Houston is really a city built for cars. It was designed that way, and hardly anyone walks anywhere, even downtown. And while it’s understandable given the heat and humidity, especially in the dog days of summer, it’s a pity. Walking around you often discover little nooks and cranies in the downtown area (which is actually quite small) filled with parks and courtyards. This fountain, for example, is in a courtyard located between two restaurants – in-between two buildings! If you drive by you’ll miss it!
One of the things that I like about Houston is that, especially downtown, there are a lot of parks and water fountains and reflecting pools. No doubt it’s partly a way to accomodate the climate – like it says on the salt, “when it rains, it pours” and how!! That’s why Houston floods (and because it’s as flat as a pancake). But on the positive side, all this humidity must have spurred the founding fathers of Houston to build parks and perhaps in an effort to cool off a bit, include fountains. And I love them!
This is a beautiful little garden at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston, perfect to just sit in the shade, read a book, daydream….
- 15 May, 2008
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