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    The best US road trip EVER – Texas and Louisiana

    Where do you even start with a road trip through Texas and Louisiana like ours? 

     15 days, 2 US states, 3 cities, 800 miles of driving + 1 internal flight, a serious amount of Texan Bar-B-Que, a swamp tour on a Louisiana bayou with gators and raccoons, music pouring from doorways, a small red car christened Bonnie (just because we could), 7 hotels (definitely a record for us, we usually like to make a single central base), a goat called Max, lasso lessons, 80s TV shows and as much Iced Tea as we could get away with.

    Texas and Louisiana Best Roadtrip Ever Adventures of a London Kiwi

    People keep asking why we chose Texas and Louisiana for a road trip, and it’s mostly down to fascination and the amazing live music scene in both Austin and New Orleans. There are big festivals in Austin, but not knowing the bands we decided that a trip outside the chaos of tourists flocking there would be the most fun – intentionally out of hurricane season – so we booked our direct return flights to Austin and began planning.

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    Becoming a Cowboy at the Beaumont Ranch, Northern Texas

    Do you ever find yourself having a literal ‘pinch me’ moment? At the end of our fortnight we hit the tarmac, rolling out of the gleaming Dallas city centre – on our way back to Austin to sadly fly home – we headed for one last adventure to round out our Southern America roadtrip.

    We cruised along the long, smooth highways tucked in behind a semi-truck or two (how I preferred to drive whilst in the States that is slowly and smoothly) along dusty highway shoulders that definitely had a tumbleweed or two for decoration.

    Where to stay in Texas Beaumont Ranch Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Where to stay in Texas Beaumont Ranch Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    The longer that I’ve been blogging, the better that I think our travelling choices are getting – and the more fun that the researching
    that we do becomes. However, this revelation flew quite out of the window when totally by chance I discovered that it’s actually possible to stay on a working Texan Ranch as a tourist and set about booking us into an accommodation experience, rather than just another beige hotel.

    But it wasn’t until we turned off Interstate 35 to a teeny tiny little town called Grandview, that the feeling we really were in Texas actually sunk in.

    Where to stay in Texas Beaumont Ranch Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Pulling our scarlet stallion into the Beaumont Ranch driveway I slowed the car, turned to Mr Kiwi, and made him pinch me to check that I wasn’t just dreaming.

    Where to stay in Texas Beaumont Ranch Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    The Beaumont Ranch is a resort complete with spa, but first and foremost it’s a working cattle ranch of 800 beautiful North Texas acres, complete with a herd of Texas longhorns, horses, llamas, and other local wildlife. The ponds have otters and beavers playing in the waters and cheeky dogs gambol along the pond banks. We were even luckier than most because as it was an off-season Sunday we had the entire place to ourselves.

    Where to stay in Texas Beaumont Ranch Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Where to stay in Texas Beaumont Ranch Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Beaumont Ranch sits on the old Chisolm Trail, used in the post-Civil War era to drive cattle overland, from ranches in Texas to Kansas railheads. The 26 unique suites, rooms, guest cabins and homes are housed in a cute ‘Western Town’ reflecting Texas in the 1880’s when cowboys were driving their herds through the land.

    Unfortunately, I left my camera in the US and with it 98% of my photos of our cute-as-pie cabin, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Our cabin surprised us at the level of luxuriousness it contained – an enormous sleigh bed that we sank into with utter pleasure, plush fittings with an intentionally rustic charm and all of the mod-cons that a Wild West Saloon girl could possibly need.

    Where to stay in Texas Beaumont Ranch Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Checking in, we learned how in 1997 Ron and Linda Beaumont opened their dream, a Texas Guest Ranch, to reflect their love of the culture and the land of North Texas. Now the ranch is run by the children, grandchildren and the extended family of Ron and Linda, along with staff members from the local Grandview area ‘that feel like family’. We were treated so kindly by everyone we met along the way.

    Texas Road Trip Where to stay Beaumont Ranch Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Texas Road Trip Where to stay Beaumont Ranch Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Both of us being animal lovers, we were keen to explore the ranch – after a much needed nap obviously – so we embarked on a pre-dinner bimble around the large pond and stables to meet a few of our neighbors.

    Texas Road Trip Where to stay Beaumont Ranch Adventures of a London Kiwi

    This, this is Max.

    Texas Road Trip Where to stay Beaumont Ranch Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Texas Road Trip Where to stay Beaumont Ranch Adventures of a London Kiwi

    This mischievous goat actually thinks he’s a dog, and when the ranch hands realized how miserable he was penned up vs. how happy he was meandering around the farm ‘helping’ [read: hindering] them carrying out chores, they decided to let him roam around freely during the day. 4 years later every night he gets tucked away at twilight with the horses and let out each morning to roam on the range.

