Houston, we have a free museum day

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
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Trip End Feb 21, 2014

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hello Texas i thought this place was meant to be hot? Yes it's cold here in the lone star state. Our hotel is about 30 minutes outside downtown so we joined the late morning rush hour and hit up the museum district. Today was free Thursday's so we lucked out and got into the Museum of Fine Arts and the Houston Museum of Natural Science all for nothing. That's a whopping saving of $60 which unfortunately would be spent quickly in this expensive city.

First stop was the Fine Arts Museum. Leslie will not let me visit a city without checking out at least one art museum. This place is no Tate Modern but I will give it a 6 out of 10. We spent most of our time there viewing an exhibit of Antonio Berni a Argentinean artist who did some pretty cool work constructing work out of trash and machine parts to chronicle the lives of two fictional characters Juanita Laguna and Ramona Montiel .

The main collection consisted of paintings from some of the worlds most renowned artists including Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse and even England's own Damien Hirst. Evidence to me that Houston's oil money was being put to good use.

Following lunch at Lucille's where i had a twelve dollar hot dog (See i told you Houston was expensive), we headed over to the Museum of Natural Science which has the best dinosaur collection i have ever seen. Yes that's right even better than the Natural history museum London. Once again proof that oil money can get you anything. The museum also had a Energy exhibit which was very heavy on the benefits of crude oil and only had a small reference to solar, wind and nuclear energy. I guess oil is the way forward, well at least when you have an exhibit sponsored by Exxon!

Experienced the full wrath of Houston rush hour as we headed back to our hotel in the 5pm commute. Our 30 minute journey ride into the city was turned into a 90 minute journey home. I have no idea how people can sit in this traffic everyday.

I'm still waiting to see someone wearing a cowboy hat and I dare not order a steak if the hot dogs cost $12. So far Texas has been a major let down.
 
~C
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