People, today is a “special day”, haha.
I am no longer 52 years old. I am turning 53 today. FIFTY THREE!
SO middle aged and frumpy sounding. OH well, just gotta deal with it and do the best with the situation. Indeed.
Other than that, let’s take a little trip to Texas, shall we.
Let’s go to Austin!!
So, we left New Orleans and headed west.
We drove thru the bayou for miles and miles and miles. Cray fish farms en masse to our left and right the entire day.
As you know, Louisiana exports a lot of cray fish to all corners of the world.
The landscape is flat and the road is sort of built like a long, long, low bridge crossing the bayou.
In the afternoon we crossed the border of Texas!
Texas, the biggest state in the continental US.
I had never been to Texas before, so I was looking forward to driving thru a very big chunk of this huge state.
When in The Lone Star State you're sure to find BBQ-signs everywhere!
Unfortunately, the weather was NOT on our side. It started to rain as we got closer to our destination, Austin.
A lot of rain, and also accompanied by very cold temperatures.
The heat and humidity of New Orleans were long gone by now.
Austin on a rainy Monday afternoon.
We drove into Austin in the late afternoon.
We were heading for the AirBnB that would be our home for the next couple of nights.
Let me tell you, this AirBnB was top of the line. It is an AirBnB+, and that showed. SO clean, so well equipped, so cozy, so warm and welcoming!
I got all warm and fuzzy inside when we entered this house. The decor reminded me of my own home to an extent.
The hostess had left a welcome basket filled with goodies and we were free to use everything in the fridge, pantry and freezer. The bathroom was filled with products galore.
Yes, this was the place to stay and be cozy in.
I am telling you, people. If you are going for AirBnBs go the extra mile and splurge for the PLUS rated places. They are plusses for a reason!
We were so close to downtown Austin. And, we headed out for a bbq-dinner. When in Texas, ya know!!
Karolina left for her friend Claire’s place in the evening. Claire is a good friend from Elon who’s from Austin.
So for the night and following day it was just us three old ones.
The weather did not improve AT ALL the following day.
Rain and more rain. Still so cold!
It was nice hanging in the cozy house during the early morning. Later we took a drive thru downtown and I tried to photograph a bit. No, it did not really work out as it was raining too hard.
We had a good, good pizza for lunch on Congress Street.
Later in the afternoon we walked around a big park with awesome views over Austin down by the Colorado River.
BUT, we had to cut it way short because the rain did return.
The capital building of Texas.
I did like what I saw of Austin, though. It is a liberal city in the otherwise so conservative Texas.
I did like the vibe of Austin. A lot.
I’d gladly return again (and I would SO hope for better weather).
There are SO many fun murals in Austin.
When we left Austin the following morning the sun decided to make an appearance again.
But, more about our AWESOME drive thru Western Texas tomorrow.
The spring had sprung in Austin, Texas.
Have a good day, y’all!!