New to Houston? First day off, Rothko Chapel, Byzantine Chapel, Alabama Ice House.

Begin at the Rothko Chapel. Maybe you think this is a bit gloomy for a start, but sit for awhile, get your bearings, and meditate on these great purple and black works. For a contrast, head across the block to the Byzantine Chapel. What do you like better, the elaborate chapel, or the somber one? Which inspires war, which peace? What does art do for us? Which do your kids like better? Maybe they like the fountains and park in between the best.

I don’t know what time of day you did this, but it is now afternoon or early evening and time to head to the West Alabama Ice House to sit outside and relax while you drink a beer and eat 3 tacos from the taco truck. Barbacoa, pastor, I’m afraid they all taste very similar. I get the corn tortillas. Art can be heavy, sometimes, so you need this break. Don’t like beer? Get something cold to drink from the taco truck. Sit in the back, near the basketball court. Watch the kids. Watch the dogs. This place works well alone or with others.

OK, that’s it. Remember, you live here now, and there is no need to go rushing around, seeing all the sights. Anyway, its too hot. And that beer made me sleepy.

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About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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