For a little more than a year now, Austin is lucky to have a bar specialized in Belgian beer: Mort Subite. Not only do I love this place, but I liked their simple, but cute Christmas tree, so here it is!
Today we’re going to Mozart’s Coffee Roasters. This is a well-known coffee shop near Lake Austin.
The place is a really nice place. You can seat outside by the lake, and enjoy a drink, and in December, they cover the place with Christmas lights. It is a must-see at Christmas time… and a very nice coffee shop to stop by anytime.
Here are the pictures I took of the decorations this year. The video in not mine, and was taken on YouTube.
Today we’re going to the brand new “Christmas show” at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin. Circuit Of The Americas, or COTA, is primarily a Formula 1 circuit but is also hosting other events. Just a few weeks ago, they announced a brand new show: Winter Wonderland.
I decided to go despite the $16 ticket, mostly because I am rarely disappointed by Christmas shows. Well I was this time.
I was wondering whether to post about it or not, and I decided to do so because 1) it has been widely publicized, and I think it’s important that people know what they are paying for, and 2) there were a few nice things that I’m also sharing below.
One problem, I think, is that this is a huge venue, and it seems they tried to cover the whole circuit, which resulted in an impression of not so much to see, instead of keeping everything in one narrower area.
For example, making people walk around the circuit with decorations every 60 feet or so seemed a bit cheap. Here’s a panoramic picture of what I am talking about. Click on it to enlarge and then to zoom in. It’s not great quality – it was dark – but it will give you an idea of what I was talking about.
There were other things to see, of course, such as trees covered with lights, and a big wheel (although quite small for Texas), but mostly, the singing Christmas trees were the most original and the camel rides (not included in the price of a ticket). Other attractions also required an extra.
I completely understand that this has a cost, and the tickets are paying for it, but it seems that the attractions would have been better if kept on a smaller area of the circuit. There’s an expression for that in French, whose English translation isn’t as good as the French one for this particular case: “Qui trop embrasse mal etreint” (Jack of all trades master of none).
Here are a few things I liked. And a video of the singing Christmas trees. Ok, I liked those :)
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Today, we’re going downtown Austin for the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll… and lighting of the tree in front of the gardens of the state Capitol.
Don’t miss the videos at the end to hear the Christmas songs, and to see the lighting of the tree!
Today I am sharing a simple photo taken in a store. It might appear weird, since these are basically Christmas decorations for sale, but I thought this was really beautifully presented.
This was taken in a Lowe’s in Austin.
A few years ago, I created the first Advent Calendar for this blog when I was in New York City, sharing one Christmas-themed picture each day of the Advent. As I explained last year, in memory of the Advent calendars of my childhood, I wanted to do it again with Austin. There are plenty of events in and around Austin, and I would like to share a few with you.
Today, we’re starting with the Christmas tree in Zilker Park.
This year is the 51st anniversary of the Zilker park tree.
According to the city of Austin’s website:
The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs – totaling 3,309 lights. At the top of the tree, a double star measures 10 feet from point to point. The double star displays 150 frosted bulbs. This unique spiral pattern of lights was created by City of Austin electricians. At its circumference, the tree measures 380 feet. The diameter is 120 feet. The base of the tree is made up of 19 utility poles, each 14 feet tall, arranged in a circle around the Moonlight Tower. On December 10, 1967, the first tree was lighted by Mayor Pro Tem Mrs. Emma Long. In subsequent years this honor has been awarded to the young winner of a city-wide tree art contest.
I’m trying yet another comeback; hopefully this one will be successful ;)
In the past three years, things have been pretty crazy for me, good and bad crazy. The good things that happened the past three years are still here…
…but some of the bad things, which used to be good but had really turned sour, had to be let go.
I know this is quite cryptic, but this is all I’m ready to share here, at least for now. This is not what this blog is about. This blog is about sharing the great things about living in the United States and in Texas, so I’ll go back to that instead.
Due to the circumstances described above, I did not have the heart to finish the Advent calendar I had started last year. I am starting a new one this year, and let me tell you, there are some amazing things to do this season in Austin and Central Texas. So hopefully some of you will still be here and interested in looking at what I want to share with you.
Thank you all for your patience and for stopping by!
Last Thursday, March 2, marked the 181st birthday of Texas. On March 2, 1836, Texas became a republic:
On March 1 delegates from the seventeen Mexican municipalities of Texas and the settlement of Pecan Point met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to consider independence from Mexico. George C. Childress presented a resolution calling for independence, and the chairman of the convention appointed Childress to head a committee of five to draft a declaration of independence. In the early morning hours of March 2, the convention voted unanimously to accept the resolution. After fifty-eight members signed the document, Texas became the Republic of Texas. The change remained to be demonstrated to Mexico.
The day was a gorgeous day. It started on my way to work with a gorgeous sunrise—one of the several reasons why I like leaving for work early, the other two being beating traffic and being more productive.
I also had to be in Austin early that day because I was attending a House committee hearing. The Texas Legislature is in session this year and it makes traffic downtown, both by car and on foot quite chaotic some days.
A funny thing happened on my way to Austin. I was on Enfied Rd, getting closer to 15th St, and I was trying to find a radio station that played music (and not a radio host babbling about the latest People Mag survey or any other subject with little importance). Then I heard the first notes of a familiar song… yet my brain needed a second to process the information: I was driving to work in Austin, Texas, USA, and, yes, this was Sylvie Vartan’s “La plus belle pour aller danser” that was playing on the radio as I arrived on top of the hill with the gorgeous view to the Texas Capitol which is the corner of Enfield Rd and 15th St.
To file in #KeepAustinWeird
The day was a beautiful one and went its course with people wishing themselves a Happy Texas Independence Day. Texans are very proud of their heritage and their state, and for good reason.
I went home in the evening and stopped for some barbecue at my favorite BBQ joint, It’s All Good BBQ. I also had the pleasure of witnessing the sun setting on the 181st birthday of the Lone Star State the only way it could set in the great state of Texas, with grandeur and a bit of drama.
Did I mention I love living in Lone Star State? Happy belated birthday, Texas!