The Texas Renaisssance Festival 1
A very bizarre event!
Hopefully the pictures will give you an idea of what's going on.
The event has taken place since 1974 over 4 or 5 weekends in October and possibly November.
Before arriving I though it would be a day out of "16th centruy Olde English charm", and there is a bit of that, although there's alsorts of other cultures represented as well.
My friends and I summed it up as "harry potter meets lord of the rings".
Some of the visitors also get very enthusiastic with their outfits for the day - there were some very dodgy people in strange leather costums. You really don't know where to look!! Jousting was very well done and the acting was very amusing!!
This picture was from the King and Queen's Welcome!
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Armand Bayou Nature Center, Clear Lake area
This is a preserved bayou (= river/wet land in Southern US english) in the Clear Lake area (SE Houston, near NASA-Johnson Space Center). It is ideal to get an idea of what the area looked lke before Houston existed. It has several loop trails, each passing a different natural environment: wet-land, coastal forest, prairie. To observe birds and alligators, the best is to rent a canoe and paddle the many water ways. The center also organizes early morning canoe trips to watch the wild life ($20, reservation necessary).
if you do not want to pay the $3 to enter the Nature Center, you can always go to Bay Area Park just West of it, where they have a nice pier with a great view on the bayou.
Address: 8500 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77507
From Houston, take I-45 South, take exit 26 at Bay Area Boulevard, go east 7 miles just past Bay Area Park.
Transportation Airport to City
Car rental. I strongly recommand that you rent a car in Houston. There is no common transportation, and the city is huge. You need a car to go everywhere. All the main rental car agencies are available at Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports. Go to http://iah.houstonairportsystem.org/rentalcars for details.
Taxi. Here are the rates (September 2003) depending where you go from Bush Intercontinental:
North Houston, 610 North $33.50
Galleria, Greenway Plaza, Medical Center, Memorial, River Oaks $43.50
Astrodome/Reliant Park $47.00
Hobby Airport $51.50
West Memorial, Bear Creek $57.50
Ellington Field, Westside $62.50
NASA, Space Center, Southern suburbs of Houston $73.50
Express Bus Shuttle Here are the rates per person (September 2003) depending where you go from Bush Intercontinental:
Astrodome/Reliant Park $20
Greenway Plaza $20
Medical Center $20
Westside Hotels $24
Hobby Airport $20
Children's Fare (5-12 years) $6
Limousine Here are the rates (September 2003) depending where you go from Bush Intercontinental:
Galveston, Texas City, League City, LaMarque, Hitchcock $30
NASA, Clear Lake, Webster, Ellington Field $25
Pelican Island $30
Regular Bus Line 102 departs from South of Terminal C at Bush Intercontinental.
Excellent French/American, all in red! (Montrose)
Rouge is a recently opened restaurant in the Montrose area. As its name indicates, the decor is all in red (bordeaux). The service and food are excellent for the price. The presentations of the dishes are very original and nice, and the portions sizes very reasonable (not too big like in most American restaurants!). Can be a very romantic restaurant especially in the small room upstairs. The food is a cross between French (with a tinge of North African) and American. They change the menu regularly and experiment. Count $150 for 2 persons with wine. We loved the lamb and the rabbit dishes!
The Ferrari F430 was set up like a race car. It was AWESOME!!! When my husband pressed the gas, it took off like a rocket! But, it slowed down immediately when you pressed the brake. We can't decide which one we liked the best....Ferrari or Lamborghini!!