Monday, October 20, 2008

Welcome to Victoria ... Texas!



I'm deep in the heart of Texas. Well, actually in Houston, Texas for the 53rd annual Society of American Travel Writers convention. Yesterday, while touring around Quirky Houston, I saw a sign for Victoria.

Victoria, Texas is about 125 miles southwest of Houston. Here's a description of the city from their convention and visitors bureau:
Victoria's history dates back to 1685 when Rene Robert Cavalier, Sieur De LaSalle, established Fort St. Louis as a French settlement on the western bank of Garcitas Creek in Victoria County. Victoria became the third chartered city in Texas in 1824. Impresario Don Martin DeLeon had received the charter and named the city for the first President of Mexico, Don Guadalupe Victoria.

Nestled beside the meandering Guadalupe River, Victoria is a splendid blend of the past, the present and the future. Proud old homes, some dating back to the pre-Civil War era, line the streets in the city's historic sections. In downtown Victoria, stately turn-of-the-century buildings have been rebuilt and now house professional offices.

For a community of its size, Victoria boasts an extraordinary number of cultural activities. From Theatre Victoria to the ballet to the symphony, Victoria is in a league all her own.