Houston…we thought it was a boring city, but the opposite is true! In the morning we went to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and visited the Butterfly Center. The butterflies were wearing the most exotic outfits. The guard asked us to check our hair and clothes first before leaving the garden…a butterfly could stick on us as a refugee…how cute! We visited afterwards the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston and saw the exposition from Marilyn Minter, ‘Pretty/Dirty’. It was a manifest on our culture’s complex and contradictory emotions around the feminine body and beauty. After seeing this interesting exposition we drove our rental car to 19th street, but ended up in the middle of nowhere. Our navigation system was not really okay. We talked with the very kind and friendly locals over there and finally we arrived on 19th street in Heights a little later. We visited very nice vintage stores like Replay and Thrifty. We had a nice lunch in Down House, a lovely spot in the neighbourhood of 19th street. Lovely lanes with green trees and big houses formed our landscape while driving back to the hussle and bustle of Houston downtown. Meanwhile we spotted a nice pink old Cadillac in the parking lot of the Target. Houston has so much more to offer than we would have thought. Culture, art, a lot of vintage stores and such a laid back feeling in the Heights area of Houston. An ugly city changed into a very interesting place to be for us. How cool is that!
After five hours of sleep we had breakfast in our hotel and a business talk about don’t disturb the sheep. After lots of coffee we started making plans for the day. We set off by subway from Broadway via 14th street to Williamsburg with line L. We visited vintage stores like JunkBrooklyn and had a lovely lunch in House of Small Wonder. Williamsburg is an upcoming district. It is hip and happening, especially during the weekends. We love it!
Arrived in the big Apple at night time. Dressed up including high heels for a night out. We wanted to go to the roof top bar of Gansevoort at Park Avenue but unfortunately it was closed. Afterwards we took a glimpse at the roof top bar of 230 fifth but that was too crowded, becoming a tourist trap these days. We ended up on the roof top bar of ‘La Quinta’ on the 32nd street. A small roof top bar, quiet and with a nice view on the Empire State Building. We sipped our prosecco and inhaled the vibrant city of New York. This city is made for us!
A beautiful day in bloody hot Bangkok. We took the private hotel boat to the skytrain and travelled by train to the MBK. At the MBK we had our business cards printed. On the second floor of the MBK Center you can find a lot of printing shops. Printing on demand, waiting for less than two hours for two hundred business cards. Not bad. We designed our business card with a hole in it. The print shop wasn’t able to cut out the hole, so now we have to do it ourselves. We went to Siam Discovery, a high end mall with brands like Cartier, Chanel and Dior. The Thai people waited in long lines to spend money in one of those expensive shops. Beside that, Siam Tower had more to offer. A lot of hip design shops are inside this mall. Worth a visit. We had dinner in Sukhumvit 49 at Smith. After the main dish they asked: “Would you like a desert?” We said that we didn’t want a camel but instead a single espresso ;-)!
Arrived in the morning. After having a short nap, for the first time while travelling together, we split up for our night program. Desiré went to the concert of ‘the Script’ and Margré was having a small dinner and had a calm evening. The concert took place at the Impact Stadium and dinner took place at ‘The never ending summer’, a very hip industrial design restaurant at the opposite of the river. At the end of the night we were reunited and we took a glass of wine to finish up a long day!