Thursday, April 7, 2011

Diane's Visit

Here's a few pictures from Diane's visit this week. I am going to split this over my two different blogs, just to be annoying ;-) Look for the Air Race and our forthcoming Road Trip over on the action and adventure side of things at Meanwhile, the more gentle pursuits of animals and culture will be sprinkled here.

First up was a visit to the LBJ Museum. Here's Diane in front of the sign. Everyone takes this picture!

Inside, we have exhibitions of American history during the time of LBJ's Presidency, and exhibits about his family and life. This is a very poor representation of Michael O'Brien's portrait of LBJ's family, but I absolutely adore this photograph. Everything about it is fabulous. Everyone in the picture looks really happy, down to the youngest baby. It's hard to explain, but it makes me choke up every time I see it. They don't have any copies for sale, or I'd buy one.

On Tuesday we visited the town of Wimberley, where we had a lovely time wandering around all the arty crafty shops there. Don't go on a Tuesday though, a lot of them are shut! However, enough were open to keep us entertained. Lots of them had cats wandering in and out, demanding attention. All the shopkeepers greeted us with comments about how nice the weather was, and they weren't wrong; it was gorgeous. We had lunch at Ino'z Brew and Chew whose food was OK, but sitting outside on the decking by the river was beautiful.

Below is a wireframe aeroplane that sits outside a cluster of (closed on Tuesdays) shops.

Yesterday we went to the Alamo Drafthouse cinema, always a good move. They take out every second row of chairs in the theatre and replace them with bench tables, and serve food and beer through the movie. It is very civilized. We saw 'Paul' which was great; very funny.

Then on the way home, we dropped into the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, as Diane wanted to see what it was. I had no idea what was in there - it is one of those places I've driven past a thousand times and though 'One day I must visit'. So this was the day, and inside we found it to be a display of a collective of Austin artists who specialise in rock concert posters. The artwork was really excellent, and our enthusiastic artist guide, Henry Gonzales, was kind enough to give us a couple of posters each to take home.

This is Diane posing in front of the mural and art cars at the back of the museum:

So, onwards... Watch this space!

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