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Travel | Trekking around Texas


Last Wednesday I boarded a plane and headed to meet Michael in Texas for a few days.  After an unfortunate series of delays, I finally arrived in Houston at about 2 in the morning, almost 5 hours behind schedule.  The next morning I had only a few hours to quickly see the eclectic city before Michael and I piled into our rented Chevy Volt and headed west to San Antonio.

I only got a quick visit of San Antonio too, as we were only there for about 18 hours.  We made sure to make a stop at The Alamo since we’re both sort of American history lovers.  So many people had told me that The Alamo was “so small” and “right in the middle of the city” I was neither surprised or disappointed by it.


The Alamo is made up of a few small courtyards, the long building in which the outnumbered soldiers barricaded themselves inside of during the attack of Santa Anna and his army, and a church in honor of the brave soldiers.  We listened to an old Texas man retell the story of the Battle of The Alamo (with a slight bias) and dodged the crowds of tourists.  I usually don’t like stopping at tourist destinations for this very reason, but since The Alamo was small and easy to get in and out, I thought the visit was worth it in the end.


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Just outside The Alamo is the Menger Bar.  Opened 23 years after the Battle of the Alamo, this bar is where Teddy Roosevelt recruited the Rough Riders.
San Antonio is also famous from its Riverwalk.  A small channel of rivers running through the city that have walkways with restaurants, bars and shops scattered alongside.
We walked the largest loop of the Riverwalk and stopped at The Esquire Tavern for cocktails – as all that walking made us thirsty!  It was my kind of place full of unique cocktails. We all ordered something a little different, I went for something involving lemongrass simple syrup, lime and cilantro infused vodka. It was amazing.
First thing in the morning we were off again, headed towards Austin.


The Austin skyline greeted us as did another sunny, beautiful Texas day.



On Saturday Michael’s friend gave us a quick tour of the Capital building in Austin which was humongous! Humongous, and beautiful.




Just about everywhere you looked in the Capital you could find the Texas star, from the ceiling lights to the doorknobs.  Fun fact about these ceiling lights, they are the original lights that were put in when electricity was first installed in the Capital building.


After the Capital, Michael’s friend drove us to the outskirts of Austin and showed us some of the more residential areas of the city.  He took us up Mount Bonnell and around Lake Austin and Lake Travis (seen in this photo).  Because of the drought, the water levels were low, but it was still a beautiful view.


I don’t want you to worry that I went soft on you and spent my entire vacation sight-seeing.  I did plenty of BBQ eating, margarita sipping and beer tasting.  I have one more Texas post coming for you next week mainly about the delicious foods we ate.
Have you been to Texas? What was your favorite part/place/city?
Before I go, let me introduce you to the beautiful boutique: Coletta