Tag: Texas

My top 7 pics from Florida and Texas

Even though I toted my SLR camera along with me in the car on the Florida trip, it only came out on two occasions (the Dolphin Research Centre and Colonial Williamsburg). Most of the time, I took photographs with my…

My top 5 stories from Florida and Texas

I visited so many wonderful places during my trips to Florida (including Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia) and Texas (including Louisiana and Ohio) that it was hard to pin down just five great stories, but here they are: Tea, anyone? Discover…

A thundering wall of water

This is the Williams Water Wall (formerly the Transco Water Wall) in Houston, Texas. It sits in a three-acre park at the base of the Williams Tower, a very tall blue building that is so high, it is a landmark…

A digital twist on the library

BiblioTech in San Antonio, Texas has been getting a lot of press lately about being the first digital public library in the United States. So when I visited the city recently, I had to stop by this “bookless” library and…

Venice Texas-style

If you don’t want to go all the way to Europe to experience a canal system in the middle of a city, head down to San Antonio, Texas, where the River Walk has been beautifying the downtown since the 1920s.…

A library of vibrant colour

The San Antonio Central Library in southern Texas is a colourful building, designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and opened in 1995. Its immense size and bold clay-red hue contrast sharply against the blue of the sky. Inside, the impact is…

Remember the Alamo?

Not really. I’m not Texan, nor have I seen any of the movies about it. I have no clue what happened at the Alamo or why it was so important. So when I visited San Antonio, Texas recently, I happened…

A shrine for the Brownings

When you mention the names Robert Browning or Elizabeth Barrett Browning these days, most people don’t know who these writers were, let alone what they were famous for. But toss around the following phrases, and people recognize them instantly. “How…

Prehistoric mammoths revealed

Imagine taking a walk through a wood and seeing a large bone sticking out of the ground. That’s what happened in 1978 to two men who stumbled upon a mammoth bone in a ravine near the Bosque River in Waco,…

Encouraging a city to read

How do you get everyone in a city to read? It’s not an easy thing to do, but two programs in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas are providing different ways of encouraging residents to crack open a book (or download an e-book…