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All about Houston, Texas

Updated on September 6, 2013

Houston - Places, Events and Activities

Houston is a city that evokes many feelings and images. "Houston, we have a problem," is probably one of the best-known comments and has seeped into the world consciousness. It immediately brings to mind the tragedies of space and the triumphs. Houston has been synonymous with NASA for decades. In fact, "Space City" was a term embraced by the city for its own self-description.

Over the years the city has tried to capture its essence with terms such as "the bayou city," "space city," and more recently, "H-town." But none seem to me to really fill the mind with all that Houston is. Images of oil derricks, gushing oil wells, cowboys and rodeos seem to over-populate most people's imaginations when Houston comes to mind. These are strong images and they are hard to disengage, but do they really define the city today in the 21st century?

Which Houston is it? - You might be surprised at the reality of the city today

How do you think about Houston?

Cowboys and rodeos, all things western with a dash of oil gushers in the background.

Cowboys and rodeos, all things western with a dash of oil gushers in the background.

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    • gustaF33 5 years ago

      Hmm, its hard to decide but if I have to then I would love to visit Houston in near future and experience the city in "cawboy and rodeo way"

    A modern, international city with a strong arts culture

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      A Collection of Articles and Stories About Houston, Texas - A lensography of writings about Houston by Vikk Simmons

      Gathered here is an ongoing collection of my writings about the city of Houston published on Squidoo. Here's a list of some of the subjects covered.

      1. Houston as a vacation and staycation destination.
      2. Texas history is rich and varied. Houstonians are, like all Texans, proud of their origins and delight in their own Texas tales.
      3. Major events such as the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo that occupies the calendar for three weeks and the minds of Houstonians for months upon months.
      4. Things to do in Houston with children.

      Exploring Houston with Children, Houston travel guide book
      Exploring Houston with Children, Houston travel guide book

      A Guide to Houston, a Kid-friendly city

      Houston travel guide book

      This is a solid, practical guide to places in Houston, but even better if you have a family and are looking for a guide to help you find kid-friendly places, I still have a few copies of the book I co-authored. EXPLORING HOUSTON WITH CHILDREN is now out of print but has been a favorite of teachers and homeschooling parents. The books is organized according to school curriculum so places are grouped according to science, geography, etc. We've also included activities for the kids to do before, during and after visiting various venues.

      Note: While the book is out of print and is no longer available, I do have some copies. Some information has changed due to changes in the city. Also, you will need to double-check for pricing and to be certain some of the smaller venues are still open. Even with that, though, there is a lot of solid information about the city that I think remains helpful.

      I do have a few copies that I'd be happy to sell. Click on the book cover image or the link below for more details.

      Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures
      Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures

      Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures

      Texas travel guide book of day trips and road trips

      Texas history is full of stories that entertain and inform. EXPLORING TEXAS HISTORY: WEEKEND ADVENTURES takes advantage of those stories. A story introduces each town or city so that you have a taste of the history of the town. The book is divided into five sections with the main Texas cities acting as hubs. You'll discover plenty of Texas history within these pages.

      Note: While the book is out of print and is no longer available, I do have some copies. Some information has changed due to changes in the towns and cities over the last few years but the history remains the same. Also, you will need to double-check for pricing and to be certain some of the smaller venues are still open. Even with that, though, there are plenty of stories to keep you entertained.

      I do have a few copies that I'd be happy to sell. Click on the book cover image or the link below for more details.

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      Image Credits.All photographs in this article are provided by Vikk Simmons 2000-2011 with all rights reserved.

      Your thoughts on Houston or this page - I love to hear from my readers

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          dellgirl 5 years ago

          Beautiful lens, it is very enjoyable, thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.

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