In the Southern States and especially in Texas everything is a bit bigger – streets, cars, food. A cliché that I have to agree. But on our journey through the South, I came to know the country from a completely different.
Two days after arriving in Houston, the grande Fiesta has already started. And the wedding was just perfect. We had about 30 degrees and pure sunshine. Luckily! Because we still had a bike path ahead of us that we had to deal with. At the request of the bride and groom, about 50 guests cycled together with the couple from the church to the first station: the garden of the bride and groom. There was a typical Mexican-American aperitif. We had drinks in this popular red party cups (as you know from the movies), in the middle of the garden was a taco truck where you could get as many tacos as you wanted and of course, a mariachi band gave some music for the best.
After about three hours of food, drink, and music, we swung back to the wheels and it went on to the second and final station. For dinner that took place in the beautiful garden of the aunt of the bride. The evening was fantastic, with enough food, drink, music, and so much good mood – at the end, a jump into the swimming pool, of course including with the dress, was not missing.
The next day, it was time to load up our baggage and leave for New Orleans.
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and even today jazz bands play at corners and bars. Then there’s the famous Mississippi that runs through the city or the most famous and at the same time oldest quarter of the jazz city called French Quarter.
The architecture is a mix of the Spanish and French colonial era and gives the city this dreamy, almost cheesy touch.
New Orleans by Night:
The Farmers Market:
We stayed in an Air BnB on Saint Charles Avenue. The apartment was not only a super-stylish loft apartment but was also in the middle of the city and within walking distance of the French Quarter.
After two nights in New Orleans, we headed back to Houston Texas, where we watched the Houston Rockets basketball game against Utah Jazz. A concentrated load of entertainment and a mood that was absolutely electrifying. Let’s go Rockets, Let’s Go!!!
Next stop: Austin. Personally, I have to say that Austin is one of my favorite cities in Texas. With many cool bars and restaurants, as well as the beautiful outdoor areas and this many places for delicious food trucks, it reminded me a bit of Los Angeles.
Food Trucks in Austin:
Thanks to the tips from some of the locals we met at the wedding in Houston, we stayed in great locations. Such as the Yeti, a mix of outdoor shop and bar or the “Swift Attic“. A very stylish restaurant with many delicious and innovative menu creations.
For a few drinks and lots of music, the 6th Street is just the right address. A street with many bars and clubs. There is definitely something for every taste.
After only one night in Austin, it was time to pack suitcases and continue to San Antonio. The cultural diversity of the city is characterized by Spanish, Mexican and American influences. Everyone who knows San Antonio knows the River Walk. A five-kilometer long river promenade that leads through the city center. Lined with subtropical vegetation, cafes, and boutiques.
In San Antonio, we had dinner in two great restaurants. There’s the Esquire Tavern. A dark and rustic place with very good food, delicious drinks, and great live music.
Photocredit goes to Kody Melton
Photocredit goes to Kody Melton
On the second evening, we descended on “Mi tierra“. I have never seen such a colorful and festively decorated restaurant in my life. Everywhere there is glittering sparkle and Mexican bands create a true „Fiesta Mexicana” style. The food is typical Tex Mex with huge Margaritas.
Before leaving, on our last day, we enjoyed a big breakfast in “La panadería“. As the name implies, there are plenty and diverse bread creations. Although I love traveling in other countries, bread is something that I miss pretty quickly from home. That’s why we had to test this store before we left. And it was worth it. The bread is delicious and comes pretty close to that of us. And we are not the only ones who think about that. At the weekend, people are standing around the building, just to grab some bread creations.
Not only because of the La panadera is it worth to to do a trip to the southern states, but also to get to know the country from another side, away from stereotypes.