Houston Underground Tunnels – My Tour With Houston Historical Tours! (Highly Recommend!)

Traveling to Houston for the first time – wonder why there aren’t more people walking around downtown??? Well, the answer most likely is that they are walking 20 feet below the sidewalks, underground in the 7 miles of underground tunnel systems – 95 city blocks!  

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A More Detailed Tunnel Map
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Houston City Hall

I began my tour with Mr. Keith Rosen of Houston Historical Tours in front of City Hall. You truly can’t image the incredible wealth of knowledge about Houston that Mr. Rosen possesses!!! Dates, fun facts, history and humor are what made this tour absolutely SPECTACULAR and fun!!! I would HIGHLY recommend Houston Historical Tours.  (I have zero affiliation, etc. with them-just my 100% honest review)

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My fun tour group in front of the San Felipe Cottage (1868), in Sam Houston Park – no, I didn’t just see the tunnels! 🙂 but I wouldn’t want to spoil your Houston tour so not telling all I learned on the tour 🙂 – but it was a lot!! 🙂 

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See anything special about this building? I’ve gone past it so many times…it’s the giant T for Texaco!!
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The tunnels are easy to get lost in and you’ll crack up listening to more stories from Mr. Rosen! He rescued a few lost, grateful folks during our tour.
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Each tunnel segment is quite different from the next based on the time it was built and added to the tunnel system!
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It wasn’t packed with people as it was Good Friday, but pretty cool discovering underground Houston right?!
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Notice the difference in flooring and walls throughout (see above 2 for comparison)!
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If this were noon, Monday-Friday on a regular work week it would be jam packed!
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Aren’t all the different aspects of the Houston Tunnels wonderful?!

(YouTube by Fox 26 Houston)

Let’s face it…Houston is HOT – I swear it gets to 200F degrees!! Ok, I’m slightly exaggerating but 100F degrees happens plenty of times!!! I know when I worked downtown, that’s where I would be! Everything from restaurants, dry cleaners, dentist offices, shops – you name it – all can be found underground. 500+ businesses and 10 food courts await your arrival!

The tunnels were underwater due to Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 but have since had special doors, etc. installed to prevent a repeat performance.

I knew Tunnel Tours existed and reached out to Mr. Phil Stewart who is the President of the Professional Tour Guide Association of Houston and Owner of Discovery Tours. Although Mr. Stewart is not offering Tunnel Tours, he was kind enough to refer those interested to both Urban Adventures and Houston Historical Tours. I emailed both and Mr. Keith Rosen of Houston Historical Tours responded right away to offer his assistance in providing me photos as I can never seem to take the tour as I work during the week. As luck would have it though, I was off for Good Friday so guess what? Yes!!! I  got to take the Houston Historical Tours – Tunnel Tour!!!

In researching a little before my tour, I learned Mr. Rosen of Houston Historical Tours has been conducting tours in Houston since 1985.  He was also a Professor of History and Government with Houston Community College and has been either selected/nominated for Teacher of The Year four times! Pretty good credentials I’d say!!

Note:  If you are visiting without a tour, please be aware the tunnel system is only open Monday-Friday 6am-6pm!

Discover Houston Tours, LLC can be reached at (713) 222-9255

Houston Historical Tours at (713) 392-0867 (See their website for Monthly Specials!)   “Houston Historical Tours offers three different 2.5 hour tunnel tours that in totality cover the vast majority of the tunnels.  They range from 2.5 to 3.5 miles.  Tour A goes into several historic buildings as we see and learn about the interiors.  It has the least amount of walking.  Tour B has the most variety with sky bridges an observation deck, and the most visual stimuli of different buildings.  Tour C goes through long corridors and into hotels and businesses.  It has the most walking.”

 Every individual who prints and gives us a copy of this blog post to Houston Historical Tours will receive a:

$$$$   20% discount!!!  $$$$

 

(Courtesy of Mr. Keith Rosen of Houston Historical Tours)

Thanks for stopping by! I always love to read your comments!! I’d rate Houston Historical Tours as 5 stars easily, no question!!

Elizabeth and Best Pup in the World…Max 🙂

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I’m doing investigative research for Ma!

