Royal Tips: Austin

Thinking of going to Austin? Here are some helpful pointers from our team. 1. Allow for travel time Austin is pretty spread out, so make sure to allow time to get between activities, as well as to/from the airport. Traffic is also notoriously bad. While not on the level of LA or Boston, Austin has…

Remember the Alamo (and the Mexican Market)

In 1836, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and 6,000 Mexican soldiers stormed the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, killing the defenders there, most famously James Bowie and Davy Crockett. In 2017, The Royal Tour visited the site. Some other stuff happened in between.  The Alamo is San Antonio's most famous landmark. It began as…

The Royal Tour: Austin

Walking into C-Boys Heart and Soul in the South Congress area of Austin, I am greeted by dim lights and soft music.  The place is quiet - it is, after all, early evening on a Monday night.  The bartender greets patrons by name.  A stage sits at the end of the small room, and it…

South Congress: The Must-Do of Austin

Most cities have things that are very worthwhile doing, especially for a tourist. The best cities have a district that is not to be missed, as walking through it will give you a better sense of the place. Austin has both. I mentioned my recommendation for the one restaurant you can't miss, Franklin BBQ. Today,…

Riverwalk? More Like River-Run Away

Some things are worth braving throngs of tourists. The Royal Palace in Bangkok, the Sistine Chapel, Yosemite Valley: these are attractions so extraordinary and unique that being constantly jostled by my fellow men and women is bearable, even if unpleasant. Last night, I visited the San Antonio Riverwalk. It is a spur off of the…

Trip Itinerary: Central Texas

After nearly a month at home - my longest stretch of the year so far - my anxiety has flared up. I find myself staring at the calendar and counting down the days until I leave again. Fortunately, the countdown is nearly done, and I get the privilege of taking off later this week for…