Our next and final destination was to be Austin. We arrived at lunch and planned to stay for one night as we needed to be closer to the airport for our final night.
“Keep Austin Wierd” intrigued me the most. I wanted to know what exactly made Austin have this reputation! As we drove in, down 6th street, I noticed many bars, places to eat and small gift shops. They didn’t look ‘wierd’ but they went on and on for a good half mile if not more.
After filling our faces with the breakfast from Sara’s (eggs, fresh fruit, muffins, waffles, toast!!), we jumped on the number 50 and headed into a misty Downtown Houston.
We started to wander around and look for something to do. Our obvious first choice was to head for the shops, however we couldn’t find any! I seemed to get the feeling that Houston is more of a business city as wherever we walked, there just seemed to be offices upon offices upon offices. We then saw signs for the network of underground tunnels, which pretty much link all of the main buildings. Again, very few shops were in the tunnels but they were jammed with places to eat! Once the cities lunch hour started the tunnels were heaving with city slickers…once the lunch hour was over, the tunnels were quiet. Very bizarre!
However, the lack of shops didn’t stop us exploring Houston. We walked through a lovely small park, tried to find Chinatown, tried to walk in Sam Houston park (it was closed) and tried to visit a couple of museums (they also close on Mondays!). Even though we didn’t have a list of things we had ‘seen’ and ‘done’, I had still enjoyed exploring the other parts that not everyone might go to. We also walked about 4 miles and I got pink shoulders!
We headed back to Houston Heights but got off our bus further up the road so that we could wander around the neighbourhood. To be honest, I got more satisfaction wandering around these parts than the city. We found an old thrift store and a couple of interesting antique furniture shops. The thing I loved the most, and I am beginning to see this in most places that we visit, is the contrast in culture and architecture as you walk along one street. There are huge Victorian mansions which look like they are part of a movie set….and then there are small wooden shack houses that have great personality and character; a real mix of American culture.