Saturday, August 7, 2010

Last Chance At Freedom

School is going to start soon, not that we talk about it in our house. But since we know it is coming we decided to take one last trip and we went to Austin, Texas. We have been there plenty of times but this time we were going to do something we hadn't done before and eat at one of Austin's cool restaurants.

We went to Esther's Follies, which is a comedy show with some added magic. It was very funny. There were some skits where I laughed so hard that I had tears. I would recommend it, but it is not suitable for children. I didn't care for some parts, but there were more funny than not. We both had trouble sleeping that night. We figured it had to do with over stimulation of humor from Esther's Follies!

We also went to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. It was a great experience. We ended up staying there about 4 hours! There was so much to see on the three floors, including an IMAX, two other theaters, and a cafe.

There is a huge star that greets all visitors.

star floor level

The museum is named for Bob Bullock, who was the Lieutenant Governor of Texas during the terms of Governors Ann Richards and George W. Bush.

Bob Bullock

Inside the museum was the original statue, the Goddess of Liberty, that adorned the state capitol dome from the 1880's until the 1980's. It was starting to show its age due to the zinc material it was made of. The new duplicate Goddess of Liberty is made of aluminum. (Had to get her back as she is not a pretty lady!)

goddess of liberty and texas neon

Being the TEXAS history museum there are, of course, Texas things all over the place.

The carpet.

texas carpet

The tables in the cafe.

texas table

And definitely in the exhibits.

texas cutout

The restaurant we chose was the Magnolia Cafe.

magnolia cafe

The menu was so varied that is was hard to choose. I made sure to at least try their famous gingerbread pancakes and I was not disappointed. They were wonderful! The Magnolia Cafe is cool because they didn't keep that wonderful recipe to themselves. They shared it with the Food Network! Get the recipe here.

All in all we had a good time and hope that it will hold our travel bug in check for awhile.