Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Texas | Houston City Guide

When I told my friends that I'd be going to Texas for a holiday, I got surprised looks, followed by "But why Texas?" To be honest, I wasn't really able to answer that question myself. All I knew was that in the small desert town of Marfa I'd find some cool museums and art, including the famous Prada Marfa store which you're probably all familiar with as well. But I had no idea what to expect from the main cities like Houston, Austin, and Dallas. We spent a total of 10 days in Texas, road tripping. I absolutely loved it and Texas surprised me in so many different (good) ways. So here's my Texas series, starting with Houston. Next up will be Austin, Marfa, Dallas and everything in between. But let's not get ahead of ourselves...
Texas | Houston City Guide


Hyatt Place Galleria Houston
For the first couple of nights, we booked the Hyatt Place Houston Galleria hotel. I'm sure that there are more exciting hotels in Houston, but this was convenient for us. It wasn't expensive at all and it was comfortable + we got a decent breakfast. Also, it's located near the massive Galleria mall which has every shop you can imagine.
5252 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77056, USA


Hyatt Place Galleria Houston

Nobie's
We arrived late afternoon on Thursday and went for an early dinner at Nobie's, a restaurant I found online. It's very close to the Menil Collection, which we visited the following day. The staff was super friendly and helped us pick some delicious wines, beers and dishes to share. The cuisine is New American. The beer battered tater tots are a safe bet, and we had a delicious fish too. All-in-all, it was somewhat of a heavy meal because most dishes we chose contained something fried. But everything was tasty! 
2048 Colquitt St, Houston, TX 77098, USA


Nobie's Houston

Nobie's Houston


Nobie's Houston


Nobie's Houston


Nobie's Houston

Nobie's Houston


The Menil Collection - Rothko Chapel - Cy Twomby - Dan Flavin
The Menil Collection is a private art collection which contains an impressive 17.000 art works. Unfortunately, the museum was closed for the summer (so sad!), but surrounding the museum there are several buildings/galleries which are really worth a visit (all part of the Menil complex).  The Cy Twombly Gallery, Byzantine Fresco Chapel, Dan Flavin Installation and Rothko Chapel are all open for viewing. There are no pictures allowed inside any of these, but the most impressive was the Rothko Chapel. It's an octagonal chapel with 14 Rothko works inside, it's very impressive. 
> 1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006


The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection


The Menil Collection


The Menil Collection


The Menil Collection


The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection

Tacos Tierra Caliente 
Another place I found online was this Tex-Mex taco truck. Because when in Texas, you gotta eat Tex-Mex. This taco truck serves up the freshest tacos, quesadillas and tortas. Everything made to order, super tasty and cheap. Order your tacos, wait till they're done and walk across the street to the West Alabama Icehouse, where you can order some drinks and sit down to enjoy your Mexican feast. We did exactly that and it was finger-licking good. 
> 2003 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098, USA

Tacos Tierra Caliente

Tacos Tierra Caliente


Tacos Tierra Caliente

Tacos Tierra Caliente


Tacos Tierra Caliente

Tacos Tierra Caliente

Tacos Tierra Caliente

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Next museum on the list was the MFAH. Maybe it was because I wasn't expecting much, but I was pretty blown away by this museum. It has everything. Dutch Masters, Baroque paintings, Michelangelo, O'Keeffe, Calder, Rothko, Picasso, Brancusi... They even have a big James Turrell installation, which we had a little fun with. A great place to spend a couple hours wandering around. 
> 1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, USA


The Museum of Fine Arts Houston


The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston


The Museum of Fine Arts Houston


The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Cullen Sculpture Garden
Adjacent to the MFAH, there's an outdoor sculpture garden which was created by Isamu Noguchi. It showcases 20th and 21th-century sculptures by artists such as Fontana, Rodin, Louise Bourgeois and Calder. We also had a sneak peek of a new work by Anish Kapoor, which I later found out arrived the day before we landed. A lucky coincidence! 
> 900 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, USA


Cullen Sculpture Garden

Cullen Sculpture Garden


Cullen Sculpture Garden

Cullen Sculpture Garden


Cullen Sculpture Garden

Cullen Sculpture Garden

James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University 
I love James Turrell's art works because they're true "experience" art works. It's not art you simply look at and enjoy, but you're immersed in it. You can really experience it for yourself. This is why we took a little drive to Rice University on our final morning in Houston before continuing our trip. This Turrell has somewhat of an odd location, bang in the center of a university campus (if I were a student here I'd come here every day). It has kind of a pyramid shape, wrapped in the most perfect green lawn. 

We visited the Sky Space in the morning, but the best time to come is around sunset or sunrise since there's a light show then (it looks epic). But during the daytime it's pretty impressive too. You can walk around inside the building and all around. It was fun since we were the only ones there! Definitely worth a visit. 
Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, Houston, TX 77005, USA

James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University

James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University

James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University

James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University


James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University


James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University

James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University

James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University

James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University

James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University


Next destination: Austin! 


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