I am SO proud of Houston! I was downtown last night at Discovery Green......and it was.....green.
Green grass, green trees, beautiful lawns and water features everywhere. Add to that the fact that the Rockets and the Astros were playing nearby and downtown was "hopping". And, I do mean "hopping".
Little ones were leaping through the "water feature" that is reminiscent of us running through the sprinklers as kids. Adults were strolling and looking at the art cars parked everywhere. Some guys who imitate the Blues Brothers (and looked like them) were singing with their sound system, etc. on a corner and then there was a band near one of the restaurants. In addition, somehow they transplanted an allee of old, old oaks to create a magnificent walkway and the whole thing was near perfection.
I was amazed and awed that an old, ugly warehouse and parking lot area had been transformed into an area to attract multi-generations. What a delight!
We sat on the lawn after looking at all the cars, then listened to the music and saw a film about art car parades all over the world. I ran into people I know and had an inkling that this is Houston's answer to the jardins of Mexico. There certainly was a lot of parading going on.
So, if you get to Houston, make a point of going down in the evening and just strolling. Enjoy the
fragrance of the gardenias and other plantings. See the boats floating on the ponds and have a drink or two at The Grove. It is well worth it.
By the way, my friends that I went with decided, without reading the blog, that we needed to go to Tony Mandola's for dinner. I got a chuckle out of that after the comment of a reader of the blog.
I took lots of photos of the people sitting at the bar at Tony Mandola's-the art cars-and, Discovery Green. However, as you know, you'll have to wait til I get back home in Mexico in order to be able to post them on the blog - darn. But, anything worth having is worth waiting for........Right?