5 days ago
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The Texas State Capitol is absolutely beautiful. Especially when compared to the office building that poses as Arizona's capitol.
We tried to do a guided tour, but we couldn't hear a word the lady was saying, so we just toured on our own.
This was inside the legislators room--it has an actual name, but I don't know what it is. I'm sure John and Keith are duly appalled right now.
The Vegas style lighting in this room made us feel right at home.
Portraits of each Texas governor line the four stories in the rotunda.
Each door (there are more than 400 of them) has three hinges weighing 4 pounds each.
Everywhere you looked there were beautiful details and intricate woodwork.
This building was originally the Texas Land Department, but is currently the Capitol Visitor's Center.
After leaving the capitol we lunched at the Pita Pit, which is apparently a chain I had never heard of before, but that I would love to visit again. Then to the University Co-op where we loaded up on all things Longhorn. After a brief rest at the dorms, we went out for some Texas Barbeque. The valet at our hotel had recommended Stubb's as his second favorite BBQ in Austin (his first choice was just too far away). It was delicious!
I can't believe how much we managed to fit into this trip. I think we really wore the kids out. I love how Isaac was so tired he fell asleep with a cracker in his hand.
Or it may have been the other way around, since we were pretty exhausted too.