First let's have some breakfast at McElroys because how often do I get to have fresh shrimp in my omelette....
and see a view like this......broody....
With a full tummy I then decided to do a bit of beach walking..but first I followed the unique walking path that goes under the I-10 freeway ramp and over the water.
With perfect views out to the ocean like this:
Then time to walk on the beach...sadly too cold for bare feet...why do I always (okay, both times!) seem to visit this place in January...the sand is a powdery white and just meant for scrunching toes into..
And a walk on the pier...
Across the road is the new Visitors Centre - the previous centre was lost during Katrina and they had to use a historic home a few blocks off the main highway. It is a state of the art facility with multimedia displays as well as films and a fantastic gift shop. (I can't believe I left without buying anything...the reason? I couldn't make up my mind what to get!)
|Yes, Biloxi celebrates Mardi Gras as well and even has a Mardi Gras museum|
|Yes, even a Mardi Gras tree|
A local artist has created sculptures from the beautiful oaks that were destroyed during Katrina...so I wandered down the median of the highway photographing these touching reminders that something beautiful can come out of something so tragic.
Well I don't know about you but I'm getting tired - let's head over to the quaint downtown and have a bit of lunch. I loved this sweet café called Le Café Beignet.
And guess what I had? I wanted peach cobbler but they had only started making it so darn..had to settle for these!
We end our walk at the Katrina memorial. This was completed by the Extreme Makeover team together with an architect and Gulf Coast residents. A touching memorial to those lost in the worst hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast.
Beside the memorial is what is called a "shoofly". Decks were built around the trucks of large oak trees, were constructed to give residents the best opportunity to enjoy breezes off the water under in the shade on a hot, humid and sultry summer day. Its name came from the servants call to “Shoo! Fly! to remove any sand flies before the owners and their guests came out to enjoy the outdoors.
I hope you enjoyed exploring Biloxi with me. The citizens of Biloxi are working hard to rebuild their city - like that steadfast old lighthouse, the symbol of their city they will not be defeated. If you are in the area please visit and help these proud people rebuild their beautiful city.