a day in austin before the festival
We opted to spend some time in Austin yesterday before getting out to the festival. Lots of bands we wanted to see but we have seen so many of them that getting out there later just seemed like the better thing to do. Fred and I got up and went to Halycon for breakfast. Good food and really good coffee. Think we might return for breakfast there today.
Then we made our way up South Congress until we found a space and parked. Our first outing had to be at Allen's. Not sure you could find a store like Allen's anywhere else but Texas. Filled with Stetsons and boots. Josh and Max tried on some hats. This might be my favorite picture of the entire trip.
Our next stop next door was the costume shop. You can rent or buy. They take their costumes really seriously here. Very organized and loaded to the gills. Emily got a princess costume for Halloween, tiara and gloves...the whole works. Josh tried on a gorilla costume which was hilarious but no pics. Totally get it. People would just run around and try on stuff while their friends took pictures. At this point Josh, Max and Fred went back to the hotel to watch some football while the girls marched onward.
Next to that is a store called Unusual Objects. You could easily spend hours in here. A mixture of, well, unusual objects. 25 vendors who have come together under one roof. Vintage and funky. We loved this store. This guy was hanging out in front of the store making jewelry. Been here since 1976.
The Candy Shop is like something from out of another era. The smell of chocolate and candies hits you the minute you open the door. There have a lot of candies in there that are from years ago that are not easy to find.
Out to the festival. A bottle of wine to enjoy the last show. I love how they sell this. We sat on the lawn and just listened to the closing show of Norah Jones. We saw the Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros earlier in the day. I would have done the National for my last show but Emily and Lizzie wanted to chill to Norah. I've seen the National a few times so I went with them.