Friday 18th April 2014

After a busy couple of days helping me with the unpacking and sorting out our shipping contents it really is time to get the parents out of the house and neighbourhood and see a bit more of American life. 

So we all drive E into school and show my parents to assembly, after ten minutes of wide eyed silence from them I wonder what these retired traditional English grandparents think of it all, turns out they loved it! The accents, the pledge of allegiance, the Texas song that gets sung just on Friday assemblies, the classroom, the list went on.

Afterwards we decided to get a taxi to downtown Austin and have a walk up South Congress avenue, which leads directly into downtown ending at the State Capitol building...

"This hip strip features an array of eclectic shops, restaurants, boutiques, antiques, music venues and galleries" 
source: austintexas.org/listings/south-congress-ave-soco-/4359/

The sun is coming out, my husband has finished work early and has done his research on a new steakhouse for us to try out, so for the first time we use our new Audi Q7 for the main reason it was purchased for all six of us go out in one car - perfect! 

We arrive at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse WOW such a beautiful location, an interesting history and probably the most informative, helpful server aka waiter I have ever come across. My parents are initially not keen on ordering steak as their experiences in England have not been the best however after another award winning sales pitch by our server four steaks are finally ordered and guess whose plates are clean and finished first?...

We then head to the upstairs balcony to take in the views of Lake Travis, a few selfies later and we head to the downstairs bar and dance floor where a live band had just begun their set....an addictive mix of modern and old classics.....

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