The capital city of Texas also pretty much draws lots of free-thinkers. Downtown fills up fast, after sundown. There are dozens of places to unwind, but the streets themselves are not the least among them. Even one of the swankiest venues in town, the ‘W’ Hotel, can claim to have a statue of one of Texas’ freest thinkers:
What restored my own capacity for free, or any other kind of, thinking, was a stop at a place recommended by Kate a few weeks ago:
I was not disappointed. La Condesa has the best Mexican-German Fusion cuisine imaginable. I had a Torta Ahogada de Carnitas. I repeat myself; this was the best ever. The chain has a presence in every major Texas city, plus Napa Valley and Phoenix, and is coming soon to Hollywood.
There is a spiritual side to Austin as well. One place for this is the Austin Baha’i Center. There is also a Buddhist temple, somewhere over on the West Side, and the Cathedral of St. Mary.
The movers and shakers have their shrine also. Driskill Hotel is associated with both LBJ and the Bushes.
As for me, I prefer to do my hobnobbing and deal-making in a good coffee house. In Austin, one can’t beat Halcyon.
For those who gather when it’s “too late” to drink coffee or chai, there is the original Austin honky-tonk:
Lambert’s is right across the street from La Condesa, so dinner and a show is easy in downtown Austin! If one still needs dessert, after all this, there’s Lundberg Bakery.
Austin’s architecture does feature a blend of styles and periods, which somehow don’t seem to clash.
There is, as in any great city, a sense of upward striving.
I found that Austin, like Fort Worth, merits not one, but two or three days of exploration and enjoyment. I had much to ponder, while walking up to the Bob Bullock Museum of Texas History.