I've been keeping my 100-mile weekly ride mileage in check with the help of my weekend groups, but also roaming the riverfront and neighborhoods of Austin by foot. I'm now actively working on my "Austin list" as the weeks are flying by and I have a variety of museums, food spots, and natural wonders to explore. This past week I had two entertaining events --- a performance of Aladdin starring a favorite 7 year old of mine, and a celebration of jazz month with The Jazz Daddies in a splendid setting.
Last weekend included an afternoon at the French Legation Museum where I enjoyed the lovely 2.5 acre grounds for hours. The historic house is Creole cottage style and was built in 1840 by Alphonse Dubois to serve as the French Legation to the Republic of Texas. It's now the oldest framed structure in Austin, and since Dubois was determined to live in style, the floors are European hardwood, the mantels are Italian marble, and the wallpaper from France. I enjoyed the tour as Dubois was quite a scoundrel his entire life, and the guide had some wonderful stories to tell.
Next update in a couple of weeks as I visit San Antonio for the very first time.