Violet insisted we had to hurry because we just had to hurry!
One of our favorite parts of the trip was our visit to La Kings Confectionery. Yum, yum, and yum. If you're ever in the Galveston area, you have to stop in! It's a delightful, old timey candy shop. Look at that mile-long marble counter.
(Thanks to Adam for these fun panoramic shots.)
I didn't want to leave.
Oh, before I forget and in the spirit of a beach vacation, I did a feature on art from The Water Babies over at my book blog. Go have a look if you enjoy adorable babies splashing around with mermaids and lobsters and such.
The confectionery had the most amazing 100 year old taffy machine. If you're interested, I took a few videos in the confectionery. Video 1 The happy candy guy was throwing taffy at people. Violet said it tasted like bubble gum you could swallow. Not that she's ever let that stop her from swallowing gum. You know that phrase "like a kid in a candy shop"? I totally get that. Video 2, Video 3.
Mmm...ice cream. Look at Violet concentrate.
It's a lollipop tree.
Limbering up for some serious snacking.
Although it makes bile rise in the throat of most people, I have a habit of dressing my girls alike, and often matching their outfits to mine. I confess, I think Mommy-Daughter clothing is fun, but it also serves another purpose. When we're all, say, wearing yellow, it's easy for me to remember what they're wearing. And, if they get lost, they know I'm wearing the same color that they're wearing. Makes sense, yes?
Where to even start? Look at those perfect bins. And all that gleaming wood.
On the bottom center row, those jaw breakers are as big as baseballs. And that rock crystal candy is positively jewel-like. Imagine a little treasure chest stuffed with that and gold chocolate coins. Oh, the chocolate. Hey-did I mention that there's a chocolaterie in the novel I wrote? It's called Bon Bon, owned by the love interest's family. They're French. Of course.
I left some serious smears on this case. Dark chocolate covered honeycomb? Who knew? My favorite morsel was the sea salt caramel enrobed in dark chocolate.
That place smelled magical.
We skipped the carriage ride. Too hot. The cowboy was super nice, though. That would be fun if you were here over the holidays.
Everything looks better with a palm tree in front of it.
Violet makes lots of friends everywhere we go. She adopted this couple that we sat next to during the Fourth of July parade. They were very sweet to give her all the beads they collected during the parade.
We had a great view of the fireworks over the Gulf of Mexico. I hadn't seen a fireworks show in years!
Hey, Galveston...you were kind of wonderful. I've heard people grumble about it, but boy-we had a great time.