I love old things- buildings, architecture, furniture. You name it.
I was excited to explore some of the history of Austin on our Groupon Getaways several weeks ago. The Capital did not disappoint.
It was grand and it was so fun seeing it through my kids eyes. They had so many questions. My husband and I were born and raised in Texas and even though we spent the first ten years of our marriage in other states, we got back here as fast as we could.
This was the view standing in the center of the room and looking up. Spectacular.
The grand building took six years to build and completed in 1888. It cost $3 million dollars way back then. And that star in the picture above? It’s 8 feet in diameter.
We spent a lot of time exploring the old building, the basement, antique staircases and unlocked doors. We probably broke some trespassing laws. Oops. My girls took my phone and did a spontaneous photo shoot.
They are so shy and timid. It’s funny because when I tried to get a great shot of my children on these epic courthouse stairs, this is what I got.
After we finished our mostly legal exploring, we rolled down the great green hill in the front of the state building. And by “we” I mean my husband and two of my kids. My teenager and I are way too cool for that. We ended the day at Magnolia Cafe and ate our weight in gingerbread pancakes.
We headed back to the Omni Barton Resort and spent the last few hours of our getaway at the beautiful pool. It was a great, relaxing weekend away. Thank you, Groupon!