Saturday meant a day trip with our cooler full of ice and drinks. We had decided to try another beach out, to the south of us, on Dauphin Island. Not to be confused with Dolphin, which I keep saying by accident! Dauphin Island is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, three miles from Mobile Bay. Again, we are very lucky to have this luxury on our doorstep!
The main road ran from East to West…or West to East, depending on which way you were travelling! The majority of houses were built on stilts to factor in any flooding in stormy weather. The widest part of the island was 1.75 miles wide, so everything could be damaged should the sea come in far enough. Scary thought eh! We drove past Fort Gaines and noted it down for a visit when are parents are across from the UK at Christmas. Cars were lined up waiting to board the ferry across the bay to Orange Beach.
We drove to the farthest point west, parked up and headed to the beach. Once Labor Day passes, we’ve been told that the beaches don’t really get busy. A few families were scattered along the coast, all far enough apart to have a private area. Unfortunately for us, there were hundreds of sandflies flying around and within seconds we were covered. I ran back to the car and proceeded to spend the next 10 minutes picking them out of my hair :-0
I feel that Mobile isn’t really a big city for tourism. There are many things to do here; museums, parks, shops…but it always seems to be quiet and peaceful. We often end up wondering where everyone is and wonder if we are missing something! Yesterday we headed downtown for some lunch and I then wanted to go and visit the library. I was intrigued more than anything, not only was this grand building huge (bigger than most libraries I have seen), it was also quite mysterious. From the outside, you could not see into the building. Every time we had driven past, I had always wondered what it was like inside.
I had been on the website and looked into getting a library card. I wasn’t entirely convinced that I would be eligible but I had proof of our stay and address. The online catalogue also showed that there were some Mollie Makes books available; the ones that I had been looking at buying!
The car park was busy. It appeared that this was the place where everyone was! I filled out the form, presented my ID and was given a brand new library card. Now, I hate to admit this but I haven’t used a library since my time in University, where all of the books I read were about various educational issues and they would help me to write assignments. Over the last couple of years I have taken my class to visit their local library but never actually used it myself!
We are in Mobile, AL for Adam’s work. We are becoming more aware that we are not holiday so we are trying to eat more home cooked meals rather than going out. When we are on holiday, we eat out every night. As nice as it can be, it also costs more. We have decided to eat out once (maybe twice) each week. We still want to experience what food the USA has to offer us. If we have friends and family over, we want to be able to take them to places we have tried and approved!
We decided to head out for some food last night. Quite often we find ourselves driving or walking until we find somewhere that has something we fancy on the menu. This can be great when you find a good place to eat, but not so good if the food isn’t that great and the online reviews we read afterwards are rubbish!
Last night we went to Kitchen on George. This restaurant is #1 on the Tripadvisor restaurant list for Mobile. We know that not everyone likes using the reviews. I don’t always review everywhere we go so I presume that is the same for others too. I generally write a review if the food is either outstanding or rubbish……I hardly ever review the ‘in the middle’ good food restaurants. Anyway, with over 500 restaurants in the city, we have made the decision to work our way down the list.
When Adam came to Alabama last year, he found a restaurant on his way home from a shopping trip. When he rang me later that evening, he could not stop talking about the food, the experience and the atmosphere.
Lambert’s Cafe. Three sites in the US; we visited the one in Foley. No reservations. No credit cards. Just turn up and wait.
All that Adam kept telling me was that they threw bread at you and you had to shout up if you wanted some… to be honest, I didn’t really believe him.