Texas Favorites

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Texas Favorites

  • Information / Sources

    Houston Favorites

    Before Europeans came to what is now the Houston area (the first explorator of the region being the spaniard Cabeza de la Vaca in 1528), indians called Karankawas roamed the Gulf Coast area. The last Karankawas were killed in 1858. Karankawas were nomadic hunter-gatherers, living mainly on fish. More on Karankawas can be found in the Handbook of...

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  • Architecture / Historic Buildings

    Dallas Favorites

    If you are anywhere near the West End or the JFK sites, you'll notice the old Dallas Courthouse sitting proudly on 100 S. Houston Street. The former courthouse, affectionately called OLD RED is a Romanesque Revival style building, which was erected in 1892 and is comprised of old granite and sandstone. Architects Orlopp & Kusener designed this...

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  • Capitol

    Austin Favorites

    Like all Southern States, Texas is justly proud of the men from the Lone Star State who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending their homeland against the invading Federal armies during the War for Southern Independence. The inscription on the Confederate Monument in front of the State Capitol reads: . . . . . DIED FOR STATES RIGHTS GUARANTEED...

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  • Driving / Traffic

    Houston Favorites

    Not just in Houston either. If you have to get anywhere during the rushhour time and have to get on the tollway and travel, allow for extra time. I went through 3 tolls on the way to the airport and probably added a good 25-30 minutes onto my drive just sitting in line waiting at the toll booths.

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  • About Dallas / Texas

    Dallas Favorites

    Dallas is a huge sports town. The Dallas Burn is a new major league soccer team. The Dallas Cowboys , the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, Dallas Sidekicks, Dallas Desparados and the Dallas Stars are some of the professional teams in Dallas. There are 4 local college teams (SMU, TCU, UTA, and North Texas). Local high schools also have their fans,...

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  • Bats Colony

    Austin Favorites

    The bats.....i almost forgot about the bats!!! the Congress street bridge is so cool... at sunset, the bats come out... so put on your best goth outfit & hang out by the bridge man....I personally like mixing bubbles with bats, but you have to acquire a taste for that!!!!

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  • Architecture / Historic Buildings

    Houston Favorites

    Feel its sizes and contrasts of architecture styles of different parts of city. Houston itself outside the downtown. Look at the picture - it's what I call an 'one-floor-America' - buildings do not grow up, they grow wide. It is quite strange to see sucha contrast - extremely high buildings gathered in one place, and thousands of flat houses...

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  • Dedicated to JFK

    Dallas Favorites

    Interesting museum, filled with photos of JFK, videos and personal things. I didn't take audio tour, I think there are a lot of things to read on your own. I was excited to see the boxes that were there in the moment of assassination. Also it is worth to look on the stands with different theories who odered the assassination. I would recommend...

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  • Music

    Austin Favorites

    He is considered as the best world guitar player. In France, at the same date, the world best guitar player was Sacha Distel. He contributed to make Austin the World capital of the livemusic. He died young in an aircrash. We bought some records of his music because he is not known in France. His statue is in the South Side of Town Lake, adjacent to...

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  • DOWNTOWN

    Houston Favorites

    I moved here from NYC for work reasons. I've had the best time of my life. The people have been great and I've done alot of fun things. Some of my favorite things are the area around Rice University and downtown.

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  • Eating / Drinking

    Dallas Favorites

    Texas laws concerning the selling of alcoholic beverages allow each locality to determine for itself if the sale will be permitted. And by locality the law means that each precinct (a tiny political subdivision) determines this for itself. The result is that you can cross the street in Dallas and find you have entered a "dry" precinct where...

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  • Shopping

    Houston Favorites

    A friend needed to buy some books at Barnes and Nobles and for some reason we decided to do this in Houston. While this tip is not about Barnes and Nobles, it's about the malls we went to while looking for one. The Malls in Houston, the 3 I saw anyways, were huuuge and so clean and fancy looking. I was really impressed how clean the appeared and...

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  • Combined Suggestions

    Dallas Favorites

    What is my favorite thing about Dallas? Dallas is home. The place that is for me the crossroads of the world and I am never lost and never far from the ones that I love. Dallas has more mirror glass buildings than any other city on earth, and (I'm told) more restaurants per capita than any other city on earth. In other words, my friends, we party....

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  • Museums / Theater / Music

    Houston Favorites

    Not sure where to put this .. but just a warning for those going to a concert in the Reliant Stadium... bring binoculars or prepare to spend time watching the jumbotron! You see those little people on the stage? That's Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors from the last row of the 100 series seats! Pretty small, eh? Yeah... well now you know why...