    Too cute for words. Also, at this point I was told that Mr Kiwi doesn’t speak Standard Goat, just Pygmy Goat – the things you learn after 8 years of marriage huh? 

    Texas Road Trip Where to stay Beaumont Ranch Adventures of a London Kiwi

    This bony little catten melted our hearts. Chatting with our ropin’ instruction, a proper grizzly cowboy, he cradled the cat in his arms whilst telling us how they kept kitties in the stables as the best method of keeping the rat and mouse population at bay (their urine makes the horse’s hay grow a toxic mould) and that one of their cats had given birth to an intrigue [genuine collective noun] of kittens.

    One lady decided that the kittens wouldn’t have a good life (even though they are working cats, the soft-hearted, big burly stable guys feed them as well) and made off with the whole litter in her car one afternoon. Two weeks later, this emaciated kitten, identical to the litter came striding back over to the barn and ran straight up to her Momma. They think she used her cat GPS [not a genuine technical term] to make her own way home.

    Texas Road Trip Where to stay Beaumont Ranch Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Being rather lazy, for dinner we popped into town to get a few beers and a pizza – and this was the genuine Grandview High Street. Can’t get more Billy the Kid than that.

    Texas Road Trip Where to stay Beaumont Ranch Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Texas Road Trip Where to stay Beaumont Ranch Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Hauling our dinner back to the cabins, we spotted two seats at the end of the pond pier simply calling our names. Watching the sun break over the horizon as we toasted our trip (me with spiked Iced Tea) we had one of those travel ‘moments’ that we will never forget.

    Texas Road Trip Where to stay Beaumont Ranch Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Texas Road Trip Where to stay Beaumont Ranch Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Waking the next morning, we raced out of bed and over to the barns for breakfast, as we had a roping lesson in the calendar, taught by the ranch lifestock manager. Essentially, the cowboys would individually hook a longhorn beast by twirling a loop of good roper over their heads and snaring the cow’s longhorns. I was terrible at it, Mr Kiwi was a heck of a lot better, but it’s mostly because I got the giggles when we gathered an audience in the barn – the horses in their stable boxes, a couple of the cats and Max (the goat) who kept wanting in on the fun.

    Texas Road Trip Where to stay Beaumont Ranch Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Leaving our little home on the range was tough. Really tough, but us cowpoke have to learn to adjust our Stetsons and ride off into the sunset, right?

    Starry night, campfire light, and the coyote calls where the howlin’ winds will. 

    So I ride out to the ol’ sundown. I am just a cowboy, lonesome on the trail.

    Too right, Thin Lizzy.

     

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    US Roadtrip Diary: A serving of Dallas glamour and cowboys

    It really is true. Everything is bigger in Texas, from people’s hair to their pickup trucks.

    Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    If we’re being totally honest we made our way across the northern
    section of the Louisiana/Texas border intent on uncovering a slice of JR
    Ewing’s family home city – for you younguns, Dallas was an 80’s TV
    show that even I was too young to watch, charting the wheelings and
    dirty dealings of a mega rich oil family in the world’s first uber soap.

    So, it was totally surreal to somehow find ourselves in our little car
    nimbly dodging school buses and the aforementioned pickup trucks, and
    scooting along the late afternoon traffic that cruised ALONG INTERSTATE-20 INTO THE GLEAMING TOWERS OF DALLAS CITY PROPER. Sorry for the caps, but we just got so darn excited. It’s just a shame we weren’t in the Ewing family chopper…



     
    Ridiculous, no? I still adore JR’s quote “Once you get rid of integrity, the rest is a piece of cake.”

    Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Sue Ellen would have approved of our first stop – after dropping the car and our luggage off at our motel (a proper film-style roadside one with parking outside the room window and a surprisingly comfortable set of two Queen-sized beds) I calculated the best side of the city for a sunset cocktail, and we taxied our way over for a proper sun downer.

    Infinity pool + NZ wine + Dallas skyline at sunset. #swoon (and well deserved after navigating our way here from Louisiana and through Downtown traffic!) . . . #Dallas #Texas #nofilter #sunset #luxury #delicious #pastel #luxuryhotel #travelblogger #wineoclock #infinitypool #fun #texasmade #mytravelgram #DallasTX #mytinyatlas #thehappynow #flashesofdelight #TravelwithFathom #fathominstatrip #flashesofdelight #abmtravelbug #cntraveler #reflections #wine #reward #happyplace

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    Following our cab driver’s advice, we followed the music towards an enormous restaurant called The Rustic where we sampled an array of craft beers whilst waiting for their live country music band and discovered the gigantic portions of true Texas hospitality. Ordering a snack, we were incredulous to discover a vat of onion dip and a giganto-family bag sized bowl of crisps which ruined our plans to try their burger.

    Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Chatting with our waitress, she absolutely made our day by then bringing over a slice of the worlds biggest Texas-sized peanut butter and chocolate chiffon pie as a ‘Welcome To Dallas’ gift which stole our ever lovin’ honky-tonk hearts.

    Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Sadly we only had one full day to explore the city, so early the next morning we arose with brunch plans on our minds.

    Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Well, actually, unbelievably it was Mr Kiwi who suggested
    that we brunch, and he fancied Cindi’s, a New York style Deli full of locals all catching up with their mates of a Saturday morning. Even the menu was enormous (modeled so beautifully by my un-manicured hands…)

    Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    It. Was. Good. 

    No muss, no fuss and an everlasting pot of hot coffee that kept topping up our generous mugs.

     Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Now, there is much controversy (or kohn-tro-ver-say however you want to say it) about “suffering” Instagram husbands who have to go on fabulous, exotic holidays with their partners, try delicious cuisines and learn to action flatlay in return for the long hours that their wives spend in front of a computer leaving them in peace, so for the sake of a happy husband (ok, and my own curiosity) we made our way to Dealey Plaza, the infamous site where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963.

     Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    To say that the morning we spent around the grassy knoll was surreal is an understatement.

      Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    An understatement. Elected in 1960 as the 35th president of the United States, 43-year-old
    John F. Kennedy became the youngest man to
    hold that office. Born into one of America’s wealthiest families
    and parlayed an elite education and a reputation as a military hero into
    a successful run for Congress in 1946 and for the Senate in 1952. As
    president, Kennedy confronted mounting Cold War tensions in Cuba,
    Vietnam and elsewhere. His tenure wasn’t trouble-free but his assassination during a tour of the Southern States elevated him to a larger-than-life heroic figure.

    Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    (Side thought: I’m not the average travel blogger am I?)

    The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza was absolutely fascinating. Documenting the social history. personal relationships and a second by second play of Lee Harvey Oswald’s actions as he lined his gun up from the Texas School Book Depository sixth floor window, just as the President’s well advertised cavalcade swept around the corner. The rest as they say is history (shrouded in conspiracy) centered on a grassy knoll, with ‘x’ marking the spot in the middle of the busy road, annoying the locals who have to dodge excited tourists walking into the street.

    Dallas Glamour Texas Road Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    To somewhat lighten the mood up, we also had an afternoon coffee date lined up to meet the gorgeous Olya (The Siberian American) and her lovely boyfriend. Three hours later and a brilliant amount of advice later, we ran a few errands before moseying back to The Rustic to finally try their amazing burgers (and the delighted smile of our waitress the night before!)

    Oh, and we answered the question of whether Texan men really do wear their Stetsons with pride. They do. And they wear them on dates. Oh, America.

    (For more installments of our Louisiana road trip adventures click here.)

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    9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas

    Every time that someone hears we visited Austin on our epic road trip, they immediately say “Austin? Texas? Why’d you go there?” Well, we were lured there by a Stetson clad Pied Piper – we booked for the rich music culture, the curiosity of exploring the LoneStar state and some of the best BBQ in the world – or so we were told.

    9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    The tagline adopted by the capital city of Texas is a curious one. Found on T-shirts, posters and marketers, “Keep Austin Weird” and we can definitely confirm that in between the downtown skyscrapers and government buildings, a vibrant and bohemian community thrives.

    We spent around 3 days in the Texan capital, more than enough to shake off our jetlag and sneak in a few mini-adventures before we flew to New Orleans to begin the roadtrip properly. We have a couple of regrets – not being around to see the 1.5 million bats come out at sunset from the infamous ‘bat bridge’ (though see Emma Inks’ Video here to give you an idea) and not being able to visit Jacob’s Well or San Antonio – we simply ran out of time thanks to a couple of late nights in 6 Street – but truth be told we would do everything again just the same with an extra day.

    9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We stopped by Hal’s, a genuine blue-plate special diner from the 60’s strewn with football memorabilia, sipped raspberry white chocolate mochas in modern cafes with ‘no guns allowed inside’ beautifully transferred onto gleaming glass walls, made friends with a few locals, finally caught up with a Texan friend who has a British addiction almost as as deep as mine, learnt the difference between US and UK lemonade in bars where live blues played, admired the deep porches of the Southern style homes and marvelled at the fantastic accents around us. But, there were a few favourite memories we made as we explored.

