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Bexar County

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  • Day106

    San Antonio

    December 1, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Nous avons officiellement passé une de nos plus mauvaises nuits! Vers 2h du matin, on se lève et décide de changer de place à cause du bruit mais la chaleur n'aidait pas non plus! On se déménage dans un Walmart plus éloigné du centre-ville. On y dort paisiblement jusqu'à 8h! Au moins la nuit s'est bien terminé! On part ensuite explorer la ville en commençant par un parc situé tout autour d'une rivière dans le centre-ville. Ça a des airs de Venise mais à l'américaine! Ici on est autour du canal, au niveau de l'eau, avec des restaurants et boutiques tout le tour. On peut aussi faire un tour de bateau, qui est comme un taxi touristique en fait, sur l'eau. Nous ne faisons pas de bateau mais on se balade pas mal tout le long du canal une bonne sortie de l'après-midi! On y dîne aussi dans un resto tex-mex, au bord de l'eau. Vraiment chouette comme endroit!

    On marche plus loin et on remonte au niveau de la rue pour aller voir une cathédrale espagnole. Il y a semble-t-il un spectacle son et lumière aussi à cet endroit en soirée... On va ensuite dans un petit cartier artistique près de là. Encore là, on y trouve des boutiques et petits restaurants mais tout est vraiment dans la thématique artisans. Nous j'y restons pas longtemps. Nous avons un dernier arrêt avant de reprendre la route : The Alamo. C'est un bâtiment construit par les espagnols et qui est très marquant dans l'histoire américaine car c'est ici que s'est déroulé un des derniers chapitres dans la fierté avec les mexicains. Les troupes mexicaines y ont attaqué avec cruauté les américains, ce qui motiva par la suite nombre de personnes à rejoindre les troupes texanes, ce qui leur permis de battre les mexicains par la suite. Plutôt intéressant, et bondé de monde il va s'en dire!! Nous allons ensuite voir un autre secteur qui s'appelle Pearl District. C'est un nouveau cartier branché qu'ils ont créé un peu plus au nord, toujours près du canal. Nous déplaçons donc notre véhicule et allons faire une balade dans ce cartier. Ici, c'est nettement plus branché comme endroit mais toujours aussi plaisant! Tout est construit autour d'une ancienne brasserie, laquelle a été la plus grosse du Texas a un certain moment. Elle a plus tard été rachetée par Pabst qui l'a ensuite fermée. Le tout a évolué et on a conservé le style industriel des bâtiments et créé des espaces extérieurs. C'est vraiment familial comme endroit. A la place centrale, on trouve pleins de gens qui relaxent dans le parc, bière a la main avec les enfants qui jouent autour. Parfait pour nous! On va donc chercher une bière et on se promène, question de se laisser imprégner par l'atmosphère. On fait quelques les boutiques. Nous allons ensuite marcher au niveau de la rivière. C'est une ambiance plaisir relaxe et moins bondée qu'au centre-ville. Nous marchons un peu, au son de chants de Noël qui retentissent de temps à autre, puis on revient au camper pour se diriger vers un restaurant mexicain. Le resto est super grand, full ambiance, et ouvert 24 heures! Les mariachis se promènent de table en table pendant que nous mangeons nos délicieux repas mexicains. Très réussi comme resto. On comprend pourquoi il y a autant de monde!!

    En sortant du resto, il nous reste un peu d'énergie. Nous sommes près de la cathédrale que nous avons vu plus tôt alors on décide d'aller la voir de soir, avec l'éclairage. À notre arrivée, le spectacle de son et lumière commence! Pas pire chanceux! On y reste donc le temps de voir une partie de la projection. La cathédrale s'illumine et s'anime avec des images qui relatent l'histoire de la ville, Alamo et tout. Le son n'est pas excellent alors un peu dur de suivre et de tout comprendre mais ça reste beau à voir! On marche ensuite un peu au bord du canal qui es tout illuminé, tout comme les bateaux qui passent. C'est vraiment enchanteur tout ça. Ça met un peu dans l'ambiance de Noël avec ces lumières et la musique qui joue sur certains bateaux. Il ne manque que la neige mais ça attendra!

