The Bishop's Palace, The Moody...
The Bishop's Palace, The Moody Mansion and 'The Strip' Shopping on 'The Strip,' old downtown Galveston. It has been restored, or perhaps I should say is a work in progress. Much detail has been given to authenticity, and keeping the 1800-ness in tact.
Hats--A Victorian Necessity
Many exquisitely attired ladies paraded on the Strand with beautiful poufy, feathered hats. They were works of art! I became curious about the history of hats--this is what I discovered.
'Millinery has existed in Britain since 1700. In English courts the term milliner was used and this was derived from the term for travelling haberdashers from Milan in Italy'.
'Running parallel to the hat making arts were feather workshops or more correctly workshops called plumassiers where feathers were dyed and made into arrangements. Plumes have always been a status symbol and sign of economic stability'.
'Fortunes were paid by rich individuals for exotic feathered hats. Edwardians were masters in the art of excess and the flamboyant hats of the era are a clear example of this. At one point, whole stuffed birds were used to decorate hats...'
from The Wearing of Hats--www.fashion-era.com
Johnson Space Centre
The Space Center is the official visitors centre to the Johnson Space Center and covers 1,600 acres. Each attraction is self-guided. The plaza of the centre is the hub from where everything else stems such as the Starship Gallery, Destiny Theatre, Martian matrix & kids space place, The Feel of Space, Space Centre Theater, Mission Status Center and the departure area for the Tram Tour. Trams around the Space Centre depart every 40 mins and take around 90 mins. The Tour takes you behind the scenes, including the X-38 Assembly Building and the Shuttle Mock-up Facility. You will see the Centers old Mission Control Center (MCC) which in its day was the operational hub of every American human space mission since Gemini IV.
Rocket Park is right at the entrance to the Centre and clearly visible from Nasa Road. You used to be able to drive up and walk around yourself free of charge between 7.00a.m. and 6.00p.m. but after 9/11 I don't think you can do that now.
1601 NASA Road 1, Clear Lake, Houston
The Price Is WRONG For Seafood!
Willie G's is another on the long list of restaurants within the Landry's Restaurants, Inc. chain. I will start out by saying that the location of this restaurant is nice, with it being right off of the harbor of the Port of Galveston, and it's proximity to all the goings-on of the historic Strand District. And the decor is very pleasant, not a low rent scuzzy place, but you would expect decent surroundings from a Landry's establishment. But this is where it's ends for me as far as positives for this place. The menu is very extensive, but the 2 times that I have dined here, I was not impressed with the quality of food. Of the many different appetizers they have available, I have tried the fried calamari and the shrimp gumbo. The calamari was very tough, almost rubbery, and the gumbo very simply very bland, not a lot of taste to it. They have a wide variety of entrees, items such as numerous fish dishes, lobster, shrimp, chicken, steak, and crawfish. The fried catfish I had here was actually not that bad, but the crawfish etouffee i tried was not good at all. I'm not sure what kind of spices they were using here, but it did not taste anything like the traditional cajun dish I am used to. The wait staff was very nice, but the service was nothing extraordinary, and I had trouble getting a refill on my iced tea more than once. My biggest tift with the restaurant would most certainly be the price. While not the most expensive restaurant in Galveston, I certainly think that for the prices here, you would get a much better quality of food. There are much better places to eat seafood on the island, and many don't charge half the price that Willie G's does. Fried Catfish Fillets. Really the only thing I have enjoyed here though.
It was a cold and damp day after Christmas - no day for the beach. But we knew out daughters would each be at a beach in Oregon that week, so while making a short visit to Galveston, we had to at least get out of the car and put our feet in the sand for a few minutes.
Along the beachfront, we could still see considerable damage from Hurricane Ike, which had struck the are 14 months before.