Today was another packed day in Houston. We got up and ate breakfast and talked with Joann and Jim for a little while and then met some friends of Emily and Katie (Joe, Allison, Ashley), and Emily’s cousin Shawn and went to downtown Houston for the afternoon. The first stop was a place called Central Market, where we got an infamous sandwich. Julie mentioned this same sandwich when she was here in March. Definitely worth the pilgrimage. This was another crazy cool market with all sorts of specialty foods, including an entire row of olives, and tiny pineapples.
We got our sandwiches, ate them at the store, and then transitioned over to the Fine Art Museum. At only $7 ($3.50 for students like Trav), it was definitely worth it. They had tons of historical and regional art, and although Julie and I aren’t exactly art experts, there was new stuff to look at and appreciate, and recognizable artists like Monet and Pollock. Very cool to see this stuff in person.
There was tons of sculptures from 1000 B.C to 500 A.D., and it was really cool to see art that old. There was also a ton of religious art from Italy, 1400-1700 or so. The next picture is extremely sacrilegious, but I just couldn’t resist giving Jesus a high five. Can’t leave a Savior hanging like that.
The artwork was pretty amazing throughout. I definitely liked the more modern, stylized stuff better than the older art.
The art museum is actually stretched between two separate buildings, with an art installation “tunnel” connecting them.
After the art museum, it was back to the Woodlands for a dinner at the Guadalajara. I had empanadas to start, and beef tacos for the main course. Julie had an enchilada and a tamale. All pretty good, with a definite Tex Mex slant to things.
After dinner it was off to the Target parking lot to watch fireworks. It was kind of weird that everyone sat in the parking lot to watch the show, but it definitely was a good vantage point. Katie had the best seat in the house.
Overall another jam packed day. Kind of went south at the end as Trav, Emily, Katie and Julie watched “One Tree Hill” and I was stuck having to endure it. I am still bitter, but I consider it payback for the “Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus” debacle.