Heading back, Alcy had heard of but had never been to The Downtown Café in Giddings so we made a stop for lunch. I highly recommend it. The following photo is not very good but I think it has historical significance. A few days ago I learned that Alcy had never eaten chicken fried steak. It was on the menu and she chanced it. She said she liked it but she might have been just being nice although I cannot imagine not liking chicken fried steak. Now I couldn't talk her in to the mustard greens which were outstanding. But sometimes it takes small steps.
Giddings is more authentic small town Texas. Bastrop, like most of the small towns around Austin such as Smithville and Gruene have become unnaturally yuppiefied to attract the tech workers. It is more like going to Disneyland than a small Texas town. I kind of feel sorry for them thinking that they are getting the flavor of a real Texas town.
The lunch waitress told us about the Windish Historical Center in Sebin so we did a detour. This is a small and very hidden gem. We got a good introduction to who the Windish were/are and the history of a previously to us unknown Painted Church, St Paul's Lutheran. The churches that we have visited in the past have all been Catholic. St Paul's is the only one of the Painted Churches that is Lutheran.
St Paul's is not as elaborate as some of the other churches but is it extremely interesting. The walls are three foot thick red sandstone that the Windish quarried and cut themselves. The exterior is almost fortress like and because of the building material, austere. They still hold German language services each Sunday and have members who are seventh generation descendants from the original 1850s settlers. This is some place that deserves a weekend photo trip.