Goin’ Mobile


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Keep me movin’
I can pull up by the curb
I can make it on the road
Goin’ mobile
I can stop in any street
And talk with people that we meet
Goin’ mobile

Somehow, I don’t think The Who was singing about this little city sitting right on the central gulf coast area of Alabama…but it works for my purposes right now. I think its safe to say that Mobile is not a hotbed of activity. Yet it is making headway recreating itself in newer and more exciting ways. Lots of construction happening right now, but I get the feeling that Mobile is trying to better itself and make itself more “user friendly”.

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Being a tourist here, I feel safe as I walk around the small streets. No one bothers me and its quiet. This city reminds me in a lot of ways of New Orleans…only smaller. Which makes sense seeing as how “Mardi Gras” actually began here in Mobile!

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Fort Conde in Mobile

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I see museums, Fort Conde and historic buildings galore. Considering it’s been around since 1702, you better believe that Mobile has got history to flaunt…and it does! Lots of classic plantation homes with wrap-around porches.

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Parks with monuments and lots of trees with squirrels who will walk right up to you for food!

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Nutty Squirrel

Mobile is the only seaport for Alabama, so there are lots of boats and cruise liners lining the shores of the Mobile River. The river walk at Cooper Riverside Park was a great place to take my camera!

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I am staying at the new Hampton Inn…which isn’t swanky but has big rooms and is a very nice place to stay! A quick walk found a nice little coffee shop called “Serda’s“. With entertainment every evening, I found myself there a few times. I also ate dinner at “The Royal Scam” which I would recommend if you get out and about in downtown here.

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Home Away From Home

Although I really didn’t get the chance to sample the nightlife here, there were various bars lining Dauphin Street promoting musical acts and plenty of places to eat & drink. I think, if given a choice, I would come back to Mobile to get a better feel for what it has to offer…in maybe a couple of years. Give the city time to get all of the revamping done and then see how it progresses. From the looks of it, it has nowhere to go but up! And Mobile is on its way…

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4 Responses to Goin’ Mobile

  1. I can’t hear that without picturing Forrest Gump. I have the feeling the people of Alabama might have some misgivings about that movie.

  2. Woa! Woa! Woa! Alan! Where is your traditional self-portrait with your tilted shoulder and your head that goes back all it can? I am sooo disappointed in you. 😦

    You ask and you shall receive. Although why you want to see another picture of me at arms length is beyond me…

  3. I locked my keys in my car while visiting that fountain. And no I didn’t have a spare hidden. And yes I was alone. And it got scary real quick waiting on the locksmith after all the businesses had closed for the day!

    There used to be a really cool firestation museum downtown too.

  4. I was born and raised in Mobile. It is an eclectic town with many venues of interest. Some of my favorite places to go around the square are the Peanut Shop and Bienville Bookstore (aka The Haunted Bookstore). On Old Shell Rd. a local dive that has been in operation since the 60’s is the Dew Drop. Many locals go for their hotdogs and hamburgers, I enjoy their crab meat omelet sandwich with an order of onion rings.

    Hope you come back soon!

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