Around the World, Texas, USA

[Day trip to Downtown Houston – Houston, Texas]

April 7, 2016

We’re back! Every once in awhile, we return for a visit to Houston to see my parents…this time was no different. One quick plane ride and we were back in the humid, sunny oasis that is Houston. While Houston is really a quick ride away, they are still in the suburbs so Ben has never actually gotten to see the downtown part of the city. This called for an adventure.

9 AM – Heading down to Htown

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston [1001 Bissonnet St]

We drove on the early side to beat the traffic and also because the museum that day opened at 10:30 AM. We chose the Museum of Fine Arts for our pitstop that morning since we planned on following it up with lunch close by. The museum district is pretty close to Montrose. Montrose is a little slice of hipster in a pretty business-centric city. Little vintage shops, coffee spots, and bookstores can be found in this area. Back to the museum, here is what you can’t miss: The James Turrel Tunnel “The Light Inside” which connects two buildings you can roam freely between. It is also your path to the cafe.

Hello, lobby. We made it!

Hello, lobby. We made it!

We thought about ourselves...

We thought about ourselves…

There was ancient jewelery

There was ancient jewelry

Other artifacts

Other artifacts

and even more artifacts

and even more artifacts

Ben had to take a break

Ben had to take a break

too much cool stuff to see

too much cool stuff to see

We stumbled into the light tunnel

We stumbled into the light tunnel

Ben took things into his own hands

Ben took things into his own hands

But hey...the runway was clear for it!

But hey…the runway was clear for it!

11 AM – Coffee Sippin’

Agora [1712 Westheimer Rd]

As you can imagine being at my parents house means we keep accidentally drinking my mom’s decaf blend of coffee so we are constantly on the verge of a possible nap time. Today was no exception so we thought we’d swing by one of the coffee shops nearby. As luck would have it we found Agora Coffee. We grabbed an iced coffee and a homemade oreo cookie though I was tempted by the homemade Moon Pies (or if you are Korean, as we call them – Choco pies).

Time for a coffee break

Time for a coffee break

We sat at the coffee bar

We sat at the coffee bar

Homemade oreo

Homemade oreo

1PM – Backyard Baklava

Niko Niko’s [2520 Montrose Blvd]

For a quick lunch, I always love Niko Niko’s. It’s hard to top this Greek diner style stop that has a ton of outdoor seating and endless options on the menu. We didn’t actually save room for baklava but we split an enormous salad and plate of meat.

Ben getting ready to order

Ben getting ready to order

All the Baklava and Greek Honey Balls we did not eat from being full

All the Baklava and Greek Honey Balls we did not eat from being full

All we've got is this salt while waiting, thought about eating it mmm

All we’ve got is this salt while waiting, thought about eating it mmm

"small plates"

“small plates”

3 PM – Houston’s Germification

Bonus! Wall Hunting [Lawndale Art Center – 4912 Main St] 

I love walls of pretty much any kind the more colorful, the better. Houston has a few we didn’t make it to but this wall of what I can best describe as amoebas? Microbes? Caught my eye. Right around the bend from an old pharmacy, it is ripe for the picture taking. Go fast, I hear the walls change every once in awhile.

Hello!

Hello!

This wall was very large

This wall was very large

 I made Ben pose too

I made Ben pose too

 

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