We took a public bus into Austin and walked around 6th and 7th streets. We eventually found a Greek restaurant to eat in. During our trip we had rather overdosed on Mexican food and as great as it was we were desperate for something else.
The Capitol Building
We found some old houses in amongst the high rise buildings.
We took the bus into Austin again as we weren't sure about the parking. We needn't have been. I have never seen so many multi-storey car parks in one place in my life. Every block along one street was a large car park!
We went to the Capitol building Visitor Centre and looked round a display there before taking a tour of the Capitol itself.
The lady in the Visitor Centre had recommended a German Bar for lunch and it was great.
It was quite close to this stadium - the home of the Texas Longhorns. However not the animal that I was still trying to get a photo of.
We went to The Bullock Texas State History Museum for a couple of hours. The displays were great. However I became all-Texas-historied out by the end. This was the fourth time we had read or heard about the history of Texas.
More of the old houses as we walked around.
This one looks a bit French.
We had dinner in the city centre and then returned to the hotel. Although the sun had shone all day there had been a bitter wind and a very low temperature. We were glad to get back to the warmth.
Another sunny but cold day! We drove across country to Elgin, then to Taylor and on to Cameron.
Much to our amazement we found a lovely little Italian place that served super food. It was obviously where the locals went for lunch after church.
It had an historic downtown of course! By now they are looking the same!
I couldn't resist this plaque about the first girl's Tomato Club in Texas!
We drove to La Grange specifically to go this Quilt Museum. It was set up by the person who runs the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
Photography wasn't allowed of the quilts but I asked permission to photograph the interior of the building which I thought was beautiful.
However we were allowed to have our photograph taken in front of a quilt of our choice.
There was an exhibition by a British Quilt group in one room of the museum of the Magna Carter Quilt. If you got to this page and click on the pages listed under Quilts you will be able to see the very impressive quilts.
There just happened to be a quilt shop next door. And yes! I did give in and buy some fat quarters. To stroke of course.
This was the rest of the historic downtown.
We unintentionally drove past Lake Somerville - we were lost at the time. I do not recommend using maps that have a scale of 15.5 miles to the inch when you are used to using British Ordnance Survey maps (1.25 miles to the inch!)
We saw these white tailed deer who posed for a photo.
We saw this amazing sky.
Eventually we ended up in Brenham where we ate at the BT Longhorn Saloon and Steak Bar.
As we set out this morning we had 7 hours until we needed to be at the airport. So only 7 hours left in which to photograph a Texas Longhorn!
But let's go look at another historic downtown: Brenham
This area was supposed to be the town square with the rest of the town built on a grid system around it, but it didn't happen.
Mrs Sam Houston lived here.
The General Store
A plantation house
Our last tourist stop was at Washington-on-the Brazos State Historic Site where in the building below the document was signed declaring Texas as an independent state - leaving Mexico.
The river Brazos
We visited the farm on the site - one which had been moved here from elsewhere.
The farmhouse. The bedrooms were the two rooms on the left and the rooms on the right were a living room and a dining room. The children's bedrooms were in the roof up a very steep ladder.
This was the kitchen in a separate building.
And these small huts were where the slaves lived.
And with 3 hours to go we saw some Texas Longhorns. Yeah!
On the way to the airport we stopped in the small village of Chappell Hill for lunch.
Most of the village was made up of historic buildings!
So farewell to the Lone Star State. A very slow journey through the outskirts of Houston and a flight home overnight. And back to a country with proper historic buildings - pre-1850!
Despite the cold and the rain it was an enjoyable trip. But next time we travel in January we're going somewhere warm like Puerto Rica.
Thanks for stopping by.