 

 

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Taiwan Yes Houston Festival

The Taiwanese Association of America led by Mr.  Kevin Chou, President has held this event the past four years.  Taiwan Yes Houston Festival is modeled after Taiwanese Night Markets.  Parking and admission were free and the rest of the costs for food, games, etc. I found to all be quite reasonable. Fun day!

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Welcome to the Taiwan Yes Festival!

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Enjoy all sorts of tasty treats!

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Plenty of things to look at and shop – this lady was too fun!
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Cute to see everyone having such fun at the ring toss game
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Hungry?

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Taiwanese Rapper Witness Huang
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Cool musical ornaments (Ocarinas) and other goodies were available.

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Everyone was having fun making these little paper umbrellas
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The Dough Figurines were a huge hit too! Super cute!

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This gentleman was amazing and make me an “English” one…it read “Be Happy” 
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He had a quick wit and sense of humor!!
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What a polite young man and good sport to pose for me 🙂 – thanks!
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She was a sweet young lady and showed off their food
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Pinball Wizard 🙂 
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Home Depot was there to help with crafts

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I have to say this crowd may have been the nicest crowd I’ve even seen!

 

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While I won’t tell you their ages…the gentleman in the green shirt did and I was blown away.  Do you see the lady in the white jacket? Well, she was the most beautiful soul ever…sometimes one doesn’t need to speak in order to convey feelings and her touch to my arm and certain gestures just made me adore this kind and lovely lady. There was just something VERY special about her!!

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I loved the excited children in awe of the puppet show!

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Techno-dancing Third Prince (known as a divine prince with a playful and rebellious spirit)

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Thanks Taiwanese Community Center and Taiwan Yes Houston Festival! Had a blast!

Elizabeth LaHoustonian

Terms of Endearment was filmed here! This one’s for vinnieh.wordpress.com

My fellow blogger friend, “Vinnieh” at “vinnieh – Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind” made me think about getting photos for this post.  He does lots of cool movie reviews, so naturally he came to mind – go check out his blog too for interesting reads!  Both Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in the film, Terms of Endearment but Shirley took home the prize for the 1983 film. I thought both ladies were great! Some of the movie scenes were shot right here in Houston! (See below).

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Jack Nicholson’s House or rather, astronaut, Garrett Breedlove’s home in Terms of Endearment
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Shirley MacLaine’s house as Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment

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I can imagine myself watching Shirley and Jack running between each other’s homes… “just like in the movies” 🙂

And…just because we are “in the area” here are some of the other nearby homes….I wouldn’t mind living in any of them if only I could pay their electricity bill!!!…much less the mortgage!!! 🙂 !!!

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I can totally see myself sipping my morning coffee on the upper patio here! (Dream on me!!)
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Can you imagine the water bill or light bill living here!!! Even if the house was free I couldn’t make the regular bills!!!
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I’ll take the house AND the car please!
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These people even have a darn sculpture in their yard!!!
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I couldn’t fit the whole house in the shot!

Nice to dream 🙂

Thanks for visiting and playing rich folks with me 🙂

Elizabeth and her pup that thinks he was also born to live in the lap of luxury 🙂

 

 

Port of Houston – FREE Sam Houston Boat Tour

On April 8th, I had a busy day…first I decided to go on a FREE boat ride of the Port of Houston….well, truthfully I had to make advance reservations as the Port needs to be certain of its security (which I am happy to hear)!  Then I went to The Houston Art Car Parade later in the day, but you’ve already seen that by now 🙂

The ship channel is about 52 miles long with the Port of Houston being a 25 mile long stretch of an approximately 150 terminals.  I had no clue that our Houston Port is ranked 1st in US imports – go Houston! 🙂 and that 241 million tons of cargo move through our port annually! I especially love that they offer these free boat rides though 🙂 🙂 ! Who doesn’t like that?! On to the good stuff…photos!

