From Galveston, we traveled west past Houston to Austin, capital of Texas and home to the main campus of the University of Texas. We indulged ourselves there by staying in the dog-friendly and completely unique, Hotel St. Cecilia.
|Olive in the courtyard of the Hotel St. Cecilia|
Each room in the hotel is unique but they all sport old-fashioned turntables and in the lobby is a fine collection of old record albums that can be checked out. But the best part is the location, the Hotel St. Cecilia is on a quiet street that is just a short walk from Congress Street, the main drag that has a great variety of restaurants and shopping, much of which is dog-friendly. We walked down each morning and had breakfast at Jo's. We enjoyed great coffee and pastries and Olive enjoyed the company of other canines like this beautiful pooch...
While in town, we toured the state capitol building. It has a beautiful understated elegance.
|The dome of the Texas Capitol Building.|
|The Senate Chamber.|
When we were on the grounds of the capitol, I experienced a little lens envy. But, you know, I would never be able to hold that thing still.
Austin is also a great base for exploring the Texas Hill Country and we took a day to check it out. We stopped at Perdernales Falls State Park and took a gander at the river that has made the area what it is today.
We checked out the boyhood home of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his adult ranch.
|LBJ's boyhood home.|
We stopped by Luckenbach, which Greg informed me is the subject of a country song by Waylon Jennings.
But, in spite of all the natural beauty we took in and all the cool things to see in Austin, the coolest thing we saw has to be this!