Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I’d been to Galveston once before in 1974. It was intriguing then, and still is. We mostly drove around, because Joy is still recovering from a broken leg. She has graduated from crutches to cane since I’ve been here, but it’s still slow going.
First we drove along the beach. That in itself is really nice – not only can you drive right along the water, but you can also park along the breakwater. Free parking at that!
Texas was spared the ravages of Katrina and Rita, but Ike made up for it in September, 2008. There is still evidence of the damages. And I saw a postcard of Bolivar which I mentioned in a previous post about the lack of houses along much of the road. Well, there were houses there, but Ike swallowed them. The Postcard showed buildings tumbled into the surf – even the pilings were gone.
Most evident in Galveston is the Flagship Hotel. It is an over the water hotel built on huge pilings. Ike removed some pilings, tore away part of a wall, you can see right into a couple of the rooms, and then demolished the bridge/driveway. It has not been repaired at all.
Twin souviener shops built over the water were also destroyed, but they have been re-built and have just re-opened for business.
I took a photo of the Galvez Hotel – the oldest in Galveston. We drove through the Silk Stocking District – where many large Queen Anne and Victorian homes are. They are beautiful.
We stopped at one of the mansions on Broadway where the visitors center is. They marked the high-water mark from Ike near the door – It looked like it would be just about thigh-high on me and that is in the middle of the island.
We drove around the old financial district and along the harbor where their tallship, Elissha is berthed. A carnival cruise ship was in port. I had no idea they were so huge!
Moody Gardens. How can I forget. Huge Luxury Hotel, Three Pyramids – One is an aquarium, one a science center, and one a rainforest. Because of the recent weather, the landscaping was not spectacular, but I am sure it will make a full recovery. We took the elevator to the top floor, the view was fantastic. Waterfalls in the lobby. Art tile and art glass everywhere!!!
Until next time,