There's a buzz in the air here. You can feel it. You know that feeling when you have everything ready for a party and you're just waiting for your first guest to arrive. That's the sense I get here.
I'm in Texas on a whistle stop tour of Houston, San Antonio and Austin. When Air New Zealand start their new flights in December this year the party is gonna take off big time and Australia is invited.
In just under 14 hours you can be transported to a Wild West Wonderland steeped in history and tradition with an amazing array of great things to do for all the family.
Get your ticket and join the party.
Space Centre Houston
For big kids and small you will be mesmerised by the NASA Space Centre.
You will see the original historic Mission Control Centre preserved in all its retro 60s glory. You can see real live astronauts training for their next trip or in the underwater neutral buoyancy lab. I'm not a space fanatic but I found this place fascinating and kept hearing in my head those unforgettable words "Houston, we have a problem".
You could spend a couple of days here as there is so much to see and do . At A$100 for a day pass with lunch included it's a great day out. Do the tram tour and get there nice and early to avoid the crowds.
Special treat For Trekkies as you can also see the original Starship Enterprise used in the TV series.
Houston has it's very own museum district full of... You guessed it - museums.
From contemporary arts to the Holocaust and Buffalo Soldiers, there's 19 museums and something for everyone. Be inspired and educated. On a hot Houston summer day it's a great way to cool down "artistically" in the air con!!
Another Houston institution is the "Breakfast Klub"
This is where Houstonites uphold their fine brunch tradition.
Everyone queues at the Breakfast Klub (even Beyoncé and Obama) so don't expect to get any special treatment. Queue with the locals and enjoy the quintessential Houstonian brekky experience.
They will very efficiently take your order whilst you're in the queue so by the time you enter, pay and get seated it's not much longer to wait. Try the fried chicken and the traditional grits or green eggs and ham. The waffles are amazing. Huge variety - great value and great food. This will set you up for the week.. Oops I mean day!!
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