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Old 05-05-2004, 10:07 PM   #11
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26th March

After an overdose of Harley Davidson yesterday, I decided to have a bike free day and spent most of it doing various chores and sorting out my laptop (treated it to a complete memory laundry, disk scan, de-frag and bought it a cordless mouse;)). That evening Julie, Arch and I met up with their friend Rick at a new restaurant in the centre of Houston…

…The Aquarium. This place is amazing. It’s been fitted out like a set from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and is fitted with a series of fish tanks, holding over half a million gallons of water – including a column in the centre of a spiral staircase over 50 feet in height. The displays are excellent…

...and you can get very close to the fish – here’s Julie saying hello to some Stingrays…

The restaurant is superb. It’s a seafood menu, for those who don’t mind being stared at by the cousins of those they are eating :P The portions are huge (this is Texas, after all) – this is a crab & avocado starter…

…and the food is absolutely first rate – I hope the Red Snapper watching me eat didn’t recognise any of their relatives…

After dinner we continued our tour of the fish tanks,

before getting on a train and going through the final exhibit – a shark tank. The fairground type train stops inside a plexiglass tunnel which goes through a vast shark tank. The residents eye us as they lazily swim around us…

Afterwards we walk back to the car, looking at the lights of downtown Houston.

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