After, I took some photos of Austin from Zilker Park, along the Town Lake and Colorado
River. We then drove to Bonnell Mountain for some more photos and scenery, but the weather was too hazy for me to capture any good photos. From there we went a shopping area called "The Domain," which is actually a New-Urbanist village in northwest Austin. I took photos of that as well, and we walked around the "village" for a while, checking out the shops and residences. It wasn't a perfect New-Urbanist community - the grocery store was defunct and there were not enough residences to support the high-scale retail that was established, but it was still interesting to see.
Around 4:00PM we headed on down to San Antonio, stopping to take a tour of the Natural Bridge Caverns in the aptly named township of Natural Bridge Caverns. We took a rather intimate 75-minute tour (there were only five of us in the group) and it was well worth the money (just over $16 with my AAA discount). The caverns were breathtaking - better than the ones I saw in Virginia many years ago.
After our cavern tour we finished our drive to San Antonio. The exit we took coincidentally lead us nearly to the front of our hotel (just by chance). We booked a cheap room on Priceline here for $54, and the room and hotel are great. The gentleman at the front desh was most helpful, and even gave us a room with a view of downtown without to inquire (he asked if we had a floor or room preference). For the money you can't beat it. We're a short walk from downtown and a 5 minute drive to the Riverwalk, which is where we went first. We had dinner at "The Republic of Texas Restaurant," which was relatively inexpensive ($30 for two people), clean, had outdoor seating along the river, great food and wonderful service. I was so pleased I actually shook the manager's hand.
From there we walked some more, and I took some night photos with my small tripod. After about 30 minutes we walked to a big gay club nearby called "Bonham Exchange." It was in what appeared to be a large old mansion, and was really quite beautiful. It wasn't busy of course, but the drinks were cheap ($2 for a vodka tonic!!) and the people were friendly. They had top 20 music videos playing, and it was fun but Omer and I grew tired and the club wasn't getting any busier, so we left. I stopped to take a couple photos of the Alamo
and am now relaxing here at the hotel, ready for bed.
Some more photos from our trip:
Omer and I saw a feature on the Travel Channel for Fliphappy Crepes, and when we were in Austin we had to stop there to give it a try! The line is long (as you can see in the background), but well worth the wait! This is a place run by two sisters out of an old Avion trailer, with seating outdoors near Zilker Park.
A view of downtown Austin from Mount Bonnell.
The riverwalk is choc full of shops and restaurants, and for a Wednesday night is very busy!!
This is "The Torch of Friendship" by Mexican Scuptor Sebastian and was commissioned by the Association of Mexican Entrepreneurs of San Antonio to celebrate the connection between the city and its neighbor to the south. The Tower of the Americas is in the background right.
The infamous Alamo. I don't have enough room here to type out the entire history or significance of this building, but I recommend you look it up and read about it! www.thealamo.org