Sharon continued to work at The Domain, slightly outside downtown Austin. I was left to explore on my own, so I decided to walk around the city. I took a stroll down Congress Avenue, a main drag close to the hotel. The weather was beautiful, but I noticed, again, how few people were outside walking.
I walked past the Paramount Theater, a part of Austin for nearly 100 years.
Continuing down the road, I made my way to the giant State Capitol building. The towering dome was beautiful and I took my time meandering the grounds. I walked past the oldest state office building in Texas — The Capitol Visitor Center (aka 1856-57 General Land Office Building).
As I made my way back to the Four Seasons, I noticed a lot of construction.
This site was called The Austonian. There were at least 2 other high rises going up in less than a four block radius. I noticed that it didn’t really feel like Texas was around me — this could be any city, USA. There was a Fogo de Chão on one corner, while Chipotles and Subways populated others. Even The Domain, where Sharon was working, was full of chain store after chain store.
Dinner helped bring back Texan flavors to both my nose and my mouth. We headed to Lambert’s, a restaurant tagged as “Fancy Barbecue”. The ‘cue was outstanding and by the time desert came, both Sharon and I were food drunk.
Tuesday was another day on my own, but still not much of a Southern feel as I walked through a different part of the city — Starbucks here, T.G.I.Fridays there. The weather was beautiful as I strolled back along the river.
For dinner we went to Uchi Sushi, which was excellent. The tuna was so buttery and good, we had 3 dishes that included the fish! All in all a good place to visit, but I can’t say we’ll be visiting Austin again anytime soon!