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UPDATE (January 2009): AN APPEAL--The Galveston Historical Foundation is looking for help. Galveston has suffered from Hurricane Ike's untimely visit, but IT IS rebuilding! Go to www.galvestonhistory.org if you'd like to help in the recovery of this historic city.
(September 2008) Galveston was recently affected by Hurricane Ike as it blew in from the Gulf of Mexico. We trust that this historic Texas town will be built up again quickly!!
When we knew we would be moving from New Jersey to Texas this summer, I did a little research into Galveston and discovered Dickens on the Strand. This year's theme was A Salute to The First World's Fair--London's Great Exhibition of 1851.
Galveston is about an hour's drive from Houston on I-45. We opted to fly to Houston, rent a car and drive to this Victorian shore side city. It was all I had hoped for--a genuine Victorian experience!
The Dickens Fest is held near Galveston's waterfront--to enter 'Queen Victoria's' world one had to pay the moderate price of $10 each. In fact, we not only dined with her and her entourage at the Dickens Feast, but had the opportunity to see her waving to the crowds from her horse-drawn carriage, which progressed down the Strand during the Queens Parade.
Special events were scheduled during this weekend, for which we used the internet to pre-purchase our tickets. A highlight of our trip was to hear Charles Dickens' great-great-grandson do a reading from The Christmas Carol, which has always been one of my favorite Christmas tales. He was joined by his son during the festivities on the Strand.
Galveston sits southeast of Houston in Galveston County and is an easy hour's drive. It's situated on a 32 mile island located about two miles off the mainland of Texas on the Gulf of Mexico.
This area has seen its share of tragedy, one devastating hurricane in 1900 killed nearly 6,000 people. Most of the town was destroyed, making those homes remaining all the more precious!
FOR A GLIMPSE OF THE VICTORIAN HOMES...Be sure not to miss my travelogues on Galveston!
My husband is the one who loves parades, but who wouldn't love this one? It's the QUEEN'S PARADE, complete with horse drawn carriages bearing dignitaries and special guests. This one is bearing the Mayor of Galveston.
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