Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Texan Travels Part II: Road trip!

Last October I went on a road trip from Dallas, Texas down to Corpus Christi for a special family event. We stopped along the way at Austin, San Antonio, and visited the Texas Hill Country. Here are a few highlights from that trip:

The fist stop was Austin, but we mostly just enjoyed the food and the nightlife while we were there. It lived up to its reputation for a great music scene, with live music happening every day of the week in the downtown area. We had some amazing Tex Mex at a restaurant near the nightlife area, and caught a live band on a rooftop bar.

Next we headed out to the Texas Hill Country, where we spent an afternoon in the small city of Fredericksburg. It's a charming, German-settled town with lots of older buildings and touristy shops selling things like antiques and old-fashioned sweets. We had lunch at a German restaurant where everyone consumed vast amounts of schnitzel, wandered around town, and then drove out to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The drive through the countryside was just as beautiful as the park, especially at sunset.

An Amish antiques shop in Fredericksburg

Old (by American standards) church in Fredericksburg

Beautiful drive through the Hill Country in the evening

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

We spent the following day in San Antonio, where our first stop was, of course, the Alamo. Unfortunately it was closed at the time we arrived, but we could still enjoy it from the outside. If you're not familiar with the Alamo, it's a famous fort that became a landmark after a battle there between the American and Mexican armies. The well-known frontiersman Davy Crockett was one of those who died during the fight there in 1836.

Front of the Alamo in San Antonio

Alamo entrance

In the evening we explored the San Antonio River Walk, which is very nice in a touristy, spend all your money there sort of way. There were a lot of great restaurants and bars there, so we had a fun dinner catching up with old friends that night.

At the start of the River Walk in San Antonio

I had a lot of fun on the road trip down to Corpus Christi, and at some point in the future I'll write about the special family event that happened there. It was really great to spend time with my family and friends and get to see a bit more of Texas. I feel really grateful for the opportunity I had this past year to take some time off work for travel and family time. 

Next up, travels around the U.K. and Greece!

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