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  • People

    Dallas Favorites

    Big city but it was so easy to communicate with people and they are so easy to answer my questions. I was surprised. One lady on the train told me about all shoppings I could go to. Then we figured out that she lived in Breckenridge for a couple of year. I talked with another lady about danger of smoking (note: her smoking, I don't smoke). Nice...

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  • Combined Suggestions

    Houston Favorites

    Houston Greeters is a local organization (part of the Global Greeter network, which is in cities all over the world) that will allow visitors to spend time with local Houstonians, who will share their particular favorite spot in the city. There are many greeters and many activities to enjoy.

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  • Dallas VT Meeting

    Dallas Favorites

    Ooooops, sorry......got the pics mixed up. Actually...this Manhattan BOOMERANG BOY would fit in pretty well (and sit there and look pretty) behind the bar at the Hyatt Regency DFW, eh ladies???? Add a cowboy hat and some spurs...and VOILA! Instant Bootscootin' Boomerang Boy!

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  • Rothko Chapel

    Houston Favorites

    The Rothko Chapel is the one building that is indispensible in Houston. Its blankness, its modesty, its calm all make it the most un-Texan building in Texas. The Chapel is the gift of philanthropists John and Dominique Menil, and is located in the Montrose neighborhood. It was designed by Philip Johnson to be a non-denomination interfaith chapel....

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  • Art / Sculptures

    Dallas Favorites

    I love to go to Mustang Canyon in Los Colinas and visit the mustangs playing in the water. They are awesome. taking my husband to Mustang Canyon on our first date. Even though it was very cold it was beautiful. After we got married we went back to see the horses and stayed in the Four Seasons nearby on our wedding night.

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  • NASA Space Center Houston

    Houston Favorites

    When visiting Houston, you absolutely must go to NASA. My fondest memory of Houston is being eight years old and walking into the Astrodome for the first time with my parents and four older brothers to watch the Astros play the Expos.

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  • Driving / Traffic

    Dallas Favorites

    After picking up our rental car at DFW Airport, we headed away from Dallas for a couple of days in Oklahoma before my meetings started. The traffic was quite steady and heavy on the 635 Ring Road (noon on Saturday) until we branched off and headed north on Rt. 75 for Oklahoma. On our return, we were coming in from the east on Interstate-30 on a...

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  • Things Texan

    Houston Favorites

    Bring with you definite plans and means to leave at your earliest opportunity. Every Friday night you used to be able to go to Prince's Drive-Inn, centrally located on the southern fringe of downtown, and enjoy a piece of genuine Americana - a completely spontaneous, totally unorganized exhibition of vintage cars drawing literally dozens upon...

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  • Films / Studios

    Dallas Favorites

    The Movie Studios at Las Calinas is a working soundstage wehre many populare feature films and television programs are filmed. There is also CBS film studio where Chuck Norris filmed Texas Walker Ranger. It was right outside of where my company is located. Seeing the filming of Texas Walker Ranger and trying to get a peek at Chuck.

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  • How to get to Dallas downtown from the...

    We had 7 hours layover at Dallas airport, so we decided to go to visit Dallas downtown. The transportation we took turned out to be quite lengthy, but cheap:1. take airport bus to terminal A19 (free of charge)2. from terminal A19 take Dart yellow bus to Belt Line rail station - 5USD per person3. from Belt Line station take the train to downtown...

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  • Fantastic Visitor Centers

    The Texas highway commission have built some of the nicest rest areas and visitor centers in the U.S.. They are well maintained and most are full of information. The structures hearken back to the history or natural state of the place where they are placed We stopped outside Amarillo on my first visit back to Texas with my wife. Barbara was blown...

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  • San Antonio

    In 1691, a group of Spanish explorers and missionaries arrived at a small American Indian settlement on a river. It was June 13, the feast day of Saint Anthony of Padova, and the group named the river San Antonio.In 1716, Spain's Council of War approved a site on the San Antonio River for the construction of a fort and Roman Catholic mission. The...

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  • Armadillo sighting

    I have no idea if this was unusual but I spotted an armadillo crossing the street after midnight on a side street near downtown Austin. He was so cute, waddling along with his tail sticking out behind him. It surprised me that he had some sticky-outy fur on his armor. I only wish I'd had my camera ready.

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  • Picnic Areas Along US Highway 90

    One thing I noticed as I drove along US Highway 90 was the large number of picnic areas along the road. Most of them are well maintained and handicapped accessible.

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  • Weather in Texas

    Texas is a very very large place and at times occupying about 1/3 of the width of the USA! so when it is snowing in the north, it could be sweltering hot down south on the border with mexico. it is better to look for the weather in the city you are interested in. In Wichita Falls it might be 14 C top temperature for the day whereas in Eagle Pass...

