For an entire week, my husband and I spent our time enjoying the sights, sounds and sinfully good barbecue in Austin, Texas, and wow, what a week it was! Between visiting friends, exploring the city and searching for our first home, it was a very busy but enjoyable vacation.
Here are a few snaps from our amazing time spent in my favorite Southern city, starting with one of our new favorite Austin attractions, the lovely Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center…
Bluebonnets, Texas’s beautiful blue state flower, were blossoming all over the trails and the only thing you could hear were birds, the rustling of leaves and the calm trickle of a nearby stream. Well, and Mark’s cell phone ringing. It was a work day, after all!
We visited the gardens towards the end of our trip, which was a nice, relaxing way to wrap up the busy week. The sweet people we met there and the gorgeous scenery definitely left me feeling so happy, refreshed and rejuvenated! I tell ya, you’ll never find a friendlier bunch of people than in Austin.
Before the gardens, though, we had taken a trip to tour the stunning state capitol, which is nestled among this quiet park where we took an afternoon stroll. If you’re ever in Austin, I highly recommend the capitol tour – It’s free, and I’d say that’s a small price to pay to get an interesting Texas history lesson!
But, oh, the barbecue! Sticky, saucy, slow-cooked goodness at Smitty’s, Cooper’s, and even the café in the downtown Whole Foods foodie mecca… how could I forget you! All of our mouthwatering meals with friends were almost the highlight of this trip, only falling second to…
… Our new house! Yup, Mark and I found a wonderful first home in Austin with the help of our realtor, and well, signing on the dotted line was definitely the highlight of the whole trip! We’re absolutely in love with it and will be moving in around the first week in June. Relocating from California to Texas will be no small feat, but we’re excited to experience this together. After seven years of city living, it’s about time we finally make a house a home!
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into our week as much as I’ve looked forward to sharing it with you. I’ll get back to sharing new recipes as often as possible with you, though this season my posts may become a little more infrequent due to the big change of moving into our first home.
Thanks for stopping by and reading along. Here goes another new adventure!