Austin and Beyond

And we meet again, mes amis! I seem to be unable to manage more frequent posts at the moment, but I have no doubt that you all are finding plenty of ways to fill your time. For those of you who are paralyzed in front of your computer, frantically refreshing your inbox in hopes of a new post from me, I do apologize.

I mentioned last time that Mark and I spent a week in Isla Mujeres, Mexico in April. We go to Mexico frequently because it’s an easy direct flight from Houston, and because when we go we tend to look like this the whole time.


We so happy!

Here are a few more shots of Isla, a Mexican beauty.



I love the little shrine on the outside of this house.


Although we haven’t yet had much time to relax and enjoy our return to Austin, we did have a fun weekend downtown during Mark’s 30th law school reunion. We stayed at a beautiful new Kimpton hotel named the Van Zandt, after the late Texas musician Townes Van Zandt. If you know only one of his songs, it’s probably “Pancho and Lefty”, which became a hit for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in 1983. The music theme is reflected throughout the hotel, from the light fixtures to the nightly performers in the hotel’s sleek restaurant, Geraldine’s.





love this floor


Our eighth floor corner room was a perfect blend of comfort, luxury, and view.




Out the window


Tub with a view.

This happened Sunday morning.



I do love a good garnish.

If you want to treat yo-self in downtown Austin, the new Hotel Van Zandt is a pretty nice way to do it.

The weekend offered only one window of nice weather, and happily it was Friday night, which we spent on the gorgeous lawn of the Four Seasons Hotel, eating Mexican food and dancing to Bob Schneider. If you don’t know Bob, you should.


I love you, Bob!

The Four Seasons bar is one of my favorite downtown spots for a cocktail on a summer evening. The hotel also has some of the best potted plants around.


Just so you know, we don’t always stay in fancy hotels. We spent a night here recently and loved it.


Well, we loved it until the thunder and lightning and rain hit about 3:00 in the morning. After that we didn’t like it so much and we left early – without any bloody marys or fancy French toast or even a shower. Some days are like that.

So that’s a glimpse of whats been happening around these parts. This time last year I took a beautiful walk in Parc Monceau. It seems like yesterday.



See you soon, my friends!


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4 responses to “Austin and Beyond

  1. Ron Palmer


  2. Julie

    Hotel Van Zandt looks so awesome! Caroline is having her bachelorette weekend there in June. Now that I’ve seen your pics I know she and the “rettes”😀 will love it

  3. Gretchen Ruddy

    where do you stay in Isla Mujeres, Mexico? Sorry I’ve asked before, but cannot find the answer!

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