Wednesday, February 3, 2021

2021.01.22 Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, TX


    The adobe home was designed and built by a composer, writer, and adventurer Jason Chilton Matthews during late 1930's.
    The grounds consist of the house and beautiful gardens with sculptures, water features and native trees and plants. You can also find a lot of different species of birds in here; they claim over 250 species, but we only saw a few of them. Overall this little gem in the Rio Grande Valley did not disappoint.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

2021.01.21 South Padre Island, TX


    The very last resort town on the Gulf of Mexico in the most southern tip of Texas, South Padre Island is a very popular place for Canadian snowbirds. The beaches are super wide with beautiful sand dunes. You can found lots of big shells here and we saw a bunch of pelicans resting on the beach as well. It was fairly quiet, not too many people around, just a few fishermen and some people horseback riding. It was relaxing and peaceful, but I have to say it was a long boring drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

2021.01.16 Bishop's Palace, Galveston, TX


    The victorian style mansion was built 1886-1892 by Walter Gresham, a steel and railroad tycoon, and designed by architect Nicolas Clayton.
    The house is one of a few buildings to survive the great 1900 hurricane that destroyed almost entire Galveston Island. There are beautiful stained glass windows, elaborate carved woodwork, and impressive fireplaces. This is an interesting historic place that is worth seeing while visiting Galveston, TX.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

2021.01.14 Vermilionville Historic Village, Lafayette, Louisiana


    The village consists of Acadian, Creole and Native American cultures from the time period of 1765-1890. There are 19 structures, including several restored original homes with local artisans that provide demonstrations on a variety of crafts. We spent a pleasant afternoon at this living history museum with a folklife park, and got a brief and very interesting overview of the Cajun and Acadian history.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2021.01.13 Sculpture Garden, New Orleans


Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana.

    We found this beautiful garden at the City Park in New Orleans by accident. Our primary plan was to stop here for a lunch break and this is what we have run into. The sculpture garden is home to more than 90 sculptures by artists from around the world. And the garden is located within an existing landscape of native Louisiana trees and plants. The exceptional thing was, it is all outdoors and very few people were present here. So we enjoyed it even more.