Jan. 19, 2013 Greetings friends and please forgive me for not posting sooner! We left College Station on January 19 and headed southwest to Hondo, Texas. These little towns have a rhythm all their own. G and I tried to go to the local museum in Hondo but decided it was just open on the first Saturday of the month that has a blue moon in it. We did go east of Hondo to Castroville. It is the German/French Alsace town of Texas. I have never seen so many restored 1850’s homes. They are made out of 17 inch thick limestone blocks and consist of one twenty to thirty foot by 12 foot room on the ground floor and an upper loft area for sleeping. The loft area has one small window at each end of it for ventilation. You find these throughout Castroville and in the surrounding rural countryside. I told Greg if we were the settling down type, I wouldn’t mind one of these cute little homes. Castroville is also home to the Landmark Inn which is now a Texas Historical Park. You can either stay at the inn or stay in a converted circular bath house. G and I explored this region for a week before moving south to the Del Rio area. Unfortunately, I took no pictures of this area.