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Houston Scenic: Parks and Museums With Lots to Show Off

Whenever I travel, I always try to include some scenic walks, whether through parks or museums. Houston offered both, and we got our culture fix.

Hermann Park: Wonderful water features and a simple Japanese garden sets the scene for many a photo op. Nice and shady, perfect for escaping the heat. hermannpark.org

Bayou Bend: Unfortunately named Ima Hogg, was one of Houston’s leading philanthropists. Oil money turned her into a world-class collector of early Americana, and at her demise she donated the house she designed and had built into a museum, showcasing historic period rooms with priceless art and furniture. Set on grounds beautifully landscaped, we spent the afternoon wandering around, and touring the house with a docent. Go for the hour and a half tour to really make the most of it. Quite a treasure. mfah.org

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston: We popped into see the collection, which includes a gorgeous Tiffany glass window, and strangely colored paintings by Frederic Remington. Eerily realistic sculpture by Ron Mueck was the current exhibit. Quite strange, the almost lifelike pieces were either smaller than life, or extremely oversized. The attention to detail was extraordinary, as seen in the artist’s self portrait, where every beard hair and pore comes to life. mfah.org

Houston Museum of Natural Science: The mummy exhibit had real shrunken heads on display. Very disturbing, but compelling to examine. hmns.org