Sunday afternoon My daughter Beth and her dh Gary drove with me to Austin to visit my brother there. We chose that time carefully to avoid what we could of the very daunting traffic. The great little East Side Café was our choice for a late lunch. I had their enchiladas followed by Chocolate silk pie. I enjoyed that dessert there some 20 years back and it made a lasting impression.
A night view taken by my brother at a different time gives some idea of downtown Austin.
Yet right in the heart are lakes and bike paths and wide green swaths as the city is bisected by the Colorado river and blessed with the creeks that feed into it.
Our destination was a recently erected artwork by a renowned Chinese artist.
Below is a photo of the Al WeiWei installation "Forever Bicycles"
On the way to see this, we drove through an area with beautiful old homes reminding me of New Orleans. Huge and ancient oak trees, lovely pocket gardens, and carefully kept grounds show the importance these few remaining blocks have within the modern city. I would love to be able to paint there!
My brother has a friend who lives down this path as the land slopes toward the creek. What a sweet place to be!
And this shot is my brother's dear home, in a pocket of similar ones close to downtown. e