    De retour au camper, on se dirige vers notre stationnement pour la nuit. C'est bien mérité aujourd'hui, on a fait une grosse journée, surtout pour du monde qui a mal dormi!!
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  • Day59

    The River Walk - San Antonio, TX

    April 18, 2018 in the United States

    After dinner stroll round The River Walk in downtown San Antonio. The place was buzzing with people eating, drinking and shopping on the side of the river. Amazing huge trees lined the river and boats that looked like colourful landing craft cruised round. Bronze statue if of a longhorn cattle drive. Mariachi bands were playing outside a couple of the restaurants. Thanks Ernie and Pat Corbello for telling us about this.Read more

  • Day60

    San Jose Mission -San Antonio, TX

    April 19, 2018 in the United States

    Interesting tour round the San José Mission which dates back to mid-1700s. Founded by the Franciscans who wanted to convert American Indians to religion and they lived in the quarters round the open square. The church is now catholic and still in use today. The pomegranate trees were in bloom with bright orange flowers. Temperature was around 80F with a breeze, so quite pleasant.Read more

  • Day59

    La Fonda on Main - San Antonio, TX

    April 18, 2018 in the United States

    Neal Carmickle, thank you for recommending La Fonda on Main, it was superb. Some of the best Mexican food we’ve eaten and the margarita on the rocks rocked !! Stew enjoyed his Mexican beers, Negra Modelo and Bohemia. We ate outside on the patio and fed crushed chips to sparrows, or spuggies as our neighbour Edna in Brechin calls them. They’re just like the ones back in the UK, except Stew says they have different accents, Mexican perhaps ??Read more

  • Day60

    The Alamo-San Antonio, TX

    April 19, 2018 in the United States

    Interesting visit to The Alamo the scene of the 1836 battle between the Mexicans and Texicans. Met a Yorkshire man, dressed in period clothing, in the Living History area who was talking about the guns used and there was also a ‘doctor’ with his implements terrorising 2 young girls as he described in detail how life was at the mission. Our friend Ernie Corbello’s ancestors settled here from the Spanish Canary Islands in 1831. Their surname was originally Curbelo. Fantastic trees, live oaks and pecans , and cacti in bloom in the grounds.Read more

  • Day67

    Day 67 - Come And Take It!

    November 13, 2016 in the United States

    Where we were staying in San Antonio was close enough to take a bus into downtown. We are staying in an Airbnb which is a tailor made flat above a double garage. It has everything we could need and is nice and cozy.

    On arrival in downtown we had a quick look in the Riverwalk Mall and then had Italian for lunch. We both had a pizza that set us up for the rest of the day. We sat outside during lunch and had a pleasant view of the riverwalk whilst the strong Texan sun reflected off the river's surface. The river dominates the city and has had a great deal of work on either bank to accommodate shops, restaurants and shaded seating areas. There is even a theatre, with the stage on one side of the river and the tiered seating area on the other. A really cool idea and it would be great to see a small production here. We went for a brief walk along the river and both Alice and I thought it had been constructed and maintained in good taste with plenty of information boards to remind the stroller of the area's rich history.

    Speaking of which, our first activity of the day was to visit the Alamo. It was at this one time Spanish Mission that a thirteen day siege took place during the Texas Revolution. 'Come and take it!' was a slogan used on flags raised during the siege and we walked around the mission and the adjoining museum to find out more. Alice and I were glad to have seen this important site for Texans and learn about the role of Spain in the development of modern North America.

    The sun was not letting up and so we continued our riverwalk under the shaded trees. It was still early and we decided on going to the cinema. I had wanted to see Dr. Strange and the timing for a 3D IMAX showing was perfect. Neither of us are big fans of 3D, however, the psychedelic imagery of this movie actually gives 3D a reason to exist. One moment the characters are talking and the next they are in a parallel world where buildings are bending over and the characters are running upside down. We both enjoyed the movie and we were given posters due to it being an IMAX movie. More goodies for the memento bag!

    It was dark by the time we left the cinema and it was time for a spin on our earlier riverwalk, a riverwalk in the dark! We had noticed lights around trees earlier and had hoped they were lit for a romantic evening stroll. Unfortunately they weren't, but our stroll was romantic none the less. After a while we realised we still weren't really hungry from all the popcorn and sweets we ate at the movies and so we grabbed quick light meals and headed home.

