Chillin’ in the Bayou City- Fun and affordable ways to beat the heat in Houston, Texas

Folks in Houston, Texas know that summer temperatures hover in the mid 90’s and often exceed 100 degrees. However, there are scores of activities, which allow you to enjoy summer from a cool point of view!  Here a just a few suggestions:

NASA Johnson Space Center Tram Tour
  • NASA Johnson Space Center– Take a tram tour, a behind-the-scenes journey through NASA’s Johnson Space Center, you may visit the Historic Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility or the current Mission Control Center. Before returning to Space Center Houston, you can visit the “all new” Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park. Occasionally, the tour may visit other facilities, such as the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. You may even get to see astronauts training for upcoming missions.

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Road Trips: “Memoralized”

Marine Corp Memorial, Iwo Jima - Wikimedia Commons image

Hundreds of thousands, and even millions have traveled the world over to visit a variety of memorials and monuments; and while most are considered tourist attractions, memorials; in particular, are also physical symbols of our reverence; remembrances of a historic person or event.

Korean War Veterans Memorial -Flickr image by Rob Crawley

 Memorial Day, as well as the upcoming 4th of July Holiday provide a perfect opportunity for road trips to make those memorable visits; although visiting memorials and monuments is popular throughout the year.
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On the Road to “Sweet Home Alabama” . . .

  Imagine discovering a treasure trove of ideas for a fun weekend, or a mini-vacation, an extended leisure trip or even an educational adventure, at no cost to you.  Just stop by any Alabama Welcome/Visitor Center and you’ll find rack after rack, on every wall and in every nook and cranny, filled with maps, guides, special event calendars, photo journals, booklets, pamphlets, discount coupons, and … Continue reading On the Road to “Sweet Home Alabama” . . .

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GENTLEMEN (and LADIES) START YOUR ENGINES!

NASCAR fans will all agree the Daytona 500 launches a year of NASCAR excitement, so its no surprise that Daytona [Beach], Florida gets a big boost in tourism during the month of February.  And, what better time to travel to their southern sandy shores, when the cold winds, and often times, snow, are chilling the air in the northern climes. Although the Daytona 500 is … Continue reading GENTLEMEN (and LADIES) START YOUR ENGINES!

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Only 15 More Shopping Days Til’ Christmas . . . .

What a familiar statement that is.  Not to worry as there are numerous shopping opportunities; what with mega malls, discount outlet shopping centers, strip malls with large department stores and discount stores galore in most every city around.  If you are like many folks and simply don’t want to fight the crowds or just get out, you can turn on the tube and seek out … Continue reading Only 15 More Shopping Days Til’ Christmas . . . .

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Scaring up Business

In this day and economy it takes ingenuity to get your fair share of business, so it comes as no surprise that using ‘scarecrows’ to scare up business is a sure fire way to get attention.  It appears that merchants, Steve and Sue Marrazzo, owners of Simple Gestures Gift Shop and Art Gallery, who originated the concept in St. Augustine, Florida, are not only calling … Continue reading Scaring up Business

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Touring America’s Safest Cities . . .

  An article, recently published by Forbes appeared on Yahoo, citing America’s safest ‘top 10’ cities.  Criteria used to formulate this list included stats from 2008 and 2009, and was based on population (250,000+); violent crimes per 100,000 residents and traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents.  If you missed the article, you can read all about it here: http://www.forbes.com/2010/10/11/safest-cities-america-crime-accidents-lifestyle-real-estate-danger.html Here are three of those cities; beginning in … Continue reading Touring America’s Safest Cities . . .

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