On the road to our next overnight stay in Austin, the capital of Texas. For we really are away out of Houston, it’s two hours later. Our hotel is in East-Houston and Austin is westbound.
Austin is hilly. Austin with companies like Dell, Facebook, Google, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Motorola and Ebay. Austin is therefore called Silicon Hills.
A visit at the United States Capitol where the Government resides. It’s open for public visitors and just 10 minutes away from our motel. It takes a little longer because the way there is steep. Built in 1881-1888, at that time the seventh tallest building in the world. It’s 94 m high, 6 m higher than the Capitol building in Washington DC.
In addition to the walk-through metal detector screening, we also have been searched by security staff. But then it’s allowed to go anywhere (500 rooms!), except in the office spaces.
There are many schoolchildren, as always. Schoolchildren are required to visit museums etc., the Government pays.
From the center in the Capitol, we see a round dome. Chairs, walls, doors, everything is made of beautiful wood. We enter the restaurant on the second floor below, also open to visitors. And there we are, with our backpacks, eating between Boardmembers. Isn’t that great?