annejagger A BCZ Site Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:40:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Historic Buildings Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:40:10 +0000 annejagger Continue reading ]]>

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, got its name from Spanish colonial governor Bernardo de Gálvez who sent explorers to map the area in 1786. The 106-year-old Hotel Galvez bears his namesake.

Galveston’s most horrendous moments came when the island was battered by the Great Storm of 1900, the most deadly natural disaster to ever strike the U.S., leaving 6,000 islanders dead. The film, The Great Storm highlights the disaster and is shown daily at Pier 21. That devastation from the Great Storm led to the building of the Seawall which has helped protect the city from hurricanes’ devastating storm surges. The Seawall today is the city’s most popular pedestrian promenades along the beaches. Galveston did recover but was soon surpassed in size by Houston and other growing Texas cities. But its port on the Gulf of Mexico continued to welcome immigrants from all over the world. The port’s immigrant past is highlighted in the Texas Seaport Museum, also home to the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, one of only three pre-20th century sailing vessels in the world that have been restored to full sailing capacity.

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Ways to Send Your Stay Into Overtime Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:18:15 +0000 annejagger Continue reading ]]>

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 Galveston!

• Have a relaxing stay at one of Galveston’s many resorts, hotels, beach houses, condos or bed & breakfasts. Sometimes sleeping in is what vacation is all about!

• For sure entertainment, catch a show at the Island ETC Theater.

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Spring Break on a Budget Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:07:20 +0000 annejagger Continue reading ]]>

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 led by volunteers from Artist Boat and marine biologists from Texas A&M University-Galveston. Tours will be offered March 16-18 during spring break.

Galveston Island Pass. Get your passport to adventure and savings with the new Galveston Island Pass. Load your pass with four or more participating attractions and save 40 percent off regular admission prices. Stroll the Strand. The downtown area offers an intriguing selection of shops, restaurants, galleries and museums within a perfect radius for self-guided tours. The Victorian architecture of The Strand makes for a charming stroll. Saegnerfest Park at 23rd and Strand is a free family park and home to a life-size chessboard and frequent live entertainment. Galveston Island State Park. The Galveston Island State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor activities that are free to participate in. While there’s a $5 parking charge to get into the park, you can enjoy kayak tours, beach and surf explorations, bird walks, nature field trips and fishing clinics at no cost.

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Avoiding the Principal’s Office Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:59:00 +0000 annejagger Continue reading ]]>

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, skateboards coffee makers, hotplates, baseball bats, flammable liquids, dangerous chemicals, bleach…and the list goes on!

One of the biggest concerns for cruise ships is the possibility of fire onboard. One frayed cord or forgotten iron can lead to tragedy at sea. I don’t know about you, but Lorraine would prefer not having to don a Mae West and scramble to board a lifeboat in the middle of the night because some idiot’s heating pad shorted out and set their cabin aflame! And regarding the alcohol policy, it finally makes sense to Lorraine (after all these many years of cruising) that it’s true intent is NOT to sell more drinks – but to (somewhat) control the number of loud obnoxious drunks to save them from themselves. Yep! Studies have shown that contrary to popular opinion, alcohol sales remain about the same even when personal alcohol is allowed. Go figure! Take it from Lorraine it’s not a fun way to spend the first day of your cruise. Been there done that! LOL!

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Buying batik in Indonesia Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:09:43 +0000 annejagger Continue reading ]]>

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?

It’s hard to tell when you’re dealing with hundreds of thousands of rupiah. Later, when I did the conversion, I realised I had spent more than $100. By Indonesian standards, that’s an obscene amount of money. Back at the hotel, I looked up Jalan Malioboro again. “Beware of batik scam”, one of the first posts said. Our experience was textbook. The batik we bought were more than likely screen-printed fakes, worthless pieces of cloth. The main lessons I learned? They’re painfully obvious, but in the heat of the moment, it can be easy to forget. Always do your research. Be skeptical if someone is too helpful to be true. And know the damn currency conversion. I know you’re judging me. Don’t worry, the cats on my wall are, too.

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Jakarta Capital Indonesia travel guide Wed, 19 Apr 2017 03:03:00 +0000 annejagger Continue reading ]]>

Jakarta is a metropolitan city which has millions enchantments to enjoy. There are many comfortable malls and luxurious plazas for shopping, entertainment places like bars, night club, discotheques and live music, as well as international restaurants serving good taste cuisines. Besides modernity, there’re many simplicity you could see in Jakarta, such as small shops (warung) under the tent, sidewalk shops, bajaj (three wheeled vehicle), and bicycle ojek (ride by bicycle).

There are many luxurious and enchanted stared hotels for staying in Jakarta. However, cheap hotels and motels can be found too. Luxurious hotels usually located at the exclusive area called the Golden Triangle, which covers Jalan Sudirman, Jalan Gatot Subroto and Jalan HR. Rasuna Said (usually called as Kuningan area). Besides, luxurious hotels can be found around Jalan Thamrin as well. Cheap hotels and motels are usually located at Jalan Jaksa, Jalan Wahid Hasyim and Jalan Cikini Raya.

