On Monday I spent the afternoon wandering around the extensive expanse that is Hermann Park, between the Texas Medical Center neighborhood of hospitals and the Museum District.
The grounds are across the street from historic Rice University and are also home to the Houston Zoo.
As part of my November vacation I plan to visit the zoo on its free day.
As for my previous adventures, this week, start here.
America was going through a nationwide City Beautiful Movement at the beginning of the 20th century and Houston was not immune to it.
In 1910 a study was commissioned and, in 1913, a city-wide park system, the major element of which was to be a large public open space was recommended.
He died later in the year.
It took me 2 buses to reach the park and I began my exploration with a visit to the Japanese Garden.
This small corner of the park is 25 years old and is a quiet place to walk and sit for a while.
I used to think..."Damn, but them Gold Fish are HUGE!" But they ain't Gold Fish!
Nishikigoi, are apparently ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp!
People keep them for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.
The monument was erected in 1925 in honor of the great general and first president of the Republic of Texas.
It depicts him, sitting atop his horse, Saracen.
There is just so much to see and so much ground to cover that I decided to stick to the area between the monument and the zoo and not try to wander farther afield.
I soon found myself outside the McGovern Centennial Gardens.