A Little Taste of Austin

29 Jun

Our little vacation from two weeks ago consisted of one night spent in San Antonio visiting with grandpa, two nights camping at Garner State Park with extended family and kiddos, and two nights spent in Austin (just me and Rob) dining, shopping, relaxing, and spending time together.  Even though the water was low in the Frio River (which made it a tad less frio) a fun time was still had by all, especially the kids who spent a significant part of their days rope swinging:

After two nights of roughing it in the woods:

(Ok, “roughing it” is a bit of a stretch)

Rob and I spent two much-needed nights together in Austin.  Here is the lovely view from our hotel:

Side note: I am very proud to say that I did the whole “name your own price” thing from Priceline for the first time, and couldn’t be happier with the outcome – we paid $80 a night for a $150 night hotel!!!  It was perfect.

Our first night there, we went to a show at Red7 and partook in a little of the Austin night life scene.  Then on Saturday we strolled up and down South Congress to hit up a few shops.  But first we had a lovely brunch at Serrano’s:

As lovely a patio area Serrano’s has, we didn’t actually sit out there since the temperature was about 104 degrees farenheit.  It was hot that day!  But we braved the heat and set out to check out the shops and boutiques South Congress has to offer nonetheless.  First stop was a little outdoor artists market, but the heat had us quickly moving along into the cooler, indoor shops.  Like this fancy-schmancy boot shop (at which the owner not so gently told me not to take photos after snapping this pic) :

Then in another shop, we came across this HUGE skeleton walking none other than a skeleton chihuahua:

I will find me a cute little chihuahua skeleton like this one day. 

The next shop we went into, called Uncommon Objects, had a combination of both weird and awesome vintage items:

I love all that vintage glass, and of course (you may not know this, but) I am on the hunt for some affordable skull head mounts,  preferably a ram (since I am a Capricorn and the curves in their horns are lovely and feminine) just like this one:

But the $185 price tag did not scream out SOLD to me (not at this time at least).  Another out of price-range item was this gorgeous Capiz chandelier:

Oh how I would love to have one of these beauties!

But I did walk out of there with one little item to add to my collection of vintage Fisher Price toys – a little seal pull-toy, with an oh-so-right price tag of only $10:

How cute is that?!

After coming in and out of the heat, we were both feeling a bit on the tired and thirsty (and light-headed) side, so we made a little stop at Geurro’s Taco Bar (where they filmed Death Proof) for a water break, and along the way picked up a newspaper from one of my favorite satirical news sources, the Onion:

We really should have one of these newspaper dispensers in Fort Worth, I mean after all, the Onion is America’s finest news source. 

Any who, after our water break, I decided to play photographer and snap a few shots of me and Rob with some help from my camera’s self-timer and my handy-dandy tripod:

Oh, and notice the marquis in the background?  That is the world famous Austin Motel:


Well that about sums up our Saturday afternoon adventures.  We took in a movie back at the hotel (Inception = total disappointment) and had a expensive nice sushi dinner at Uchi.  It was lovely.

And finally on Sunday, we ate my favorite for lunch – Mediterranean – and then hit up what is known as “the Drag” for a little more shopping and Austin insperado just before heading back home:

So there you have it, a little taste of Austin!  Please, do share your own vacation adventures 🙂


3 Responses to “A Little Taste of Austin”

  1. Mom / Grammy July 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    It sounds and looks like you had a nice and well deserved vacation. I am glad that I was able to share some time with you during this time.

    • Mom / Grammy July 2, 2011 at 8:01 pm #



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