Houston is a big, busy, city. I've been here before but of course did not see it all. It is the home to more hospitals ( M.D.Anderson for one) than I have ever seen in one place. There are museums galore and all of the hospitals and museums share the same area as Rice University. I drove the length of Kirby Street in that district and could not believe the mansions lining the avenue. The parks are beautiful, parking is inconvenient, and picture taking impossible.
I stopped at the Menil Collection only to discover that the exhibit of 13th century frescoes that I was dying to see were packed up in March and shipped back to Cypress. The story of the frescoes is amazing. After the Turkish occupation in Cyprus in 1974, looters took chainsaws and carved up the frescoes from the Lysi chapel into 28 peices and were selling them individually on the black market. Ms. DeMenil ( who moved from France to Texas with John, her husband, to escape WWII) paid the thieves ,on behalf of the church, $522,085. There was one condition - Ms. Menil got to display the frescoes in Houston. The loan period ended in March and the frescoes were shipped back to Cypress - not the original location because Turkey still occupies that region but to Nicosia instead. I was bummed! My good fortune, however , was to see a wonderful exhibit in it's place. The installation was called -" This World Is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs". The exhibit is the compilation of 50 years of work - wonderful images that captured everyday life of a diverse cross section of people over the decades.
Time to head to Lafayette, La to do some exploring tomorrow before heading to Diane and Jim on Tuesday.