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Guest Blogger Returns to Galveston

 

Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas

by Linda Laughter, guest blogger.
Having grown up in Houston, Texas, a trip to Galveston was our “go to place”. On this trip to see family and friends, we visited some old faithful experiences and some new places too.

Galveston island boasts an amazing history which is told in its many museums. We visited the newly installed Bryan Museum, located in the historical Galveston Orphan’s Home. This renaissance revival style building is now the home of the world’s largest collection of historical artifacts and artwork relating to Texas and the American West. If you love anything about Texas and its history this is for you. I loved the art that spanned centuries ending with Andy Warhol’s western images.

Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas

While you are there, you will enjoy being in the center of Galveston, on the Strand. Filled with art galleries, restaurants and shopping you can step back in time. My favorite, La King’s Confectionary established in 1920. Perfect take home gift, saltwater taffy!

Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas

We rented a house on the back bay, on a canal. The options are limitless. There were large, beautiful homes to condos available everywhere! We could get to the ocean through many Beach Access roads that allowed us to park right on the beach and carry our beach stuff right to a prime location. Sometimes these homes do not stand the test of hurricanes and are left as monuments of another time.

Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas

If you want sparkling green waters, the Texas and Louisiana Coasts are not for you. The beaches receive the waters of the muddy Mississippi and the shore line is shallow, so there is a lot of sand churn. Despite this, if you love the sun and the crash of waves, this is an incredible place.

Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas

The best free ride in Texas is the ferry between the east end of Galveston Island and Port Bolivar. I remember doing this in my Dad’s arms. You get to see the big freighters coming in and out of the Houston Ship Channel and if you are lucky as we were, a bunch of porpoises jumping ahead of the boat.

Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas

Finally, I must mention all the incredible food I sacrificed my arteries to sample every time I visit my home state. You must try crispy chicken fried steak, fried local shrimp and of course Bar B Q.

Enjoy!

Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas
Galveston. Texas

 

Linda Laughter is a practicing interior designer and part-time painter in Ada, MI. She and her architect husband love to travel and enjoy all the architectural details and God’s beauty the world has to offer.

 

 

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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.

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2 Comments
  1. posted by
    Mark Holzbach
    May 21, 2017 Reply

    Dana and I lived in Houston for a while in the mid 1990s and visited Galveston regularly. It’s so great to see these photos and remember! Thank you!

  2. posted by
    smithsj
    May 25, 2017 Reply

    I’m wondering if it looks the same? Big changes?

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