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As those of you who follow me on Facebook know from the recent pictures, Marco and I were in Houston just a few short weeks ago. We had a great time hanging out with friends and some of them even introduced us to Houston’s greener side. I never knew that there were these huge parks right in the city! After some back and forth we decided on a much smaller green space though, the Houston Arboretum. There is no entry fee, but you are encouraged to leave a donation. Check out the official website of the Houston arboretum for more details on where it is exactly and its opening opening. We really enjoyed it despite the fact that some of the outer trails were closed and it was scorching hot – nothing a delicious mango ice cream and some AC after couldn’t fix. On a side note… I saw plenty of runners in Memorial Park which surrounds the arboretum. I couldn’t believe how many people were brave/crazy enough to run in this heat! Maybe Houstonites are tougher?

We enjoyed walking around in the arboretum instead with all the little animals (except for those spiders that really just looked mean and scary; a friend who knows what she’s talking about assured me that they were harmless though), cute wooden walkways, and pretty flowers. It’s pretty cool how you walk through the little trails partly covered with greens and you can’t even hear the city anymore. We saw many, many little turtles and one big snapper turtle. At the little lake/pond, there was also a very curious squirrel that kept coming closer. It had the bushiest tail I have seen in a long time. I also like all the colorful flowers. My favorites were these orange-pink ones pictured below.

Check out the pictures below and head on over to Travel Photo Thursday for more travel pics from around the world.

 Houston arboretum

Houston arboretum

Houston arboretum

Houston arboretum

Houston arboretum

Houston arboretum

Houston arboretum

Houston arboretum

Houston arboretum

Houston arboretum

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