after growing up in Florida & visiting the beaches there ever after
or once an expat visiting the Caribe or Greek islands or the Adriatic & Croatia
perhaps it's not enough to visit the island for 2 days & expect to catch the vibe
in April with a day of clouds & waves & threat of rain only to have the sun come out when leaving
I drove in Thursday evening & left Friday morning
lunch at Olympia on Pier 21
ordered the Moussaka - which I always forget what it is, but it ends up yummy (it's the potatoes & eggplant with sauce combo that surprises me or my tastebuds but I still like it)
slaps, stickers, grafitti, street art
"the dog is watching"
off The Strand on Post Office street
yes a real barista made machiatto & yes there is grafitti art or possible tattoo art
the karma kat karma cup/aka tip cup for one instance
from a previous barista turned tattoo artist we're told
I love the karma kitty, esp the blue eyes
I would like to look him up one day, this barista tattoo artist in town
we proceed to check out the current barista's tatts who takes our order
but funny enough I don't ask him where he got his ink
I also don't know who did the grafitti art tables as we sit down
especially like the bunny table we sat at
I would like to know more
I would probably come in here a lot if I lived here or come to visit ever again
oh & yes, I am drawn to grafitti/street art in about whatever form
kid art on the side windows of what I think is The Grand 1894 Opera House
since there's artist & school to list at the bottom am guessing it was a big school art project
there are 2 or 3 windows full of these slips, side by side, seeing lots & lots of animals...
back streets of The Strand
I would like to wander behind the scenes more
the power cables & on/off switches up in the middle of the archway in the back alley have me curious
how does it all work & why--was it the flooding, hurricanes or something else...
Hendley Market, Trading Company
could be better described as an emporium & novelty items comes to mind in trying to describe all the goodies to discover - a hunter gatherer will go mad in here, you will not be able to pull them away for a long Long while, be forewarned before you wander in here & get sucked in for an hour easily
I am drawn in by the eye glasses, inside I see there's another pair for sale (or I think they are, don't check for tags) - there is a lot of interesting stuff in here for the kids as well or the kids at heart
missed lunch at the Board Game Island Cafe, due to floors being redone--but then after 4:30 open for dinner
had the most de-lish sandwich on a croissant...mmm...The Islander BLT...
yes, as you can read, with Boar's Head deli meats...
but per the name of the place--Board Game Island...there were games on the tables & shelves full of games (a room divider shelf full on both sides) & in the front window even more game boxes, many for sale--many of which I'd never seen before...
had to check out the GoT/Games of Thrones game boxes, there were two here, only to see (maybe not so oddly) some tiny pieces are missing...imagine if there were a tiny iron throne in there then I 'know' that would of been gone first thing, sad but true...
another game box a friend checks out, The Walking Dead--I do 'not' look at the Zombie cards...I don't like zombies, I do 'not' watch the show, any of them with zombies in them so I left that one up to her...
there are classic games, do consider the mancla game with stone marbles rather than stones or beans
and remember the hours of games we'd play as teens or when we had teens games like--Monopoly or strategy games like Risk or word games of Scrabble (even once while living in Venezuela for the sake of language learning there was Scrabble in Spanish) or card games or on & on the list could go...
the new gaming I've never done...or none online games, friends play games on Facebook--I for one refuse... & can barely recall ever using the Atari Game System that came out after I was grown--then the boys moved on to the Nintendo & of course all the games/gaming systems beyond that...
Solitare, with real cards mind you, was the very first game I ever saw being played, by my grandmother.. after that maybe horseshoes or chinese checkers or checkers or chess or rarely shuffle board--my Dad really wanted me to learn to play chess, (me, the oldest daughter - to his credit no matter I was a girl or not) but I was not very good at that though since am not one for remembering lots of strategy moves...
more kids games or card games were learned & played & forgotten...Hide & Seek or Tag or Cowboys 'n Indians or Red Rover or Go Fish or Tic Tac Toe or Pick up Sticks or Jacks 'n Marbles or just Marbles or Operation or Chutes 'n Ladders or Candy Lane or Jump Rope/Chinese Jump Rope perhaps the longest played game, alone or with others in school or in the old neighborhood...so on & on the games go from childhood up...
growing up to more games...bowling or foosball or darts or Gin/Poker card games (never Bridge) or dice games with the ladies - Bunco (with money prizes & gifts was a lot of fun back when stuck up in the mountains especially while living in Colorado) or various forms of trivia (even an attempt at Star Wars trivia once) & at some point I have no more patience for such games...
when did I lose interest in hopscotch...swinging...monkeybars...teeter totters...merry go rounds... playgrounds... sigh... even as I outgrew them the boys grew up & they outgrew them & there are even more games for them & now...
