A Weekend Trip to Houston
This post has been a long time coming! I was just in Houston this past weekend, but I've actually been planning on going to visit since one of my best friends moved there almost a year ago. It turned out to be every bit as fun as I expected - although I almost always love exploring a new city. It seemed like the perfect time of year to be there though, besides being a little rainy, the weather was absolutely beautiful. Alright, let's get on to good eats and good sights!
Houston seems to me to be filled with art. There are giant murals dotted around the downtown area, and while one of the walls I wanted to see in particular had been painted over, the Houston is Inspired mural was awesome and apparently quite a popular spot because plenty of people were taking pictures there.
After a little bit of a self-guided tour of these walls, we headed to the Menil Collection. It's a fairly small museum - I think we made it through it in an hour or so. They had an amazing collection of modern art, but also a room filled with classical art from Egypt, Greece, and Byzantium, as well as a collection of traditional art from the Pacific Islands. There was pretty much something for every kind of art fan, and I highly recommend it. My friend even liked it so much he went back after I left! And right next door is the Rothko Chapel, which is unbelievably serene and quite hard to describe. When you're done with all of the art, Good Dog is close by for some gourmet and locally made hot dogs!
The most amazing sight by far that we got to see was the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Houston (which is where all of these pictures were taken). It's a traditional Hindu temple, and the building itself and the grounds around it are just spectacular. The level of detail in the architecture was incredible to see in person, and I highly recommend going at sunset like we did for seriously dreamy lighting. The temple itself is open to visitors, so you can go inside, but we chose to just wander around outside.
Last but certainly not least, if you're looking for a fancy restaurant to round out your experience, Potente is amazing. It's one of two restaurants that are quite close to the Houston Astros ballpark and are owned by the owner of the Astros. The Italian food takes a step beyond the basic for sure, everything was absolutely delicious, and it's the kind of service where everyone is super friendly and attentive and even put your napkin in your lap for you. It was honestly such a perfect way to end my trip, and I'm still thinking about the pasta I had.
Those are all the highlights, as this trip was a definite mix of exploration and relaxation! But there seemed to be tons of both awesome and free things to do in the city, and I'd love to go back!