|Galveston, Ohhh Gal - ves - ton! City on an island in the Gulf of Mexico at the entrance to Galveston Bay. One of the first Texas cities and an important sea port. Home of the very wealthy in the 1880's. Those millionaires built stone palaces with turrets and towers, impressive wood paneling, fireplaces, furnishings and chandeliers imported from around the world. Subject to hurricane and psunami. In 1900 a terrible hurricane followed by waves of twenty feet leveled most of the city. But many of the stone palaces survived and sheltered those who escaped the terrible waters. We did the "tourist gawk" at mansions along Broadway, checked out the beaches along the sea wall, watched oil tankers glide into the gulf, and enjoyed a fish dinner at Joe"s Crab Shack. Great shrimp, but none of us tried crawdads!