there is play to be found elsewhere I suppose, perhaps not in board or card or computer games...
but if you're still up for it though, there is an island here on the island of Galveston--a Board Game Island...
street art, grafitti
Sand 'n Sea
State Park to the right far view
haunted house the Steward Mansion to the left far view behind the docks
first day on arrival it was 'not' sunny, then as was leaving--then the sun came out
Claire's Fish paintings--am guessing she's the owner maybe & she's painted them
would they be called primatives, don't know, but do think they are colorful & cheerful
what we were calling 'the boys of summer'
oh my--the shorts & those long/Long boards
3 old black & white surf boy photos over slat boards
they remind me of The Endless Summer movie--a surf movie I watched when I was a teen
one of the first movies I saw at the theater (didn't think of it as a documentary)
I grew up in/on St Pete Beach Florida, so of course I would be interested in surfing
tho these surf boys were in Hawaii a lot I think & I've never been to those beaches--yet
Endless Summer - Wiki...
Endless Summer - YouTube...
IMDB - The Endless Summer - 1966...
my friend took this photo of the 'boys of summer' photo on the wall of the condo with her good camera
I wanted to compare to what my camera phone could take
more interior/exterior shots
Sand 'n Sea Rental
so said in a lot of writings, that it's haunted
someone was into tile work, like that, was it a Spanish influence--possibly
and someone was also into pirates, as in full size wall murals of at least 2 pirates--if not Lafitte the pirate or did they call him a privateer (was there a difference in meaning, possibly)
photo credits: Google images
note: my friend took some photos with her good camera, she snuck out in the morning to go sneak over to take photos--after reading about the hauntedness she decided 'not' to venture over at night, either way I was 'not' going over...tho I did want to see how the Pirate murals had held up, apparently they are only covered more in tag/grafitti (which tho I do enjoy grafitti/street art, not so much tags & not for sure tags over other art...)
Wiki - Galveston Island State Park - mentions Stewart family...
note: here I read it's not just 'a' Lafitte Pirates--it was the Lafitte Brothers, so there is more than one...
Open Salon Blog - post: Stewarts Mansion, War, Cannibals, Pirates & Ghosts...
note: I have a great urge, as in the Wizard of Oz, to add at the end 'Oh My'...so Cannibals & Pirates & Ghosts--Oh My...
The Islander Magazine - Article: Stewart Mansion...
Old Plantation Home - Stewart Mansion of Galveston TX: Pirate Legend & Indian Myth Collide...
what the UER have to say about the Mansion - as they say the Sealy/Stewarts Mansion...
note: UE= Urban Exploration...I do like that there's some brief history & lots of photos...
I could easily get lost in all this, so I'll stop--enjoy the mystery, haunted or not...
also on Galveston Island
on or off The Strand/Post Office...
note: a shop that smells & sounds lovely when you walk in, you'll be sucked in like the emporium, it could be hours before you step out again...there is also Tarot Readings, I did not do that this trip--another time...I like these people who run it, my friend does too & they had her book on their shelves--so earlier, back in October when she first visited she signed a few of them...she makes Gris Gris bags so she picked up a few herbal supplies, they had drawer fulls (many I'd never heard of or would have to look up again to be sure even what they were...)
La King's Confectionery...
note: so in here there is candy, old fashioned/saltwater taffy/chocolates & an old soda fountain, ice cream, & a coffee bar...again, I'm tempted to say Oh My after that list too...mmm...somone had a Malt here & someone else had espresso ice cream--coffee another time, I do have a limit on caffeine consumed in a day?!
or that's what I'm calling it
they call it the Nancy Bet-C
breakfast on Friday morning before leaving
cheesy grits on the side...I love 'em so...mmm...
poached eggs, peppered bacon on a croissant with swiss cheese 'n hollandaise sauce...mmm...
I got the roasted tomatoes on the side--really I can't do veggies in the AM so I shared 'em
airpot coffee on the side--that's OK, I was there for the food...mmm...
did I say mmm...mmm...
I will be back to see the sun on the beach, to walk the beach with a calmer surf
to eat more good food--I can skip all the Cajun Food on the island, as I've lived in Lafayette, LA for years & visited NOLA numerous times, I will be sampling other foodie fare...
to shop more, to stay more, to wander the streets more, to adventure more, to check out all the architecture--say all those preserved victorian homes...
like down the street from the Mosquito Cafe was the Bishop's Palace, which I would of loved to have a tour of--next time...from what little I've read--they saved lots of folks from 'the storm' at that seriously stone house, so I'd like to see/hear more about it...
Galveston - Bishop's Palace...
Wiki - Bishop's Palace...