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Visiting the Orange Show Foundation: Fantastic Folk Art in Houston

The Orange Show Foundation is an homage to the imagination and creativity of Jeff McKissack. Built on Houston's east side, you must see this to believe it!

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The Moraga Steps: A Hidden Tourist Attraction in San Francisco

The Moraga Steps located in the Sunset district of San Francisco are a hidden tourist attraction. This little-known site is far away from other tourist attractions and offers a beautiful view of the city and the ocean from the top.

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The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya: A Buddhist Shrine in the Colorado Rockies

Information and photos of the Great Stupa Of Dharmakaya, a Buddhist shrine near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado.

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Visiting Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Actors Die to Get in Here!)

Read about my visit to Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This is a cemetery like no other—full of burial places for loved ones, monuments to famous Hollywood actors, cultural and entertainment center, garden beauty, classic architecture, sites on National Register of Historic Places, and more.

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Michigan Lighthouses on Lake Superior

Of all the Michigan Lighthouses, those on Lake Superior stand alone. Lake Superior is a cold, deep lake that often acts more like an ocean and has claimed more lives than any other Michigan Lake. Join me as I travel up the shipwreck coast exploring the lighthouses along the way.

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Visiting the Mayan Ruins of Dzibilchaltún in Mexico

Some information and photos of Dzibilchaltún, the small Mayan archeological site on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.

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A Guide to Visiting Montréal, Canada

With nearly a dozen visits to Montréal under my belt, I know a thing or two about the place. Here's my guide to this modern North American city with a European vibe.

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Rosenberg Arts Alliance: Enticing Public Art Benches Downtown

Thanks to the Rosenberg Arts Alliance, local artists have painted a number of outdoor benches in the historic downtown area.

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Houston: Fascinating Facts and Information for Visitors

Learn about the countless things that make living in Houston or visiting this large metropolitan city worthwhile. We have an abundance of things to see and do here!

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3 Historic Sites in New York That Only Locals Know About

The FDR Presidential Library and Museum on the eastern side of the state and Forest Lawn to the west are two historic NY sites worth visiting.

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The Somesville Bridge, Mount Desert Island's Most Photographed Bridge

Located in the charming historic village of Somesville on Mount Desert Island, the Somesville Bridge creates a stunning reflective panorama and is one of the most photographed bridges in Maine.

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Landmark Williams Water Wall in Galleria Area of Houston

One of the most photographed places in Houston is the Williams Water Wall near the Galleria Shopping Mall. Wedding photos & more are taken there.

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Chapel of St. Basil: An Architectural Beauty in Houston

The Chapel of St. Basil is an architectural marvel designed by architect Philip Johnson in 1997 located on the University of St.Thomas campus in Houston.

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Red Queen's Attic: Antique Shopper's Delight in Rosenberg, TX

Red Queen's Attic is a large family-owned antiques and collectibles store in downtown Rosenberg, TX. The wide aisles and artful displays enable fun shopping.

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Tim Bailey Sculpture in Eleanor Tinsley Park Houston

The Tim Bailey sculpture titled "Shady Grove" in Houston's Eleanor Tinsley Park holds meaning for victims of crime. It is one of several notable sculptures in this park.

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"Monument au Fantôme" by Jean Dubuffet in Downtown Houston

The "Monument au Fantôme" by Jean Dubuffet in Discovery Green Park, located in downtown Houston adds much to the public art scene in our art-loving city.

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Visiting the Historic Washington Cemetery in Houston, Texas

Houston's historic Washington Cemetery was originally a German Cemetery. It has many beautiful gravestones, some of which date back to the 1800s.

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Shady Lane Park: Shows Importance of Bayous in Houston

Shady Lane Park teaches people about the importance of bayous in the Houston area. It has nature-inspired playground equipment, a splash pad, a community center, and more.

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Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace: A Houston Oddity

Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace, with its golden geodesic dome, is a Houston oddity. Although designated a non-profit entity, the construction ceased. Learn why here.

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Little Cypress Creek Preserve: Wildlife Habitat in Cypress, TX

Located in Cypress, TX, the 58-acre Little Cypress Creek Preserve is a rustic nature reserve amid surrounding subdivisions. Birders like this place!

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Paseo Park in Bellaire, TX: History and Beauty on Display

The pretty 6.5-acre Paseo Park is on the wide esplanade of Bellaire Boulevard in Bellaire, TX. It has a streetcar, art, clock, war memorial, and historical markers.

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Houston Heights World War Two Memorial: Heartfelt Tribute

The Houston Heights WWII Memorial honors all those from the Heights who served their country, both living and dead, during that war. It is a beauty!

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Exploring the "Texas Legacy" Sculpture and More at the Astrodome

The "Texas Legacy" sculpture is one of many beautiful Western sculptures near Carruth Plaza, the Astrodome and NRG Stadium in Houston. See photos here.

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Roots the Salon, Houston: Murals Past and Present

View the delightful, eye-catching murals that have been painted on the side of the Houston hair salon called Roots the Salon, located in the Montrose area.

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Congressman Bill Archer Park: Houston Dog Park Heaven!

