As cities go, Austin is a cool one. It was sweltering, but beautiful, unique and welcoming. And, of course, a little bit weird. Stéphane went to college in Austin, plus his family lives in the city, so we were immediately right at home. We hung out with his aunt and uncle, brother and cousins. Such a blast!

We spent one of our few days in Austin on a river, floating for hours. It was beautiful!! The quietude, minus the few spots where we encountered swimming holes, relaxed the entire group.

Of course, we saw all of the sights — the capitol building, Blanton Museum of Art and we just caught the bat exit from the Congress Avenue Bridge. It was a brilliant weekend!