Walking Our Neighborhood in Frankfurt, Germany

One of the things that we did just before moving back to Colorado from Frankfurt was to take our normal walk through the neighborhood and take photographs. For the most part, we took them so that we would have them to remember our time there and the places that we visited frequently. They obviously aren’t the typical tourist type of pictures, but it might give you a sense of what it is like there. Our apartment was located between the university and the old opera house and we walked these streets every day as we didn’t have a car and used public transportation to get around. We got used to going to different stores with apartments above them for dry goods, meat, produce, bread, and of course the pharmacy. So, join us as we walk from our apartment building towards Altstadt in Frankfurt.

Our Apartment Building
View from the Front of the Apartment Building
The Penny Store (Dry Goods and Groceries) Across the Street from Our Apartment Building
Our Butcher
The Pharmacy on the Corner Across from Our Apartment
Offices and Apartments as We Walk Down the Street
Almost to the Opera House
Park for Everyone in the Neighborhood
Walking Around the Old Opera House
View as You Get to the Front of the Old Opera House
Subway Station Surrounded by Stores and Apartments
Main Street
Old Town Up Ahead (and Time for a Beer)

Austin, Texas – Music, Food, and Fun

Capital Building

We had the opportunity to visit Austin, Texas, and enjoyed the opportunity to have some good barbeque, country-western music, and wonderful hospitality. Congress Street in downtown Austin has a variety of restaurants, shops, and music venues, which makes it the perfect place to stroll. Austin is the capital of Texas and the tourist section of Congress Street starts or ends there depending upon how you look at it. At the opposite end of Congress Street from the capital is the Congress Bridge, which will take you across Lady Bird Lake, which is a river-like reservoir on the Colorado River in Austin. There is a nice park and walking paths to enjoy.

Walking Congress Street

Line for Barbeque in the Red River District

Mix of Architecture in Downtown Austin

St Elias Church

Vietnam Memorial on the Capital Grounds

We only had one day downtown as we were there for a work trip, so we made the most of our time walking the streets of downtown. We started our day in the Red River District and made sure to get some beef brisket before heading towards the capital, which seems to be the most photographed image of Austin. The grounds of the capital are quite beautiful with several statues and you can even take a tour of the governor’s mansion depending upon when you visit. After walking in the Texas heat for a while, we decided to stop in The Driskill Bar and Grill, which is located in the historic hotel. The inside of the hotel is quite beautiful and it was an elegant place to sit and relax before continuing to enjoy downtown Austin.

Historic Driskill Building

Walking the Red River District

Lobby of the Driskill Hotel

Walking Path in the Red River District

Moonshine Tavern

We couldn’t leave Austin without listening to some country-western music and oddly enough we found an Irish pub with a live band that met our needs perfectly. It was almost a family affair as different members of the band joined at different times, so the music was constantly changing. It was quite a lively atmosphere and we enjoyed it very much. Afterwards we continued to walk around downtown Austin looking at the varying architecture, which is a mixture of historic and modern buildings sitting side by side.

Enjoying the Music

Rooftop Bar in Downtown Austin

Historic Building

Downtown Architecture

After having some seafood for dinner, we made our way back to our hotel. We definitely enjoyed our time in Austin and are looking forward to visiting again in the near future. There is more to see than what we were able to do in such a short period of time, but what we did see left us wanting to see more.

Convention Center Grounds

Street Art

Downtown Skyscraper

Texas Peace Officer Memorial at the Capital

Another View of the Capital