Friday, June 16, 2017

Lake Charles and a return to Galveston

We left Marksville on Tuesday morning and headed to Lake Charles, La.  There we met up with a friend/co-worker of Doug and Jim's.  After meeting him and his lovely wife, we headed to eat.
Terry and LaDonna have recently moved to Lake Charles and they took us to a neat little taco bar in old downtown.  Fun was had by all.  It is always good to see old friends and make new ones.
Wednesday, we headed for Galveston.

I will try and finish this blog tonight.  It is Thursday and we had a full day today.  Libbie and I walked the length of the Strand, taking in all the shops.  I even learned how to pay for parking on my phone.  My I am learning all kinds of things.
We also toured the Bishops Palace today.  It was beautiful.  They are doing some renovations with more coming in the future.  The Greshams had the house built in 1892 and lived in it until it was purchased for the Bishop in 1921.

 Couldn't get a good picture of the rotunda around the staircase.  It was beautiful.
 One of the 11 fireplaces in the house.  This one is inthe parlor. 
This is a postcard box.  While traveling, Mrs. Gresham would send herself postcards from all of her
travels.  They were put in the postcard box.  She could then show the cards to her visitors and 
tell them of her travels. 

The front of the box was beautiful.  All hand carved.

Something else found in the parlor was the hand carved calling card basket.  No facebook or
messenger back then.  If you wanted to invite someone over for tea or supper, you had your servant 
deliver a calling card with day and time.  The calling card was placed in the basket for Mrs. Gresham 
to get and respond to.  Sounds like a lot of trouble to me.

                                                Sitting at the Bishop's formal dining table.
                                                  This was Mr. Greshams bedroom.
                         Mrs. Gresham's bedroom.They were connected.  His was a little bigger.
 Mrs. Gresham had the biggest and best bathroom.  His only had a sink and I am sure a chamber pot.
notice the three faucets on the tub.  One for hot, cold and rainwater.  Rainwater was better for your hair.
After a long day of walking, shopping and touring, we finished out the day at Nicks Kitchen.  The seafood was great.  Now to rest.