    1. Made ourselves at home in quirky accommodation.
    Not really wanting to stay in the central business district in gleaming skyscrapers that are found in every decently sized city, we wanted to make our temporary home somewhere with a little more local flavour. Falling in love with an AirBNB cabin full of character (much like Jennifer the sweet, sweet owner) we loved our compact little home. Stocked with everything you could possibly need, we were in the middle of a residential neighborhood, just one with Cactuses (Cacti?) marking out the corners of intersections. Our first night we wandered to a local pub to watch the Baseball World Series and were adopted by a local social club who wouldn’t stop offering to buy us drinks (which we politely declined and then felt awkward about before succumbing to jetlag) and a fantastic, properly authentic Mexican restaurant which we made our our base for breakfast tacos. Yup. Breakfast tacos.

    9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Our immediate neighbours were Milly and Shia, goats who hung out and acted as security whilst we wandered around downtown Austin (one afternoon even getting caught in a rainstorm to the confusion of the locals who often suffer droughts, one of the reason cowboys need their stetsons – as a water receptacle). This is also the place where I discovered that my husband apparently can speak conversant Pygmy Goat. Colour me surprised!

    9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    2. Grooved to the music pouring from 6th Street bars.
    This is simply mandatory. Lynyrd Skynyrd is played as often as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Monday nights are
    busier that Piccadilly Circus on a Friday – wandering along on a Sunday night feels
    like a rave and ginormous pizza slices are nibbled by everyone. We
    wandered into bars drawn to the amazing music and stayed for the chatty
    bar staff.

    Visit Antone's Blues Bar - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi 6th Street bar hopping - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    3. Ate all the Bar-B-Q.
    We were told by every friend, guidebook and article that Texan Barbeque isn’t to be beaten, and they were absolutely 100% correct. We tried a few places, but found ourselves with two favorites – one of which was indisputably the quirkiest. Rudy’s is a small chain of restaurants that are only found attached to gas stations and each store proudly states that Rudy’s is (wildly inaccurately) the worst Bar-B-Q in Texas. It is certainly a local favourite and we were lucky enough to be taken there by the lovely Tammy. Served in plastic (lined) crates and eaten with your hands, it really was fingerlicking good – I still dream of the tender meat (sold hot and by the pound) slathered with Bar-B-Q sauce and creamed sweetcorn served with thick white bread slices and .

    Texan Bar-B-Q Rudy's - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi Texan Bar-B-Q Rudy's - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We didn’t make it to the infamous Fredericks where the queues are legendary (and the only man allowed to skip to the front was President Obama – when two excited fans offered Kanye their spot, he was then kicked to the back of the line by the owner) but we did take the advice of our cab driver and visited Stubbs. Found a stone’s throw away from the music of West 6th Street and a music venue within it’s own right, Stubbs Bar-B-Q was AMAZING. The iced tea style cocktails were banging, the juicy pork ribs simply melted off the bone and finishing the Serrano cheese spinach side almost caused us to divorce.

     Texan Bar-B-Q Rudy's - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    4. Snuggle with local kitty residents.
    I swear to the powers that be, I didn’t realise how close our cabin was to the Austin Blue Cat Cafe, but for the duration of our stay we were using the adoption centre as a point of navigation. Looking after up to 20 cats at a time, all but one are available for adopting by families who come into the cafe for an experience far cuter than usual. We popped in just after opening one morning and have never met such friendly little felines. Crawling in our laps, butting our chins with their purring and winding around our legs, they didn’t leave Mr Kiwi and I alone. We popped back in another time with Tammy and had less attention due to the cafe being much busier but it was still adorable.

    Blue Cat Cafe - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Blue Cat Cafe - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    “I never get this much cat attention at home. Ooooooh, look another one up there!”

    5. Visiting the State Capitol Building.
    We rocked up for one of the fascinating free tours that cover the history of the State and the building, happening to catch a special ceremony where Texan families who had held land for more than 3 generations were celebrated. They came in out of the rain – gents dressed in Stetsons, skinny ties and cowboy boots, ladies in print dresses – and I lost my heart to their hospitable behaviour, one such gentleman taking off and cradling his hat to greet the wife of a long-unseen friend #swoon. The State Capitol Building is a magnificent edifice with more proudly brandished references to the five-pointed star than we could imagine.

    Texas State Capitol Building - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Texas State Capitol Building - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    6. Taking a guided tour of the Texas Governor’s Mansion.
    Led by Pancake, the Governor’s Mansion Golden Retriever (and his qualified co-guide, this specific one who was a volunteer who loathed questions much to our amusement) we explored the beautiful ground floor of this historic home. Built in 1854 (designed by prominent architect Abner Cook) it has been the home of every governor since 1856 – including former President George W. Bush and his family. It is a beautiful home (recently refurbished due to fire damage) with long Greek columns and beautiful furniture in each of the rooms including a fascinating case of memoir items from each incumbent left as they finish their term in office over the road at the State Capitol.

