Thursday, May 22, 2014

Day Four: Austin

We have often found that in cities, as opposed to tourist spots, where we spend more than a few days, we seek out the sort of places that tourists do not always go. So it was for our fourth day in Austin. We began with breakfast at the Driskill’s 1886 Bakery and Café and then headed out to the Zilker Park Botanical Garden which bills itself as The Jewel in the Heart of Austin. I enjoyed, in particular, the prehistoric garden section, replete with velociraptor.

The lily pond at the entrance

I was pleased to capture this image of a dragonfly

Not-so-coy koi

I loved these gates that, I guess, once formed the entry to the gardens
After that we went onto the campus of UTA to the Harry Ransom Library which has one of the nation’s best Special Collections Library and Exhibits. They are currently presenting an exhibit on World War I drawn from the posters, publications, objects, letters and papers in their possession. The collection was impressive and the interpretation even moreso. The only thing they allowed to be photographed, however, was their Gutenberg Bible, which they showcase on permanent exhibit along with what they bill as the world’s first photograph.
UTA is, quite simply a world class university and the setting, overlooking the city, but still part of it, is lovely

In the evening we went deep into South Austin to hear country music and eat Cajun food at the Evangeline Café, which was suggested to us by several locals. The place is improbably located in a strip mall but both food and music were the real deal.

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