Anne Jagger

By: Anne Jagger | April 28, 2017

When visiting the beach or relaxing at one of Galveston’s renowned resort hotels, the island’s historic past might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But a closer look reveals that while there was a Native American population before Europeans arrived in the early 16th century, it wasn’t until the 18th and 19th centuries that Galveston became a key North American port city. And there are key museums, buildings and attractions where that history can be explored. In the 16th century, the Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca lived among the native tribes as a medicine man and slave after he was shipwrecked on the island. French explorer Robert Cavelier La Salle later named the island St. Louis and claimed it for France. The island, however,...

By: Anne Jagger | April 27, 2017

Galveston Island is a beautiful, historic beach destination known for its great weather all year round. Here’s a list of activities to consider:
•  Explore the glass pyramids of family resort Moody Gardens. Here you can tour through a living rainforest replica, one of the largest aquariums in Texas and check out cool exhibits in the Discovery Museum.
•  Splash into fun at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, known for the best indoor water park in the world!
•  Learn about the rare historic airplanes housed at the Lone Star Flight Museum with a visit to this “war bird” museum.
•  Take an African-American Historic Places Tour and discover many of the African American firsts that happened in Galves...

By: Anne Jagger | April 26, 2017

Soak up the Beach. Put on your bathing suit and get out the sunscreen and head to the Island’s cool beaches – Stewart Beach Park, R.A. Apffel Park (East Beach) and Beach Pocket Park on the West End. All told, Galveston has 32 miles of beaches to sink your toes into. Galveston has the longest continuous sidewalk in America on its beachfront – Seawall Boulevard – making room for a wide variety of free outdoor activities like swimming, playing beach volleyball or hitting the pavement for biking or running. To watch a breathtaking sunrise or sunset on the Seawall is truly priceless. Take a Bucket Brigade Tour. Learn about the diversity of life found in the Gulf Coast waters during a free, interactive tour of Galveston’s beaches. These tours are...

By: Anne Jagger | April 25, 2017

Remember when you were a kid being sent to the principal’s office was the worst feeling in the world. Well, cruise ships have a Principal’s Office of sorts in the form of what some travelers call the “naughty room.” When your luggage does not arrive in your cabin it’s most likely waiting for you in the bowels of the ship in a special “holding cell” where “no-no’s” must be retrieved and confiscated. Yes, Lorraine’s talking about unauthorized items in your checked baggage. All cruisers are (or should be) aware of their cruise line’s alcohol policy but did you know there is a whole list of other “forbidden” items? Yup! These include (but are not limited to) extension cords/power strips, heating pads, irons and steamers, candles or incense, ska...

By: Anne Jagger | April 20, 2017

My friend wanted to buy some batik, which Yogyakarta is famous for. We ventured down one of the narrow alleys, getting lost in a swirl of colourful fabrics. Within minutes, we were approached by a man with a broad grin who wanted to know where we were from. The nice man asked if we were looking for batik, and offered to show us the best stalls. Hot, tired, and overwhelmed, we decided to follow him. We hesitated for a moment, before agreeing. After all, it was a tourist area. He was probably a well-meaning tour guide, giving us a cultural experience. My friend and I felt we had better buy something. The cats caught my eye, and didn't seem too expensive - maybe $30?
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