    Texas Governor's Mansion Tour - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    7. Enjoyed a little avant-garde fun.
    Blessed with a bohemian vibe, one night we found ourselves seated in a theatre, watching
    Sh*tfaced Shakespeare as actors (one of whom was drunk) performed a
    capsule version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an afternoon eating voodoo doll shaped donuts (complete with pretzel stick ‘needle’ sticking in the doll), watched as people dressed in Sailor Moon costumes won a pub crawl, tested as many locally brewed beers as possible and searched out the feline owner of a music store – a languid black cat called Jeffrey.

    Keep Austin Weird - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    8. Explored Cabela’s.
    Cabela’s isn’t just some store, it’s more of an institution with serious shades of Disney. Truly Texas-sized (read: ginormous) it is a specialty retailer of hunting, fishing, boating, camping, shooting, and related outdoor stuff. But wait, that’s not all – the stores (variously) feature enormous displays of taxidermy animals both domestic and international, aquariums full of live creatures, laser shooting ranges and firearm ranges that will make the hair stand up on the back of your arms.

    Keep Austin Weird  Cabela's - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Keep Austin Weird  Cabela's - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    9. Visit the unique Cathedral of Junk.
    The day that we met Tammy, not only was she kind enough to extend us some of that famous Southern hospitality (and share a Rudy’s feast with us), but with a quick google after our visit to Cabela’s we discovered the Cathedral of Junk in a suburban neighborhood. Dubbed a “yardist” by the local art community, the owner and creator Vince Hannemann started his backyard creation in 1988 assembling all kinds of cast-offs into a Cathedral to quirkiness.

    Cathedral of Junk - Keep Austin Weird - 9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We loved our time in Austin – it was both a fitting start and end to our crazy Southern America roadtrip (and British Airways have just started to fly there direct from London!)

    Things to do in Austin, Texas - Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Have you ever thought to visit the live music capital of the world? How about now?

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    Austin, Texas: the city where music pours from doorways

    2 US states, 3 cities, 800 miles of driving + 1 internal flight, a
    serious amount of Texan BBQ, a swamp tour on a Louisiana bayou with
    gators and raccoons, music pouring from doorways, a small red car
    christened Bonnie (just because we could), 7 hotels (definitely a record
    for us, we like to make a single central base) and a few gallons of craft ale. That was our two week roadtrip through Texas and Louisiana.

    Austin Texas Live Music Capital of the World Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Drawn in by lure of classic blues, we began in the city where guitar players wander off the stage and into the road, the pavements where students snapchat alongside families and blocks upon blocks of bars showcase local talent. Austin, Texas, the self-proclaimed ‘live music capital of the world’.

    Death metal with screaming soloists, big band blues with grooving horn players who feel the rythym through their whole being, classical guitarists who sit in a spotlit room playing their hearts. Groups wandering through the streets improvising a groove on a plastic bucket, guitar soloists who hand their instrument over to a grinning member of the crowd before wandering back on stage to finish his cigarette and ripping out Jimi Hendrix gold.

    This is Austin.

    Austin Texas Live Music Capital of the World Adventures of a London Kiwi

    This is the Austin we found. This is the Austin we had hoped for.

     Austin Texas Live Music Capital of the World Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Architecturally it’s a very industrial city, combining and an unusual mix of gleaming skyscrapers trying to keep up with demand, extensive green parks and further out suburban family homes that keep pygmy goats the tethered in the yard.

     Austin Texas Live Music Capital of the World Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Evenings are when the city begins to jive, no matter the weather. 6th Street is the best know
    for a stretch of bars that spill out into the cordoned off roads (to
    keep bar hopping drinkers safe) but there seemed to be music on every
    single corner not to mention in the perpendicular roads.

    Austin Texas Live Music Capital of the World Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Austin Texas Live Music Capital of the World Adventures of a London Kiwi

    And it wasn’t even the time of Austin City Limits or South by SouthWest, the big music festivals that put this city on the international music map.

    Skynyrd is played as often as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Monday nights are busier that Picadilly Circus – wandering along on a Sunday night feels like a rave and ginormous pizza slices are nibbled by everyone. We wandered into bars drawn to the amazing music and stayed for the chatty bar staff.

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    And this was only just the beginning…

     Austin Texas Live Music Capital of the World Adventures of a London Kiwi

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