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  • The Bluebonnet--State Flower of Texas

    "The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom is to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland". (quote by historian Jack Maguire)I've been wanting to see a bluebonnet in its natural setting since we moved to Texas last year. Bluebonnets bloom in the early Spring and only grow naturally...

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  • What's Worth Doing

    When it comes to Texas, less is more. If you go, make sure to put Austin and San Antonio on your list of "to do's". Austin is very hip, music, lots of shopping eating and drinking, Texas "we luv ya, come on back y'all" and lots of great restaurants and shops, music and everything fun.San Antonio is very romantic, fun and laid back with lots of...

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  • Historical Markers

    There are markers scattered throughout the United States along the US Highways and other roads. They provide insight about the history of the local area. An interesting stop for history buffs. This historical marker is just outside Newcastle, Texas, and talks about Peter Harmonson one of the original settlers in the area.

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  • Indian Blanket--another Texas Wildflower

    It's May now in Texas and these pretty orange and yellow flowers are blooming along the roadside just about everywhere in the Metroplex area, blossoming from May-September.They're called Indian Blanket Flowers and they grow to a range of 4 -24 inches tall. The colorful blooms can be 1 to 3 inches across. It's officially known as gaillardia...

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  • Texas Wildflower--Indian Paintbrush

    Another wildflower that makes an appearance in the Spring in the Coastal Plain and the eastern half of Texas is the Indian Paintbrush. I think its so pretty! (Be sure to click on the additional photo for a field of flowers!)It appears at the same time as the Texas Bluebonnet, but there can be years where the bluebonnets flourish and the...

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  • State size

    The state of Texas is second only to Alaska for sheer size, so glancing at a state map will be misleading for judging distances between cities. It shares borders with Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and also a long international border with Mexico along the Rio Grande. It also had access to the Gulf of Mexico, home to a lot of hurricanes.

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  • Fun state!

    Fort Worth, Dallas, staying at the authentic Stockyards Hotel, and watching the cattle drive and rodeo! Texas - probably the most interesting and fun state that we have been to. The people were really friendly and we really enjoyed it. Great to see them all in their cowboy hats and boots, and the rodeo was really exciting ! We started off in...

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  • Texas Landscape

    Hmmmm....Looks pretty darn flat to me!! Most parts of Texas look like this, some parts even flatter!! The Austin area, however does have a few rolling hills. Although the land is flat, it can be pretty at times.

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  • Another Texas Wildflower-Rose Mallow

    I have really enjoyed searching out the wildflowers of Texas. As I drove along the backroads of Southlake, Texas I discovered this patch of Rose Mallow or Lavatera Trimestris.Although a native to Europe, this flower has become naturalized in the southeastern United States. It grows in shades of white and rose, but I just love this pastel pink...

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  • Texas State Flag

    The flag was adopted as the state flag when Texas became the 28th state in 1845. As with the flag of the United States, the blue stands for loyalty, the white represents strength, and the red is for bravery.

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  • Texas-The Lone Star State

    A single star was part of the Long Expedition (1819), Austin Colony (1821) and several flags of the early Republic of Texas. Some say that the star represented the wish of many Texans to achieve statehood in the United States. Others say it originally represented Texas as the lone state of Mexico which was attempting to uphold its rights under...

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  • Very DRY ... have water on hand

    Texas is one of several U.S. states that is very hot and dry. Water is a definite survival need. Take water with you wherever you go. We got in the habit of taking a cooler with us each time we go out, that way we could keep our water cool no matter how long we were out of the house. A good idea would also be to invest in those foam coozies (sp)...

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  • Lizards

    If you live in Texas, or anywhere in the Deep South, these small creatures are your friends. They consume a huge number of cockroaches and other insect pests. Often called "chameleons," they are not true chameleons (those live in Madagascar). But they share the ability to change color. Typically found in trees, shrubbery, and other places that...

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  • Texas

    Texas is the second-largest and second most populated state in the United States. It is larger than any country in Europe!If you want to do some more reading, here are some helpful links:- http://www.traveltex.com- http://www.seeamerica.org/visit_texas.jsp- http://www.touringtexas.com

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  • The Meaning of the Six Flags Over Texas

    Usually when one hears of "Six Flags Over Texas," the first thing that may come to mind is the amusement park. In all actuallity, Texas has been under 6 flags throughout it's history: The US Flag, the Flag of Spain, the Flag of France, the Flag of Mexico, the Texas Confederate Flag, and the Texas State Flag.For more information, go to:...

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  • Farm Roads

    Something that I thought was a joke turned out to be a reality when I came to Texas. These roads are similar to state roads with the only exception of farm equipment can be seen from time to time. I have seen less farm equipment over the past couple of years mainly due to commercial development.

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