are the voices in your head calling, gloria?

A couple weekends ago, on another hot afternoon, we decided to hit up the Austin Museum of Art Laguna Gloria. We had visited the downtown AMOA back in June where they have a Herman Miller exhibit. This museum, situated in the west hills right on the lake, has more of an outdoor appeal. The museum itself has very few pieces of art – it’s more about the 1916 Italian-style villa on the property and the nature walk along the water. It was stunning. Naturally, they host a lot of weddings.

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

We walked along the path until we couldn’t stand the heat anymore.

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

AMOA Laguna Gloria

This will be a great place to bring visitors, but I think we’ll do it in the fall or spring. Summer is just too brutal.

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “Gloria” by Laura Branigan

chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin’ out over the line

Bikes, bikes and more bikes. There are a lot of bikes in Austin. A lot of people ride around town (so I’ve learned to look a little more carefully when driving.) We don’t have bikes (yet), but wanted to check out Lance Armstrong’s bike shop—Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop—after reading about it. It has a coffee shop and tons of bikes and accessories. You can get your bike fitted and get instructions from bike experts. It’s a pretty cool place.

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There’s some street art outside of it, like on almost every building in downtown Austin.

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Then we walked by the postcard mural of “Greetings from Austin TX” that is painted on the side of Roadside Relics—a shop that sells neon signs.

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This weekend was the Republic of Texas Biker Rally which brought a TON of bikers to the city. We were walking around downtown and noticed the bikes were all lined up on 6th street, the owners of which were undoubtedly hanging out in the bars trying to stay cool. Or they were driving around the block blaring their music and revving their engines. It was quite loud.

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Something else that’s really loud? These darn black birds that are ALL OVER Austin. I think they’re called Cracklers. They have a really shrill squawk. They’re harmless, but they’re EVERYWHERE. They fly low right at your head so you feel like you have to duck when they come close. And they fly right at your windshield. Crazy birds. With crazy beady eyes.

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*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “Born To Run” by Bruce Springsteen

we were living in the sweet part of the city

During my first official weekend spent in Austin, we decided to do some sightseeing around town. We first hit up 6th street, which is known for it’s funky bars and shops.

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

There’s an area off of a side street that has a lot of street art, so we stopped to take some pictures.

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

I think these “Obey” signs are by Shepard Fairey.

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

We drove up to the capital and then walked around the campus for a bit.

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

It was a hot day (and it was only April). See the rest of my pictures on Flickr.

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “The Sweet Part of the City” by The Hold Steady