The Gulf of Mexico

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

Travel Route: Surfside Beach to Galveston to New Waverly to Giddings to Austin

What is the centerpiece of Galveston?

Following the Gulf of Mexico coastline, sections of which are relatively empty and quiet, leading to the busy tourist city of Galveston.  A city that has a rich history full of drama, intrigue, and wealth until it lost everything to the hurricane of 1900.  For me, the centerpiece of Galveston is the Victorian neighborhood, primarily Bishop’s Palace.

Two days drive in picturesque Central Texas through pastoral farms and forests.  The terrain is filled with gentle hills and dominated by the green color.  This area was influential in the early days of the Republic of Texas.  On this journey, I am trying to figure out if Texas is a state of mind or just a state, but so far, none of my conversations went that profound.  I did, though, visit a couple of historical museums and am starting to form an opinion about it.  The book I have just finished listening to is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, which left me with a deep breath, such a treasure.