“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign” – Robert Louis Stevenson

What can I say about Austin? It is the cultural centre of Texas and is alive with vibrant entertainment and colourful cuisine. There is live music somewhere in this city every night of the week and trailer food is abundant. The Colorado River and Zilker Botanical Garden is popular with morning runners and a great place to relax. 6th street can probably cater for most tastes. It has a range of posh restaurants to the west, is slightly rowdier in the middle, and mellower and more hipster to the east. South of the river lies South Congress (or SoCo) where one can find lots of funky shops, restaurants and bars along South Congress Avenue. We tried out the nachos at Guero’s Taco Bar and they were delish!

The stunning Texas State Capitol is definitely worth a visit. Finished in 1888 and built out of sunset red granite, it stands proud watching over the city. They even offer free tours that give a great insight into the history of the building and the really cool new modern extension built underground.

Random fact: Austin is the founding city of Whole Foods. The amazing natural grocery store that can now be found all over the US. If you haven’t been to one, you must go. I assure you that even if you’re not an organic food loving hippie, you will love it! (A strange thing to say about a grocery store but it’s true!)

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