Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

This palace is palatial at every level. Contruction started in 1887 and was completed in 1893 at a cost of $250,000. It was built by lawyer and politician Walter Gresham, which is why it is also known as Gresham’s Castle. The home is made of stone and has withstood all hurricanes including the great storm of 1900. I would say the builders knew a thing or two about the Three Little Pigs. In 1923, the home was purchased for $40,500, by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston for Bishop Christopher E. Byrne with the Sacred Heart Catholic church being conveniently across the street. Bishop Byrne lived there until 1950. In 2013, the home was sold to the current owners The Galveston Historical Association. From an architectural and artistic standpoint, the craftsmanship, materials, and art throughout the home are the best for the time and even by today’s standards. It’s an incredible home as you will see by some of the photos. I hope these photos inspire your own visit to learn about the history and see the beauty of this home. For more information visit here https://www.galvestonhistory.org/sites/1892-bishops-palace

It was a pleasure to finally tour the Moody Mansion in Galveston, Texas. Its opulence cannot be understated for the time in history that it was built in 1895. The home has much history and has a total of 31 rooms. Prior to the Moody’s purchasing the $100,000 home for $20,000 after the great hurricane in 1900, it was owned by Narcissa Willis. From what I read she wanted a mansion, and her husband wanted the money distributed to their ten children upon his death. She did not abide by that, had her old home demolished, and built the mansion. It cost her dearly in my view because her ten children never talked to her again and she died a widow all alone in her dream house in 1899.

For more information on tours or the Moody Mansion visit the following link www.moodymansion.org

Here are a few photos from my visit. I hope you enjoy them, and it inspires you to visit and learn history.

Many people have heard of the famous pepper sauce Tabasco, but many have not heard about the Jungle Gardens that sit upon and island salt dome that is eight miles deep. This area was home to Edward McIlhenny the founder of Tabasco Pepper Sauce. Mr. McIlhenny helped saved the Snowy Egret from extinction in 1895 as its feathers were often used for women’s hats. He created a sanctuary for them. His Jungle Gardens represent a plant and wildlife sanctuary like none other. A paradise for birds and wildlife and a preserve area for all to enjoy. Every time I visit, I am enthralled by the beauty, sounds, texture, and tranquility. Here are a few photos that capture just a small portion of the beauty. I hope you enjoy them and consider a visit of Tabasco and The Jungle Gardens yourself. For more information visit the link below.

2022 Albert Moyer, Jr., Photography https://www.junglegardens.org/

It’s well-known that I love Louisiana for its beauty, food, and people. The vibrancy of life and comradery that exists is exceptional. Recently, I made stops in New Iberia, Houma, New Orleans, and Franklin, Louisiana. Here are a few photos from the road. I hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by. See you on the road.

2022 Albert Moyer, Jr., Photography

When I’m out and about the camera is never far from my hands. I love taking photos because an image caught in time says so much about a place or its history. Until this day the best camera I have seen is my eyes and I always wish to share images exactly the way I see them, but no camera does it. None on the market. The best way is always travel. Living the moment and being in the time right then seeing things live. Recently, I saw many cool scenes and images in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Here are but a few. The city and its people are wonderful. Its full of vibrant history. For more information visit this website: https://www.visitvicksburg.com/

2022 Albert Moyer, Jr., Photography

These are but a small collection of photos I recently shot at the Vicksburg National Military Park and U.S.S. Cairo Museum. To visit the second largest battlefield outside Gettysburg that was so important to American history was a privilege. To see the first armored battleship was also a privilege. It opened my mind to so many perspectives and gave me increased knowledge that I’ll be able to carry and share with others. One quote that stood out to me from an unknown soldier was, “If someone would have just asked us the war would have been over in an hour.” Powerful! For more information about this park follow the link below. 2022 Albert Moyer, Jr, Photography

https://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm

If you like Coca-Cola this museum is a great display of history and how it was bottled for the very first time. To see and learn about the process really makes one appreciate the hard work and creativity of those who came before us. It definitely wasn’t easy in the beginning to get Coke off of the fountain and into bottles. The first cap was similar to a champagne bottle and when one pulled it made a popping sound. That’s how the term “Soda Pop” came into being. That’s just the beginning of what you will learn. Coca-Cola was also invented by Confederate Lieutenant John Pemberton who was also a pharmacist. Mr. Pemberton even added cocaine to the formula for the first 17 years of production until the US government started regulating it. The museum is an awesome place to visit. To learn more, visit the link below. Here are a few of my photos from my visit which can be viewed enlarged by a click of the photo. 2022 Albert Moyer, Jr, Photography.

http://www.biedenharncoca-colamuseum.com/

Upon entering the Vicksburg Civil War Museum, I knew immediately that I was in for a learning experience. There was more to learn than I had time available. The one thing that really struck a nerve with me was breeding cells. This is where they took a slave and placed a burlap sack over his head to impregnate whomever the master’s had selected. It could be his sister, daughter, cousin, mother, etc. I learned from friend that this is where the term motherfucker came from. Then there was the Klan uniform bearing the cross. The group missed commandment six which states, “You Shall Not Murder.” Actually, they missed the whole meaning of Christianity and all the commandments. They might as well replace the cross with an image of Satan because there is absolutely nothing Christian about them. God says there are false prophets. That’s their teaching. False Christianity. Sadly, even today, hate exists. Why? We live in a fallen world. Only Jesus is perfect, and the world will never be perfect until his return. Until then all we can do is educate people. Frederick Douglass stated, “Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means uplifting the soul of man into the glorious light of truth, the light by which men can only be made free.” If you like to learn and love freedom, I highly recommend the Vicksburg Civil War Museum which you can learn more about at the link below. Education is freedom.

https://www.vicksburgcivilwarmuseum.org/

All photos 2022 Albert Moyer, Jr. Photography.

My love of South Louisiana begins with the solid value system of the Cajuns. They are a proud people who value family, having a good time, helping others, and God. They are humble, frugal, and know not to waste resources. The South Louisiana environment is swampy and humid and it provides all that one needs. It may not be for everyone, but I love it. Here are a few photos from my road trip. I hope you enjoy them. All photos Copyright Albert Moyer, Jr 2021

The Acadian Village is a great historical venue that gives one the feel of what life was like in the 1800’s in a Cajun Village. Many of the French Nova Scotians traveled to Louisiana to escape religious persecution. They did so in grand fashion using the available land resources to build extensive communities. In modern times, Cajun culture has spread throughout the world. People want Crawfish (`ecrevisse), Cracklins (Gratons), Boudin, Alligator, Turtle, Wild Hog, Duck, Sweet Dough Pies, and all the great things Cajun, including the music.

To be an Honorary Cajun is simple, you agree to do the following: Eat Cajun food, listen to Cajun Music, be filled with joy (joie de vivre), and pass a good time with laughter, happiness, and jokes. Let the good times roll! Laissez Les bons temps rouler!

Here are a few photos from the Acadian Village. I hope they inspire you to learn more and pay a visit to this wonderful historical cultural center. For more information click here https://acadianvillage.org/ All photos Copyright Albert Moyer, Jr 2021