Travel Diary: Greetings from Austin


Greetings from Austin, Texas. We arrived here last Tuesday and so far, we’re really enjoying our Austin explorations!

A few years ago, as we were making plans for our life after retirement, Mr. MT Nest and I decided that we would need to escape the cold weather in western North Carolina for a couple of months each year. Rather than maintaining a second home in a warmer climate, we decided to use our yearly escapes to explore new places. In keeping with this plan, this year we are spending a month in Austin, Texas.


After settling into our lodging for the month on Tuesday, we got up bright and early on Wednesday to dive into the role of tourist. We first took a tour, Austin and the Hill Country. We find that taking a short professionally guided tour of each new place we visit is a good way to get general information and identify  attractions we want to visit later.


On Wednesday afternoon, we toured the Texas Capitol building. And strolled the streets of downtown Austin enjoying the sights.

DSC_0286ewSculpture on Congress Avenue that gives a nod to Austin’s reputation as a music center.


DSC_0288ewHistoric Paramount Theater – we attended a concert here on Thursday evening

DSC_0283ewThe Driskill Hotel

We stepped inside The Driskill to check out the lobby. Wow is all I can say! What a gorgeous place. Look at this photo of a stained glass lighting in the lobby. Gorgeous!

Driskill Lobby 1ewAnd this is the lobby bar. LOVE the copper ceiling.

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On Thursday we toured the LBJ Presidential Library. It was a walk down memory lane for Mr. MT Nest and me. We were in junior high school when President Kennedy was assassinated, so the Johnson administration was during our formative years. The library serves as an impressive reminder of those times, the issues that our country was confronting, and how much the LBJ administration accomplished.



I loved this mural.


And Lady Bird’s words that are engraved in granite outside the building.


The next day, we had breakfast at the iconic Magnolia Cafe on First Street and checked out that part of town, including a photo op at the “Greetings from Austin” mural on the side of Roadhouse Relics. It was a bit cool and blustery, so we postponed our plan to visit Mt. Bonnell.



We headed out to the legendary Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas on Saturday evening and I must say that the BBQ lived up to all the hype. We both ordered a combination platter of brisket and ribs and OMG! It was absolutely scrumptious and the portions were quite generous. We brought home leftovers which were consumed for Sunday’s dinner while watching the Super Bowl. We definitely want to go back to Salt Lick at least once more before we leave Austin!

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Austin is known for great food and we definitely want to enjoy it. But I think I will need to lose some weight when we return to the mountains after the month here! We had our first food truck experience today. Austin has a robust food truck scene. Food trucks aren’t mobile. Instead they are located in parks are  at many locations around the city. Today was such a beautiful, sunny day so we decided to take advantage of the weather and enjoy a food truck meal. We ate gourmet tacos from Torchy’s Tacos at a park on First Street and Elizabeth. Then we shared a decadent dessert, a cinnamon donut from Gourdough’s. Oh my! Yummy.

After lunch we visited the Zilker Botanical Gardens. It was a lovely afternoon, strolling through the gardens and enjoying the beautiful weather and the beautiful gardens, a perfect end to our first week in Austin. Tomorrow we’ll be taking a day trip to another Texas city and I will post about that soon!


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