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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Houston from Above

We stayed downtown at the Hilton Americas the night before the marathon and had a great view of Discovery Green. Last time I'd stayed here, this was mostly a parking lot. They have tons of activities and all sorts of neat things throughout the year.

We went up to the top floor of the hotel to check out the pool & the stunning views of downtown Houston as the sun was setting on a crisp, clear night.

Gotta love the camera timer!

The complex to the left center is where the new Houston House of Blue & the Lucky Stripes (Adult) bowling alley is located. There are a few great restaurants & a new wine bar- all right across from the Toyota & convention centers.

We had perfect timing and watch a flaming red ball drop below the horizon.

The setting sun cast such great light on all the downtown buildings and made for some wonderful skyline shots.

We also snuck into the closed Skyline bar & grabbed some pictures from the top of the hotel of Discovery Green. One of my favorite new restaurants- The Grove sits next to the park so you can enjoy the crowds out on their deck while munching on some great snacks.

I'm still amazed at all the building, especially residential, that is going on downtown.

The tall building, just right of center, is a super-swank downtown condo high rise. I think the crane in the foreground is building another hotel.

I'm learning to love Houston the longer I live here ;)

The very '80s industrial convention center is where all the marathon pre & post events were held.

For the holidays & through February, there was a hot air balloon that was giving out tethered rides. I wanted to take it, but I figured I probably got better pictures from the top floor of the hotel.

GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: 1 day of my conference down & 1.5 more to go.

1 comment:

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Wait ... the "Adult" bowling alley?