Texas! exploring Austin, pt I

by | Nov 13, 2013 | Travel, USA Travel

We started our Saturday morning with a trip to Zilker Gardens.  The signs are a bit disingenuous with a notice in small print that they charge extra if you are not a resident. We started by going left from visitor center, enjoying the different sections of the park.

pink roses (with visitor)

froggy  I have wings!

pagoda and pond  old school

star lily

The Japanese water gardens were especially memorable with some beautiful koi and mature bamboo.

From the garden we drove in downtown Austin, stopping first at The Contemporary which was underwhelming as museum. With only two installations, there wasn’t a lot to keep our attention for more than twenty minutes. However, we were pleased to find the nearby Capital building open for exploration and unexpectedly fascinating.

carved door hinges

door hinge

intricate doorknobs  dome

stars everywhere you look

Texas Senate floor

Texas House of Representatives

a discussion


After lunch we headed to the second location of The Contemporary Museum – a little better, but still not very interesting overall.

art installation

See our further adventures in Austin in our next post…

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