Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: AUSTIN, TEXAS
An amaZING day in Austin!
Greetings once again from Austin and once again from Capital City Bakery - yup it was THAT good that I came here 2 days in a row!
Anyhow the music yesterday was WAAAAAAY better than this insane crazy awful music that is playing today. Oh how I wish I was faster at thinking about pulling out my Soundhound app to sample the song that just ended so that I could've shared the awfulness with you.
Because that is what I do. I share greatness - mediocreness - and awfulness!
So let me tell you that I had nothing short of a FAB-U-LOUS day yesterday!!!!!!
It was so much better than I could've and did imagine. You gotta understand - I'm not the biggest fan of Texas. Heck I'm from NYC - so what do ya expect. I grew up with those Pace Picante Sauce commercials...
But I've got to admit - I had such an excellent day that I couldn't have asked for one that was any better!
Well well well - seems that I went on overload here and I took so many pictures that posting them - even a fraction of them is gonna be too darn much.
So instead I'll leave you with a sampling and once the weekend in over I'll post an entire article focused on the great time that I had! How's that sound???
Heading out for what's to be a fantastic day! (c)travelincousins.com
First top was Capital City Bakery (c)travelincousins.com
Sipping on an Iced Latte (c)travelincousins.com
Getting the Daily on (c)travelincousins.com
Texas State Capital (c)travelincousins.com
Texas flag on top of the Texas Capital (c)travelincousins.com
I'm going in (c)travelincousins.com
Time for a tour (c)travelincousins.com
INFO INFO INFO (c)travelincousins.com
Inside of the Capital (c)travelincousins.com
Capital tour (c)travelincousins.com
Texas pride (c)travelincousins.com
It's official - I'm in Austin (c)travelincousins.com
Lunch time (c)travelincousins.com
It's only me! (c)travelincousins.com
Yup that's what I'll have (c)travelincousins.com
One messy sandwich (c)travelincousins.com
Aww my hands are dirty (c)travelincousins.com
Vegan it is! (c)travelincousins.com
Time for Ice Cream (c)travelincousins.com
Lots of choices (c)travelincousins.com
Southern Peach and Chocolate Peppermint Cookie under a Chocolate Olive Oil Shell (c)travelincousins.com
Quick before it melts! (c)travelincousins.com
Bridge over the Colorado River (c)travelincousins.com
Colorado River (c)travelincousins.com
In front of my hotel (c)travelincousins.com
Water Biking with Martin (c)travelincousins.com
Smiling all day long (c)travelincousins.com
Sunset before the bats (c)travelincousins.com
I have no choice but to leave you for now. My battery is running low and I'm on the go.
I'll be back to fill ya in with oh so much more!
Good times, -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 16 DAYS
Capturing Austin from Long Island
Hey there! Well, Tanya certainly had a bang up day in Austin yesterday - getting her "eats" on with a stop at the Capital City Bakery, a visit to the Austin State Capitol and some water biking with her friend Martin!! Catch up on all the details on Tanya's Scoop!!
As for your's truly, I had a fun evening last night at the weekly promenade in the town of Garden City, Long Island.
Last night was especially fun since it was not only the first Summer Friday night where they close the street and have live music and the food and merchandise establishments stay open late - BUT, it was also a special celebration for the Belmont Stakes, which is being held today at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
Me and Kelsey stopped by the promenade last night for a few hours, but, of course, with all the excitement, I did NOT take any photos. Darn! We grabbed some grub, a few drinks and then headed home early since Kelsey had an early day of riding today.
A few of the horsies in the pasture upon our arrival (c) travelincousins.com
Kelsey rode her usual half day, while Gianna was feeling completely under the weather with a cold. Of course, her back is still well enough to ride, but, she will usually take the ride out and hang with me or watch the other girls ride.
Today, she just stayed home and rested.
I never got to watch Secretariat last night so I'm thinking we will all enjoy it today following the Belmont Stakes race later this evening.
Well, getting back to Austin...how much do you know about this Texas city (and capital!)?
17 Fun Facts About Austin, Texas
Austin (credit: minitime.com)
1. Austin is the state capital of Texas and the 14th largest city in the US.
2. Austin is named after one of its founding fathers, Stephen F. Austin.
3. The city was originally called Waterloo, which was the name given to it by the commission that surveyed the strip of land along the Colorado River back in 1838, on orders from Republic of Texas president Mirabeau B. Lamar.
4. Austin is known for its eclectic live-music scene centered around country, blues and rock.
5. The city is referred to as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and the “Violet Crown City,” a reference to the purplish light cast over the hills on winter evenings.
6. Austin has also gained the nickname “Silicon Hills" because of the number of tech firms that have come to the town. These include IBM, which arrived in 1967, followed by Texas Instruments, Motorola, 3M, Dell computers, and numerous others.
7. Austin is one of the sunniest cities in America with an average of 300 days of sunshine.
8. The Texas State Capitol building is the second largest capitol building. The only bigger capitol building is the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
9. The Austin Dam, built in 1893, was one of the world’s largest concrete dams at the time, stretching 1,200 feet across the Colorado River and provided the first locally generated electricity for the city.
10. Austin is one of the leading sites for venture capital funding in the nation.
11. Austin has the largest urban bat population of any city in the country with more than 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats roosting beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge in the summer.
12. John Mackey and Renee Lawson started a natural foods store called SaferWay using a $45,000 loan they scraped together from family and friends. Two years later, they merged with another local store and opened the very first Whole Foods Market.
13. Austin’s food truck scene started in the early ‘90s with a few family-owned taco carts on South Lamar Street. The movement took off in the 2000s, and between 2006 and 2011 the number of mobile vendor licenses tripled. Today, there are close to 2,000 food trucks throughout the city.
14. University of Texas’s Darrell K. Royal Stadium had a capacity of 27,000, when it opened in 1924, making it one of the largest stadiums in the South. Today, it holds more than 100,000 fans and is the ninth largest stadium in the world.
15. The Cathedral of Junk is a favorite of residents and tourists, located in the backyard of a small house on the south side of Austin. It’s made up of what most might consider junk, from ladders to bicycle parts to clocks. There is something new to see during each visit.
16. The one food that describes Austin, is "breakfast tacos."
17. Austin has seven historical districts and 210 historical structures, including the Capital and the Governor's Mansion.
May I also say that today is a totally GORGEOUS DAY!! Absolutely perfect!