Postcards from Austin – Part II

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This is our beautiful State Capitol in Austin, Texas. Our last trip to Austin was a wash-out, literally, but you can see that this was a perfect winter’s day in Texas; bright blue skies and a cool wonderful light for photographs. It is many years since we visited the downtown area of Austin and when we did I remember being delighted that there was an intellectual, political and artistic center to Texas. My politics are left of center and sometimes I feel a bit isolated in our community but Austin reminds me that there is a strong democratic core to Texas that belies the media perception of our state. From 1848 until 1972, with one exception, Texas voted Democrat and maybe one day the red tide will turn. Before you criticize me, remember that free speech is one of the tenets of our democracy and you have the choice to vote for whom you wish. Many countries around the world are dying for this opportunity. On a much lighter note, this trip to Austin fulfilled all my expectations. We went to dirty 6th Street where I was reminded how old I am – “she will get a bladder infection with those shorts on a cold night”. Sandra Bullock’s restaurant exceeded our expectations and I had a hangover from Margaritas. Austin remains as weird as the residents wish it to be and we had a wonderful weekend. Click on the link to see some wonderful photographs and the usual funny anecdotes. POSTCARD FROM AUSTIN PART II – click here