from Allen's Boots So. Congress
Austin's enduring magic persists. There a little something (and usually a lot more than that) for everyone. Much has changed since my days in high school, eight miles west of the city. Yet, much endures.
1. Great food; it's virtually impossible to get a bad meal in Austin.
2. Wide open spaces; the downtown east and west of North Congress is still what I call "cow townish" and that's a compliment.
3. Natural beauty: Zilker Park and the foot paths along the north and south shores of Town Lake (now Lady Bird Lake) invigorate the soul.
4. U. T. Austin: a mecca for all things orange and white, Bevo souvenirs suddenly have appeal for me.
5. The hills (west of Austin) and the flats: everywhere else. Lovely contrast.
6. Lamar, Guadalupe, Congress, and Barton Springs Road; classic roadways. Oh, we can't forget 6th Street east of Congress.
7. The largest U.S. capitol building: she's a beauty. I was surprised by the seeming lack of security as we toured the facility. Granted it was a Sunday but no metal detectors, Xray machines or anything. It felt like the olden days before 9/11.
8. Great drivers. Truly. Even in traffic.
Here are some photos that I particularly like.....
Chuy's chips and salsa with guacamole.
Along Lady Bird (Town) Lake.
U.T. bookstore on the Drag (Guadalupe St.)
Bevo Rocks. A wall of burnt orange.
The Capitol seen fromthe U.T campus on a hazy spring day.