Yesterday was a perfect day for the 72 mile Hill Country drive to Fredericksburg and Johnson City, to see the lights. Temperatures in the low 70s meant shorts and short sleeves for some but I opted for long pants because I knew when that sun went down, with such a clear sky, it would be mighty chilly.
On the way we stopped in at a couple of shops in Johnson City before continuing on to Fredericksburg to walk main street.
We'll be back later to see the lights on the Marktplatz and the traditional German pyramid, thought to be the inspiration for the Christmas tree.
Our favorite place to eat is the Navaho Grill and last night's meal did not disappoint. Cuisine of the south is an apt description. David started with a posole soup and I chose the corn and shrimp chowder which had plenty of southern heat. We followed this with main courses of Texas quail and braised short ribs( the Texas Wagyu organic beef raised like kobe beef) Both meals were wonderful but left us no room for dessert. The chef was even kind enough to come and and tell me something about the recipe for quail I had two years ago. I had been trying to replicate it, to no avail. We now returned to see the lights in the marktplatz.
Then it was on to Johnson City to the Pedernales Electric company and the fairyland of lights.
The dazzling display never ceases to fill me with a sense of wonderment. Our live oak trees sure dress up pretty.
We encircled the courthouse, which always reminds me of a wedding cake, and then headed for home.
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