A Small Roadtrip
Trip Start Nov 22, 2010
13Trip End Dec 14, 2010
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Apologies for the late update, it seems more people read my blog than I had first thought! I believe my NyQuil kicked in before I had typed it all out and I fell asleep mid-sentence :P Nevertheless, here is the exciting tale!
The day started quite early, too early for my liking! We rose around 7am and sat sleepily in IHOP where my spirits were lifted ten fold by the delicious breakfast sausages they have. I will seriously miss these when we leave! However, the planned day didn't allow much time to be wasted, so we were soon in the car headed for Houston.
To clear up a few things, our days have consisted of living on one main stretch of highway: FM 1960. This is a highway that runs a circle around Houston, but we haven't been inside the city itself yet, the shops along this road are more than enough to spend days upon days of shopping on, which we've done. The hotel we're staying in is only a 5 minute drive from Grandpa's house, and he prefers a lot of restaurants along FM 1960, so that's where we've been.
Upon entering the city itself we noticed everything was closed. Unlike FM 1960 where business was bustling and shops were packed, the city itself was eerily lifeless. We pulled over at a McDonalds shortly for Dad to use the toilet and in this duration an African American managed to pull on my conscious and have me hand over $5 to help him feed himself.
Upon Dad's return we began the trip to Galveston, a town south-east of Houston that shoulders the sea. The town is quite nice, with a few tourist attractions and wonderful views from the main street. After talking to a nice barista in Starbucks, we headed to a place called Moody Gardens. After visiting it, I can only describe it as a mixture of attractions. It has a water park that was closed due to the temperature and huge pyramids which are their main buildings which house a walk-through forest (which we didn't visit) and a 3D IMAX theatre, in which we saw Underwater Creatures 3D. It was impressively immersive, a brilliant experience.
We had lunch at a restaurant slash cantina on the road that runs parallel to the beach, a place by the name of Casey Gaido's (pronounced guy-dough). The establishment was originally a bar that served hamburgers which grew into what it is today and, by the looks of Z's hamburger, it isn't surprising that they grew in popularity. I enjoyed south-west fried garlic chicken and Dad ordered catfish which he described as "incredibly light".
After wrapping up with lunch we headed back for Grandpa's, arriving just in time for dinner. He directed us to a nice Italian restaurant close by, "Via Emilia". Carlo greeted us and set us up on a table near the door. Dad and I shared a rack of lamb which was simply flawless. I didn't have enough room for the Italian sausage, roast potato or asparagus, though it all looked delicious.
Pictures will be uploaded when I get a copy off Dad's phone, you'll have to use your imagination until then!