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing exhibits and events Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:52:00 +0000 annejagger Continue reading ]]>

Moody Gardens has a plethora of outstanding events and fun things to do in Galveston, TX. As the most convenient hotel near Moody Gardens, we have intimate knowledge of the area’s activities. Here are our picks for the ten best Moody Gardens exhibits and events to experience during your stay with us.

1. SpongeBob SubPants Adventure lets you dive into adventure with SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends at Bikini Bottom. Interact with the hapless captain, Patrick Star, and embark on an unforgettable family adventure.

2. Colonel Paddlewheel Boat gives you an hour-long cruise aboard a replica of an 1800s paddlewheel boat. Private cruises and dinner are also available for bigger groups.

3. See a 3D movie at the MG 3D Theater, with the latest Hollywood films and educational films on history and nature.

4. Or take your movie to another dimension at the 4D Special Effects Theater, with shows every 20 minutes.

5. Zip through the air on a rope or zipline course. Small kids can even take on the Small Tykes Rope Course.

6. In summer, splash in the sun at Palm Beach Waterpark, with its white sand and palm trees. (Closed until summer 2017.)

7. In winter, visit the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights, a mile-long trail with more than one million lights, and a 100 lighted scenes. Skate in the only outdoor skating rink in the area, too.

8. Golf seven days a week at Galveston’s premier golf course, the Moody Gardens Golf Course.

9. Learn about the local environment at a free birding class, presented by Moody Gardens and Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council.

10. Relax on the beachfront with music during the Bands on the Sand concert series every summer.

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Best Shopping Mon, 17 Apr 2017 03:07:34 +0000 annejagger Continue reading ]]>

Hendley Market offers antiques, such as books and medical equipment, but the real draw is the store’s large selection of nativities and santons. Shoppers will find over 200 nativities from far away places like Bethlehem and Germany. The santons, or small collectible figurines often associated with religious themes, come mostly from Mexico. Located in the 1891 Van Alstyne House, The Gingerbread House features 14 different rooms adorned with eye-catching antiques. Items include china, crystal, furniture, and jewelry, as well as Victorian dolls and hats. Historic cities always seem to have a local artist who dedicates time and energy to capturing the spirit of the city’s past. Pam Heidt specializes in Galveston’s rich Victorian history, and J. Bangle Gallery specializes in her artwork. Heidt’s oils and watercolors are not all that shoppers find, however. The gallery also offers frames and a respectable collection of coins and other antiques.

Wherever you travel, it’s always interesting to see what regional artists are producing. Buchanan Gallery is your best bet for a wide range of contemporary art, including paintings, sculptures, and a variety of other media. A traditional beach-town souvenir shop, Lafitte’s Beat presents over 2,500 square feet of gift items, beachwear, and nautical-inspired merchandise. In the early 1800s, the store remains rooted in its coastal surroundings. Shells and local coral are popular souvenirs, but shoppers can also find ship’s wheels and lamps. Of course, as in most stores of its kind, you can also buy shot glasses, children’s toys, and salt and pepper shakers. During the 1800s and early 1900s, The Strand Historic District was the most affluent area of town and still features many of the city’s upscale establishments. Visitors can choose from one of over 100 shops and restaurants to pass their time, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride to enjoy the romantic charm of the neighborhood.

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing best nightlife Wed, 12 Apr 2017 02:57:05 +0000 annejagger Continue reading ]]> Galveston Capital Tourism best nightlife

We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Galveston nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don’t have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Galveston Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can’t miss. Located on Galveston’s Seawall just steps from the beach, Captain Jack’s is the only outside bar with a view of the ocean. The tiki bar atmosphere and live music on weekend nights make it a relaxing choice for a night out.

One of four bars that make up Galveston’s Island Famous, Tiki Bar serves up more than 50 varieties of beers and a cocktail menu featuring Tiki’s signature Pina Colada. Come watch a game on the flat screen TVs while you kick back over a cold beverage. For a more upscale nightlife experience in Galveston, Drip is the place to be. With bottle service and a DJ, expect to dance the night away. Drinks are reasonably-priced, especially during happy hour, and the beach views are the cherry on top of this great find. A nicer alternative to its sister bar, The Spot (located next door), Drip enforces a dress code. Don’t expect to get through the doors wearing a swimsuit.

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Online Info Blog Strategies against identity theft and financial fraud Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:16:49 +0000 annejagger Continue reading ]]> Online Info Blog identity theft

Identity theft is all around us, even in Joliet and Will County. It seems that almost every week, we read about an identity theft arrest or a warning on the latest scam. From an unsolicited phone call requesting financial information to an email seeking your Social Security number to claim a prize, it’s likely that many of us have experienced an attempt at identity theft or financial fraud. Make sure to regularly scan statements for any unusual charges, as that can help with early detection. In addition, take advantage of requesting the three free credit reports you are entitled to each year.

There is no doubt we live in an age of technology. Almost everything can be done from the comfort of our own computers or on a smartphone, but keeping up with all the advances can be difficult, and technology can also represent new points of access for identity thieves. It is not uncommon for identity thieves to get creative in locating personal information. How many of us think twice before throwing away a paper statement or bill? It may not seem like a big deal, but these types of documents contain a wealth of personal information that can be used to perpetuate fraud.

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