Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
Trip End Jul 25, 2010

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Friday, July 2, 2010

We were up early for breakfast and out of the hotel by 10 as we only had today in Galveston. The weather was still overcast and a little stormy and the humidity still hugged you like a quilt, a warm damp quilt. Van was loving it.

We had to first get some laundry done as things were getting desperate. This took a few hours and we watched Holland shockingly knock Brazil out of the World Cup as we waited!

After driving a short while we decided to make our way to the Strand area where the guide book talks about old Victorian architecture, shopping and restaurants. Driving around we were coming to the conclusion that Galveston was a very run down area. There were houses everywhere with broken windows and rotten or crooked wooden walls, many looked derelict. It didn't seem like the nicest of towns. Driving along the Seawall Blvd we were metres from the coast and it was rough in the aftermath of the hurricane. Dotted along the seafront were a number of restaurants and bars that were quite empty, although it was still before lunchtime.

Approaching the strand, things still seemed run down and there were many industrial buildings and warehouses on either side of the road. We persevered and pulled into the strand area which was a indeed a small Oasis amongst the other streets. It was located next to the cruise liner terminals were the liners pulled in on their gulf cruises. Lining the harbour front were a number of seafood restaurants and we had the opportunity to try the clam chowder in a scooped out bread roll that we had missed in San Francisco. It was excellent, Van had the Lobster and Crab Bisque served the same way which was even better.

Strolling around the Strand we visited a few shops and took a few photos and when on the way back to the car something caught our eye. There was a water level marking on one of the buildings labeled Ike water level. I had seen Ike mentioned a few times and somehow seemed to remember a Hurricane Ike a few years ago.

After driving around a little longer we saw many more run down and derelict houses, some could be seen with missing sections of walls or roofs. There were many undergoing rebuilding. On the seafront was a pier that was blocked off and on it sat a grand hotel with all its windows broken and sections of its brick walls missing. It definitely started to make sense that something devastating had happened here and the town was struggling to recover.

With the bad weather, little to do and plenty of time on our hands we relaxed at a Starbucks for a while and googled Hurricane Ike, which had indeed devastated this area in 2008, killing 47 people. If this is what Ike did to Galveston, what will Katrina’s aftermath look like in New Orleans?

After returning to the hotel for a while we head out to one of the bar and restaurant areas along the seafront and get something to eat. It’s much busier than it was earlier but still quiet considering this is Independence Day weekend and it’s Friday night. Maybe it’s Ike, maybe its Alex or maybe even BP keeping people away.
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James&Sarah on

Just one question for you guys!!
Have you seen JR EWING yet?? :-)

James&Sarah on

Just thought!!

In a couple of days you'll be in Miami. Keep an eye out for Will Smith ;-)

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