Telegraph writer Jessamy Calkin had never been to Alabama, but always loved the American South. The UK writer flew across the pond and landed in New Orleans, hoping to experience the south. On her docket – visiting Mobile first. Her daughter, Alabama, 17, wanted to experience the state she’s named for.
The writer recapped her trip and had pleasant things to write about Mobile.
“Mobile is an old-fashioned southern sea port that prospered from a booming shipbuilding economy during the Second World War. Nearby, the USS Alabama is stationed, a battleship commissioned in 1942 that became known as ‘the hero of the pacific’,” she said.
She said she wished she would have stayed in the Battlehouse Hotel, she wrote. “Many people asked, ‘are you on business or vaycaytion?’” poking fun at the southern accent.
Calkin ventured down Dauphin Street as well.
“There is a wonderful second-hand bookshop, Bienville Books, and next to a pool bar a large biker was boiling crawfish on an industrial-looking gas burner on the pavement. We ate supper in a tall-ceilinged old pizza place called Buck’s and Jonah (Calkin’s 12-yr-old son) fell asleep with his head on the table.”
She noticed the strange weather Mobile has, as well. “It rained all the time we were there, and for a few hours there was a freakish wind. The bellhop, Jeb, said he had never seen anything like it and he had lived in Mobile all his life.”
Calkin also ventured to Monroeville and visited the museum there, with favorable reviews.
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