    Song of the Day:
    Johnny Cash - The Road to the Alamo
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  • Day68

    Day 68 - On A Mission

    November 14, 2016 in the United States

    The day started at a leisurely pace as washing needed to be done again. Once chores were done, we got in the car and made our way to a number of missions in the area. The Alamo yesterday is one of five that the Spanish set up in the San Antonio region. The first mission we visited, San José, is the largest in the region with a lot of the original architecture intact, including the large Church. The walled area and the various connected rooms add to the details of the mission and the adjoining museum helped fill in the gaps. All the missions are free to enter and Alice and I have been impressed with the amount of services and information available to the public. Before we hit mission number two, we needed food.

    We were both really hungry and so it was time to go big - Texas style. With a bar-b-q lunch at the B&B Smokehouse. We chose the two meat platter. Chicken and pulled pork for me and chicken and beef brisket for Alice. Oh my word! The meats were too good for words. We both had creamed corn as sides and I had rice and Alice had potato salad. If that was not enough, a slice of bread was thrown in for good measure. It was so good that I lost my internal stop sign and just kept eating. I was to regret that as I was not hungry for nearly a whole twenty four hours! My gluttony takes nothing away from the meal, a generous meal in portion size and well priced.

    We then drove to a further two missions that were a lot smaller in size but due to their close proximity to each other allowed a sense of scope for the reach of all the missions. We walked in, had a look around and then left. We checked the time and decided to go to our evening's entertainment early, another basketball game. This time we were watching the San Antonio Spurs take on the Miami Heat at the AT&T Center. There was a pre-game event involving a large number of young musicians which meant we had to wait around for a while. However, once inside, the buzz was slowly beginning to build. Compared to the Chicago Bulls build-up the Spurs build-up seemed subdued. Their mascot is a coyote with menacing green eyes and he just ran on and ran off at the beginning. The national anthem was performed by a group of young trombonists, maybe they were the winners from the pre-game event. The lights were lowered and the teams ran out and the game started. The stadium had a number of empty seats and this might have contributed to the flat atmosphere. It was still enjoyable for Alice and I and the Spurs raced into an early lead that they didn't lose. The crowd soon warmed up and it was quite a comfortable victory for the home team in the end. Basketball and Ice Hockey are fantastic spectator sports as the action doesn't let up throughout. There are also the breaks and time out entertainment to consider. The crazed mascot came on the court a few times and stomped his feet to a Spurs chant. There were also T-shirts thrown into the crowd although they did it a little different here to the last game we saw as a whole section in the stadium won a T-shirt as opposed to loads begin chucked into the stands. There was also another competition that was $25 to spend at a casino and on the big screen three numbers slowly revealed what section was to win. We were seated in 209 and the first number was a two, then it slowly revealed a zero and we both thought there was a good chance we could win and the last number that ever so slowly revealed itself was an... Eight! The section next to us all jumped up and down high fiving each other. Before the announcement we weren't interested in going to a casino but coming within one section made us feel like it would have been cool to have won it anyway. What's more, with the T-shirt throwing time out exercise, there was a guy not that far in front of us who was shouting out 'over here', ecstatically waving his arms about. From all the sports events we have been to so far the T-shirts never seemed to make it to us. Out of nowhere a wrapped T-shirt missile headed in his direction and he caught it! More high fives followed. It was nice to see how pleased he was with his prize. In the fourth quarter Alice and I decided to leave a bit early as the result looked certain and we had parked quite a distance away in one of the lots. We're glad we did as people were already streaming out and we would have been stuck for a while if we hadn't left then. A fun evening and probably the last sporting event we will watch whilst here in the states. They have all been high value entertainment and definitely worth a night out.

    Song of the Day:
    George - Amarillo Morning (we weren't in Amarillo, but we heard it at lunch and it mentions San Anton - as the locals call it)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Bexar County, مقاطعة بيكسار, Беър, বেক্সার কাউন্টি, Kantono Bexar, Condado de Bexar, Bexar konderria, شهرستان بیر، تگزاس, Comté de Bexar, Bexar megye, Բեխար շրջան, County Bexar, Contea di Bexar, ベア郡, Bexar Comitatus, Bexar Kūn, Hrabstwo Bexar, بیکسار, Comitatul Bexar, Беар, Округ Бер, بیکسار کاؤنٹی، ٹیکساس, Quận Bexar, Condado han Bexar, 比爾縣

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