Football and More

img_8592All the talk about and around Houston these days involves the Super Bowl to be played here Sunday.

img_8595Downtown Super Bowl Center is alive with activity and thousands gather to participate in the goings on and, perhaps, spot a celebrity or two.

img_8594From what I see and hear there is something for everyone be it art or live performances.

Office View HoustonAs exciting as all this is, there’s more to this big city than Super Bowl activities, and, hopefully, visitors will have opportunity to take some of it in.

Houston is a city of bayous designed for drainage, but they are also becoming sources for outdoor activity.  Buffalo Bayou is the largest, and it has recently undergone significant change.

These days folks can hike and bike,  kayak 

bbayou-4-e1462310177369or take a scenic boat ride on the bayou.

img_1652-version-2For sure, visitors will find lots of good eats in Houston as it is one of the country’s best foodie cities with cuisines for every palate.  One could eat here for a very long time without having to go to the same restaurant twice.

img_7776sA don’t miss is TexMex.  It doesn’t get any better than at any one of the many Mexican restaurants here.

MFAHFor quieter moments, a visit to one of Houston’s outstanding museums is a delight

img_1205-1as is a stroll through a nearby park.

As I think about it, there’s much that Houston has to offer, but with the emphasis on football some visitors  may not get an opportunity to experience it.  Come Sunday, if I open the windows it just might be possible to hear the noise of the crowd cheering for a favorite team.  For a few thousand dollars I could be there, too, but I’ll be watching on TV with plenty of chips and queso handy.   

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Last Stop New Orleans

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Our last stop on the long road from Maine to Houston is New Orleans, not the craziness of the French Quarter but the quieter Garden District. Here, instead of fancy hotels, are charming inns that exude the character of earlier days.

20131116-201802.jpgStreets are lined with houses from another era and defined with stunning architectural details.

20131116-202443.jpgWhat do they all have in common? Wrought iron making me think it must have been very profitable to have been a decorative metal worker at one time!

20131116-202645.jpgAs with any place, there are those homes that have fallen into disrepair, but even those have lovely lines that challenge the imagination.

20131116-213521.jpgOn the perimeter of the Garden District is the Lafayette Cemetery designated as a historical landmark. Because of the gumbo soil the tombs are above ground and are examples of incredible artistry. I can spend hours here wandering among the structures, studying their detail and reading the plaques.

20131116-222538.jpgJust a few blocks from the cemetery is Magazine Street, a great place for browsing. Even though there wasn’t much time for shopping, I saw plenty to strike my fancy!

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Of course, you can’t go to New Orleans without thinking about food. Commander’s Palace is in the same area, and this night the staff was kind enough to let me come into the kitchen, take pictures and ask all kinds of questions about food preparation. What fun that was!

20131116-220011.jpgOn this brief visit, the hubby wanted to visit the museums dedicated to the Civil War and World War II. If you’ve not been, put them on your list of places to go next time in New Orleans.

The long road home has been just that, 13 states and 2500 miles, but it has opened my eyes to how much there is to see in this country of ours if we just take the time.

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