The party continues on at the Hotel ZaZa Houston. The black limo resting beneath the party lights at this upscale hotel seems to set the mood for a very special evening for some lucky party-goers. Located between downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center, their central location makes it a great gathering place.
Most cities have a iconic location that everyone visits when visiting there. For New Orleans, it has to be Jackson Square, a historic park in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. With the St. Louis Cathedral at one end and Cafe Du Monde and Washington Artillery Park at the other, you can not help but stop and appreciate the view. I’ve never made it inside the cathedral when it was open or at least when I had time to investigate it, but hope to go back and see the inside.
Here, the city lights reflect off the low clouds, giving it a surreal atmosphere in the early hours before dawn. During the day, the street is lined with horse drawn carriages, lots of cars and people milling about everywhere. You can also find local artists showing their creations along the sidewalks too.
The John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas celebrates the remarkable diversity and extraordinary accomplishments of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, as well as the continuity of their rich cultural traditions. HMNS.org
There were many interesting figures as part of the Hall of the Americas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science including this “bulto” from the Peruvian coast, taken from a recent Pixel Party.
Walking around the French Quarter, you always seemed to be dodging trash cans. The streets are not wide to start with and the clubs generate their fair share of waste. Since not everyone is as tidy as they should be, the trash cans are not always used. Watching where you walk can be a full time event cruising through some areas.
The times I drive into work can vary from day to day, so catching a sunrise can be a bit tricky. What is even trickier is trying to photograph it without stopping. Not to worry though… I drive one of those four-lane roads, with center turn lane and wide shoulders, making it almost 6 lanes wides. On this morning, there was no traffic coming or going, so I could slow down and shoot out the driver’s window for a few brief seconds. Okay, maybe more than a few brief seconds.
Avery Island, in New Iberia, Louisiana is the home of Tabasco. It’s the only place in the world where it is made, yet is sold world-wide. They have a small tour you can take of the plant, but the highlight of your visit will be their country store where you can buy all things Tabasco, as well as taste tests of each of their current offerings.
Here is another view of the Grand Palais in Paris. It fits right in with the rest of the architectural style found throughout Paris and Europe, with the Roman influence of the large columns and the statues that rise above each entrance and corner of this spectacular building. Visit this site for a great animation of the the Grand Palais.