Monday, July 2, 2012

Morning in Austin Evening in San Antonio

 We woke up in Kileen on Sunday morning and headed to Austin. We stopped there for breakfast at Frank. Okay, well we were kind of expecting Hot dogs, which is what they normally sell, but we hit it during brunch hours so we had breakfast!

Eric had found this place I think on the food network.

It is worth a stop if you're in the Austin area, it was spectacular!
 This is what drew him in though - the Red Headed Stranger
 He loved it.
 This was brunch - He had crayfish gravy over fried rice patties - which was scrumptious, and a brioche called the Elvis which had peanut butter, banana and bacon inside. I had steak and eggs - and it was pretty much one of the best steaks I have ever had - you could tell it was cooked in garlic and butter... mmmmh!
 It's a super cool place - I could totally see something like this going over well in SoDo.
 I love the skyline of Austin - old cracking buildings around the block from towering highrises.
 We hopped back into the car and got on the road to San Antonio. We hadn't road tripped in awhile, so It was so nice to be back on the road together.

We pulled in to San Antonio around 4 and headed on the free shuttle from our hotel to the San Antonio Riverwalk. 

We looked over the edge of the street to the riverwalk which sits below street level. Eric snapped a few photos with our Sony point & shoot we just bought, and I pulled out my trusty Canon and found it now shoots pictures that come out entirely black. Crap. I'm so not looking forward to having that assessed and fixed. We didn't let it ruin our day, we headed on to the Alamo before entering the river walk, and soaked in the streets of San Antonio.
 Arriving at the Alamo we had heard how small it was from several people - I am not really sure what they expected, but we felt it was about the size you'd expect. We didn't know you were able to walk inside it so that was a pleasant surprise.
 The outside was beautiful - lots of gardens and greenery.
 Overall, I thought it was pretty cool. A piece of history one must see if you're in the area.

 This memorial is across the street from the Alamo remembering the people who died there. It's beautiful.

 The riverwalk was a very "touristy" area of the city - I don't know what I expected, it was cool, but after walking along the river in 103 degree heat among banks of nothingness (not all of the riverwalk is COVERED in restaurants) we were kind of done with it.

 We did a little shopping - mostly to find Eric a pair of sunglasses (a necessity in TX) and a few souvenirs. I got myself a couple pairs of earrings that I love. We then stopped to eat at the Casa Rio pictured above. It was delicious!

 After the riverwalk we went to the hotel and swam in the pool to cool off which was a little counterproductive since the pool was awfully warm. After the pool we headed to the restaurant downstairs to have a little sweet treat before bed time which is pretty much our mantra on vacation. I ordered the bread pudding as it was the only sweet treat without berries... or so I thought. I took one bite and realized there were blueberries in it! I spent the rest of the night with a scratchy throat - nothing life threatening, but I only had a half a berry! Stupid allergies!

We hopped in our car the next morning and headed to Houston.

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