1722. By 1763, we were British but then those persistent Spaniards returned from 1781 until 1821 when the United States of America won this area. Some 40 years later, the Confederate States of America took over from 1861-1865. Once the civil war was over and the confederates surrendered, we were back to the United States. We have a wonderful celebration of these five flags each June. Parades, balls and galas abound. It’s great fun.

As the Spanish colonial government found, one of the downsides to living on the coast is the dreaded hurricane season. It runs from June 1 to November 30 each year and we have to be on alert in case one of these suckers decides to come ashore. They can be totally devastating and destroy lives as well as homes. Luckily, they don’t come very often so it’s not as bleak as it could be to live here.

What about you? Do you have a cool history to the area where you live? Is there danger from Mother Nature? What’s the draw to living where you do? Beaches? Warm weather? Castles? Mountains?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. S.J. Maylee
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 13:00:23

    What a history, Jillian. I agree the water where you are is quite warm. The gulf side of Florida is a popular vacation spot for Michiganders and I’ve been there a couple of times.
    Michigan is the Great Lake state and inland we have tons of nice lakes too which makes for some scenic drives. I’m not far from Lake Michigan, a beautiful place. I’m also just a few hours to Chicago, Traverse City, and Detroit where most of my family is. We get a good bit of snow in the winter which is fine with me because I love to ski. Other than that, it’s a pretty easy going in the weather department.


  2. Author
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 14:15:45

    Thanks for commenting, S. J. – Michigan is a nice place for water-play as well. I love snow too even though we don’t get it here very often and when we do, it’s gone super fast.

    As you can tell, I love history, too.


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