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These murals adorn the areas outside while waiting for your Free Boat Tour to begin.
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These murals were commissioned in celebration of The Port’s 90 anniversary in 2004 by The Museum of Cultural Arts by “Prince” Kalu Maduekwe and his team of teenage artists, (Brandon Pinson, Derrell Porter, Kristena Lenora Hackett, Koty Holmes, Marquel Williams and  “T-Will” Turrod Williams)

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The interior of the Sam Houston Boat
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Even served FREE coffee and donuts!! Impressive! Then FREE sodas and cookies on the way back! Houston hospitality! 🙂 
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It was a picture perfect day but getting Houston Hot!
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Let the fun begin as we leave the dock
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I loved this gorgeous old bridge
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A photo doesn’t do the size of this justice!
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Here we go
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Ya don’t want to really eat fish caught here!
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Non-stop busy
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Plenty of odd sites to see

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You can see our Houston skyline in the background

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Recycling plant

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Sadly, the trip is almost over.

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And that concludes our tour of The Port of Houston!

Thanks for visiting!!

Elizabeth and Max

Houston Art Car Parade – Part II (photo overload!)

Without further ado….Part II of The Houston Art Car Parade of 2017…

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Yep, Chicken’s on bikes…oh my
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I couldn’t help but wonder if the guy on the trike rode the ENTIRE parade route?
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Christmas in April?
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I so would have been a flower child!

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Perfect for a Beetle!
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Houston Cougar Pride!
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Easter Bunnies and Fire Trucks?
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Front of the car was pretty funny too
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How could you NOT like this?!
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Drink up
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Weird but intricate
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Why did I want a cupcake?
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Every parade needs pink flamingoes!
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Willie Nelson for President!
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Loved to see the kiddos out there!
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This one is for my sister who can tell you the EXACT line of every sentence to The Wizard of Oz!
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Somehow I don’t think anyone will say anything about this dude’s skirt?
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This lady was too adorable!
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Trojan Duck?
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Creepy but creative
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Yes, there were some of everything!
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Ho Ho Ho!
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Not sure what to say!
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I HATE snakes but liked this one 🙂

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I could kick myself for not getting an interior shot but it was beautiful!
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She had spirit!!!
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The Bud T-Shirt Thrower
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Plenty of people watching too!
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Too cute
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Peace right down to the license plate!

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A yearly favorite
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Don’t ask – I have no idea!
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The rest of Lipstick Lady’s car

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An oldie but a goodie
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Spiders scare me
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I’d love one of these!
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How to make a grand entrance

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Who ya gonna call?
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Yes, it’s a car!

Hope you had fun at Houston’s Art Car Parade!

Mark your Houston Calendars for the Taiwan Yes Houston Festival on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 10:30 – 16:00!

Thanks!

Elizabeth

Houston Art Car Parade – 30th Annual!!

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 was The 30th Annual Houston Art Car Parade! Get ready for a TON of photos! Lots of creative people out there and the crowds were equally as fun and creative! Over 250 cars participated!! Enjoy!

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Cheech was super nice in posing for me – Cheech Marin (of Cheech and Chong movies, etc.) was the parade’s Grand Marshall!
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Click to zoom in on any of the photos as some are so intriquite!
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Loved the happy colors and dragon!
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Loteria Bingo anyone?
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The irony of a Texas snowman especially in Houston 🙂
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Imagination galore
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You can see all the effort that went into this!
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This was sorta cool
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The Sardine people and cars were too cute!
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An old favorite
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Love the Hippo booty 🙂
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Pretty funny
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Liked the kids participating too
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How long must THIS have taken?!
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Bacon!!!!!!
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LOTS of people opted for rollerblades or skates! (I’m WAY to clumsy for that!)
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All the lobsters and fish also move!!
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Vikings!
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lots of detail
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The crowds were already starting to gather before the parade
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What can you say?! 🙂
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Big hit with the kids!
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A little bit of everything!
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This car was way more pretty in person!
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What a fun bunch!
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Gotta like the mini car too
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Ms. Lipstick

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An annual crowd favorite

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These people were a blast!
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What kid doesn’t want a majic carpet ride?
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Who things about  turning a hospital bed into a car
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Houstonian’s came out in full force!

Stay tuned for Part II 🙂

AND as always…I appreciate each of you that stops by!

Thanks!

Elizabeth and Max