Located in western Houston, Congressman Bill Archer Park is a popular dog park for both large & small canines. A small skate park is also located there.

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Galveston, Texas: Historic Strand District, Harbor, and Tourism

Enjoy seasonal activities like Mardi Gras in Galveston, or hit the beaches, visit museums and historic houses, eat fresh seafood, take cruises, and more!

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Houston Galleria Springtime Primavera Event

Primavera is an annual springtime event in the Houston Galleria mall. Landscaping companies set up displays all throughout the mall and bring the wonders of outdoors inside.

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Mandell Park in Houston: Neighborhood Urban Harvest Oasis

Mandell Park is one of the many Urban Harvest community gardens in Houston located in the Montrose area. Community involvement has beautified this spot.

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Houston’s Hermann Park: So Many Attractions!

Hermann Park is filled to the brim with attractions, including golf, an outdoor theater, museum, zoo, lake, Japanese garden, miniature railroad, playgrounds, and so much more.

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Visiting the Eastside Farmer’s Market in Houston

The Eastside Farmer's Market is held each Saturday from 8 AM to noon. In addition to fresh produce, there are flowers, food trucks, entertainment and more.

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Zube Park: Houston Live Steamers Miniature Train Ride!

Once a month, there is a free miniature-train ride for everyone to experience in Zube Park located in Hockley, TX. See soccer fields and other amenities.

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Seabourne Creek Nature Park: Peaceful Haven in Rosenberg, TX

The Seabourne Creek Nature Park in Rosenberg, Texas, consists of 164 acres of open prairie, lake, wetlands, and bird sanctuary. It is educational and amazing!

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Teo Chew Temple: Located in Houston’s Chinatown

The Teo Chew Temple is a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple located in southwest Houston. The Teochew people who came here from Vietnam operate this sanctuary.

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Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire, TX: Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Sculpture

One item that makes Evelyn's Park in Bellaire, TX, unique is the fantastic sculpture of Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter Tea Party.

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Theis Attaway Park: Small Nature Center in Tomball, Texas

Theis Attaway Park is a 4-acre nature preserve in Tomball, Texas, with a pond, observation platform, amphitheater, 1/4-mile trail, lawn area, and restrooms.

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Silver Street Studios in Houston: Fun and Quirky Exterior Murals

There are many eye-catching murals painted on the exterior of the art studios at Silver Street Studios in Houston. Take a look and learn about the artists.

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August Antiques Store in Houston Heights

August Antiques Store in the Houston Heights has a fantastic variety of items for sale, including salvaged windows and doors, religious articles, books, and more. The building also has history!

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Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve: Nature Lover's Paradise in Houston

The 80-acres of Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve has forested areas + 40-acres of Marshall Lake. View wildlife, walk the trails, enjoy scout activities & more.

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Listening Vessels at Houston Discovery Green Park

Listening Vessels are stone sound sculptures in downtown Houston's Discovery Green Park. People can sit and whisper and hear one another from 70 feet apart!

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Glenwood Cemetery in Houston: Who’s Who of Spectacular Grave Sites

Plan a visit to Glenwood Cemetery in Houston (origin, 1871) to see opulent gravestones in a breathtaking setting. Many prominent people are buried here.

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Antique Dolphin Fountain in Houston’s Lamar Park

One of Houston's oldest fountains, the antique dolphin fountain, is located in the half-acre Lamar Park in the Hyde Park neighborhood established in 1893.

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Louise Nevelson Sculpture in Houston: "Frozen Laces - One"

"Frozen Laces - One" is a steel sculpture installation in downtown Houston created by well-known artist Louise Nevelson. See photos and videos about her life story.

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Goforth Park on Horsepen Creek in Cypress, Texas: Honoring Deputy Darren Goforth

Goforth Park in Cypress, TX, named after Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, consists of a playground, dog park, and a 1.97-mile trail surrounding water.

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Oyster Creek Park: Spectacular Beauty and Art in Sugar Land, Texas

Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land, Texas, is a beauty! Trails, spectacular water features, art, a pavilion, lawn spaces, and more delight people of all ages.

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Beautiful Lombard Lamp: Gift to City of Houston

The Lombard Lamp on Heights Boulevard was a gift from the people of Hamburg, Germany, to the City of Houston. It is a beauty! See photos and learn about it here.

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Tiny Boxwoods: Cafe, Nursery, and Gift Shop in Houston

Tiny Boxwoods is a delightful escape from the norm in the Highland Village area of Houston. It consists of a cafe, garden nursery, and gift shop.

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Visiting Key Vista Nature Park: Holiday, Florida

Key Vista Nature Park is located on the gulf coast, north of Tampa, and provides visitors the opportunity to see over 220 bird species in a beautiful setting.

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Donovan Park: Fun Castle Playground in Houston Heights

Donovan Park is a fabulous children's playground owned and managed by the Houston Heights Association.

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Eight Ways to Enjoy a Day in Encinitas, California

I spent a mere 24 hours in the excellent Southern California beach town of Encinitas (Spanish for ‘little oaks’) this winter. Here's how I spent that perfect day!

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Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is a place where visitors can learn about nature and the environment while taking classes or just by taking a stroll.