Fun again with Fankai

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Thursday, July 30th

 

Wow, Got another chance to meet up with Fankai and we had a really good time. Fankai was out in Austin taking the Bar exam and we decided wouldn’t it be great to get together again and have a good time. The drive over to Austin was uneventful and I made it into town in record time. We were both looking forward to a few good days of just relaxing.

 

When I arrived we decided that downtown Austin was going to be the first thing on our agenda. A short drive into town allowed us some time to catch up on things that were going on in our families as far as all of the surgeries and ailments.

Austin at dusk
We found our way first at the Whole Foods world headquarters. I always like shopping at this one particular store when I come into Austin because of it great wine selection, and today I wasn’t disappointed. Fankai was familiar with Whole Foods as they have them in LA. We just walk around enjoying all the aroma’s that filled the air. We were both getting hungry and had decided that we would enjoy dinner at a restaurant that had recently opened in Austin called, Max’s Wine Dive. I guess the name gives it away.  We enjoyed these great Kobe Beef Burgers and some pretty good calamari. (You can read the review) The restaurant was loud, with the voices of happy Austinites enjoying a great meal and a great, in some cases, bottles of wine. The service was good and so was the atmosphere.

 

After dinner we decided we were going to walk over to the Congress Street Bridge nd watch the bats fly out at sunset.

Fankai over the Congress Street Bridge
There were many people there trying to catch a glimpse of the hundreds if not more, bats that venture out for their evening dinner and show for all the visitors. This was a pretty fun thing to watch. People lined up along the north side of the bridge, leaning over as if they were going to catch one as a souvenir to take back with them. The event resembled somewhat of a circus atmosphere as there were guys out selling carnival items like stick lights and glow sticks. It was kind of funny. We were also able to get some pretty good sunset photos as it began to sit over the river. The colors were just spectacular.

 

After enjoying that part of the evening we walked up Congress and enjoyed a walk around the State Capital. We were surprised that the building was still open at 9pm at night. There were quite a few people walking around and we had a chance to speak with one of the State Troopers who was on duty that evening. Officer Garcia was spurting out facts and info even better than one of the tour guards.

Fankai waiting for the bats to fly
  He let us know about the 8 foot star that is the focal point of the top of the dome. We also had fun just listen to the echo when you stand under the rotunda and talk. It was pretty cool.

 

The rest of the evening was pretty uneventful as we made our way back to the hotel.

 

 

Friday, July 31st

 

We got up today and made our way to the wonderful town of Fredericksburg. As we drove into the city we made a few stops along the way including a oretty good coffee stop.

Those are bats flying around
The drive out 290 was filled with history. We drove through Johnson City, the birthplace of President Linden B. Johnson. There were quite a few other historical, if not just interesting points of interest along the way including quite a few wineries. We had some fun at the one winery, Torre De Pietra, (see review). We didn’t taste, but we id get an opportunity to walk around the grounds and to the edge of the vineyards. I was able to capture some pretty cool pictures of grapes hanging on the vines. They also had a nice herb garden which included basil, rosemary, mint and sage. We took a few photos and then found our way to our next part of the day.

 

Hwy 290 turns into Main Street and is where the fun of Fredericksburg begins. We were able to find a pretty good spot to park and then headed to the National Museum of the Pacific complex.

At the winery.
There were some really interesting things to see and experience. Fankai had a wealth of information regarding China and Taiwan. We to a few photos and made our way out to Main Street to find food.

 

Fredericksburg is an old German town which means there is going to be so many great German restaurants, and we were not disappointed. We decided that Der Lindenbaum German Restaurant would be the place we would satisfy our hunger. We enjoyed a good meal and some pretty good service. (See review) The Linden Tree holds special places in Germans hearts. They have poems and songs about the blossoms which filled the air with beautiful smells that will filled a person’s heart. We enjoyed our meal and then headed out down along the main street with the other hundreds of other tourist enjoying a nice afternoon of shopping.

Grapes on the vines

 

We saw quite a few stores, but Rustlin Rob’s Texas Gourmet Foods had to be the best place. This is the one store that allows you to walk through and taste everything they sell. (See review) I was able to find some of my favorite foods at a pretty good price.

 

The day was getting long and we were getting tired and there was still an hour or more drive back to Austin. We made it back to enjoy a short nap and then a great dinner at Pannera Bread. The evening went a little long as we talk into the evening.

 

 

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Sunset over Austin
Sunset over Austin
Austin at dusk
Austin at dusk
Fankai over the Congress Street Br…
Fankai over the Congress Street B…
Fankai waiting for the bats to fly
Fankai waiting for the bats to fly
Those are bats flying around
Those are bats flying around
At the winery.
At the winery.
Grapes on the vines
Grapes on the vines
In the garden
In the garden
as we started to walk up Congress
as we started to walk up Congress
getting some photos of the sunset
getting some photos of the sunset
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