Austin – Day Three

Saturday He and I were quite the typical tourists. We hung out downtown and walked around University of Texas (HOOK EM!) before going to a massive brewery exclusive to Austin.

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Deciding to totally skip the typical Sixth Street experience of getting totally tanked and rowdy, I took Him to lunch at one of the funky restaurants located on Austin’s version of Bourbon Street. We stopped for tacos at Chupacabra before hiking up to the Capital Building.

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I adored the Texas Capital Building! Made of stunning pink marble, it is naturally larger than the United States Capital Building. Everything’s Bigger in Texas It was full of tourists but it was far from being over packed. Walking into the main entrance you are drawn to the middle to look up into the massive rotunda. At the very top is a star surrounded with “TEXAS.” He and I spent quite some time in here getting lost and exploring all the hallways and areas that were probably off-limits. Many parts of this building are intricately decorated, the door knobs, water fountains, etc., and it is almost a scavenger hunt discovering the small details.

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So magnificent!

So magnificent!

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There are tons of statues all over the front lawn that brings to life Texas's history

There are tons of statues all over the front lawn that brings to life Texas’s history

A stunning view from the left

A stunning view from the left

Back of the Capital Building Lower level, this is where the a town of offices are located as well as the gift shop! IMG_0066

The immense rotunda, looking up!

The immense rotunda, looking up!

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Looking down a few floors up

Looking down a few floors up

My favorite part of the whole building: the door hinges!

My favorite part of the whole building: the door hinges!

Texas seal!

Texas seal!

Ground level staircase

Ground level staircase

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House of Representives Chamber!

House of Representives Chamber!

Walk up the sides of the room and check out an alternative, better view of the Chamber

Walk up the sides of the room and check out an alternative, better view of the Chamber

The fabulous leather seats for the Texan politicians

The fabulous leather seats for the Texan politicians

House of Rep Roll Call! Texas Senate Chamber
Behind the Capital Building is another area I didn’t have to explore on my last trip through. University of Texas is a beautiful campus heavily populated with trees and unique buildings. Of course we snuck into some buildings there to see the classrooms and hallways! My favorite part though was when we discovered the turtle pond (which I guess is a thing, as we saw shirts mentioning the place in the university co-op store). Turtle’s where everywhere and there were four or five different levels with different plants on each. I so would have studied at this spot as much as possible!

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Meet me at the Turtle Pond!

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Our last new adventure that day took us very north and out of Austin Proper. We were in search of the elusive but extremely popular Austin Beerworks Brewery. Located in the middle of a very industrial area, look for the massive amount of cars in lieu of any street sign or marking! Behind the massive warehouse are picnic tables and awnings.

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The tasting here was so unique! In Austin, breweries do a special thing to get around some weird rules by the city. Instead of buying the beer from them, you “buy” a glass and get free fills. At Austin Beerworks we bought a pint glass for $10 and received three tokens to exchange for a fill of our desired brew. If you wanted a sample before committing to a pint, they were more than happy to give you a small glass. I very much loved this concept once I wrapped my head around it! If you know anything from reading my winery posts, you know how much I love free glassware from a visit!
After cashing in our tokens, we went for a dinner and more drinks at Whole Foods. BBQ and cider were spot on for watching the University of Texas game! Ending the night we walked a few blocks from our Airbnb and went to our favorite bars on East Sixth. I loved how quickly it was to feel like I was actually living there!

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