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    • Day57

      San Antonio day 4

      August 23, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      San Antonio ist v.a. auch wegen „The Alamo“ bekannt. Bei Alamo handelt es sich um eine ehemalige Mission (im Laufe des 18. Jh. haben hier christliche Priester versucht, Indianer zu missionieren), die dann aber später v.a. als Festung und Militär-Depot genutzt wurde.
      Der Name Alamo wird heute insbesondere mit der Belagerung und tagelangen Schlacht um den von Texanern/Amerikanern gehaltenen Stützpunkt in Verbindung gebracht. Gegenüber standen den nur knapp 250 Verteidigern die Mexikanische Armee um General (und Präsident) Santa Anna mit mehreren tausend Soldaten.
      Nach 13 Tagen Kampf wurde Alamo von den Mexikanern schliesslich eingenommen, alle Verteidiger um William Travis, James Bowie und Davy Crockett kamen dabei ums Leben. Obwohl die Schlacht verloren ging und damit ein Rückschlag für die texanische Unabhängigkeits-bewegung war, fühlten sich durch den Mut und das Opfer der Alamo-Garnison immer mehr Menschen in ihrem Kampf um Freiheit und Abspaltung von Mexiko bestärkt. Daher nimmt Alamo bis heute einen wichtigen Platz in der texanischen und auch US-amerikanischen Geschichte ein, da Texas - nach dem es wenig später die Unabhängigkeit erlangt hatte - sich schliesslich den USA anschloss und viele Texaner zu diesem Zeitpunkt bereits US-Immigranten waren.

      Und diesen geschichtsträchtigen Ort haben wir heute in der Innenstadt von San Antonio besucht.😉 Für die Einwohner*innen der Stadt ist Alamo genauso wichtig, wie das Weisse Hause für jene von Washington.

      Wir laufen vom Pearl District aus (unserem Lieblingsort hier😊) in die Stadt hinein und nach dem Alamo-Besuch dann auch wieder den gleichen Weg zurück. Heute hat die Hitze - zumindest gefühlsmässig 39 Grad - ihren Höhepunkt erreicht. So sind wir denn auch froh, in einem klimatisierten Café ein Käffeli trinken zu können!🥵😁

      Morgen geht es weiter nach Austin, der Hauptstadt von Texas. Da wir dort nur einen Grill und eine Mikrowelle haben, kochen wir noch ein paar Menüs für die nächsten Tage vor.
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      Traveler

      😍

      8/23/21Reply
      Traveler

      😂😂😂 erfinderisch muass mi si👍‼️

      8/24/21Reply
       
    • Day54

      San Antonio day 1

      August 20, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Wow, diese Stadt gefällt uns wirklich mega gut!
      Zuerst besuchen wir den friedlichen Japanese Tea Garden, anschliessend gehts weiter zum Pearl District - welcher uns mit seinen neu hergerichteten Fabrik-Gebäuden an unser neues Zuhause in Mels erinnert (+ auch ein wenig an Bern, da es hier die Lorraine-Bäckerei gibt, wo wir einen sehr leckeren Kaffee geniessen 😁) - und von dort aus über den River Walk in die Innenstadt, wo sich unter farbigen Sonnenschirmen Restaurant an Restaurant reiht.
      Wir weden auch am Montag sicher nochmals hier vorbeikommen. Dann besuchen wir The Alamo!

      Der San Antonio River, an dem wir entlang laufen, fliesst von der Stadt aus fast 400km in den Guadalupe River, der dann schliesslich in den Golf von Mexiko fliesst.

      Im Pearl District spielen wir ein paar Partien Tuttoo,
      bis wir merken (durch die nun wieder sehr heissen Temperaturen hatten wir gar keinen Appetit), dass wir schon ziemlich lange nichts mehr gegessen haben und dann unterzuckert schnurstracks zurück in unsere Unterkunft fahren, zum Znacht!
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      Traveler

      wouw, do würds miar glaub au gfalla, so schöni farbigi wandbilder🥰‼️

      8/21/21Reply
      Traveler

      wunderschön, das wär ou öpis für mi, e richtig fründlechi stadt mit au dene farbe👌😍

      8/21/21Reply
       
    • Day56

      San Antonio day 3

      August 22, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Einmal mehr - San Antonio gefällt uns sehr gut. Wir besuchen heute den Märit im Pearl District. Die Stimmung ist lebendig, überall ist Livemusic und es hat viele Leute. Nach dem Besuch fahren wir zum San Pedro Springs Park. Dort befindet sich ein Poolbecken, das mit Flusswasser gefüllt wird. Als wir um 11.45 Uhr dort ankommen, sind wir die Einzigen. Das Bad scheint geschlossen zu sein. Im Park halten sich komische Gestalten auf.
      Wir entschliessen uns, zurück zum Pearl District zu gehen. Wir kaufen uns dort einen kalten Kaffee und Tee und telefonieren etwa 1.5 Stunden mit Martinas Schwester Angi, sowie deren Kinder Jamila und Daven.
      Nach dem Telefonat entscheiden wir uns noch einmal zurück zum Badeplatz zu fahren. Und siehe da - es hat Leute, die baden.
      Wir suchen den Eingang jedoch vergebens, da die Anlage offiziell nicht geöffnet ist. Ein Junge ruft uns aus dem Wasser zu, wir sollen über den Zaun klettern, das machen alle hier.
      Also steigen wir darüber und verbringen ein paar gemütliche Stunden an diesem Ort. Die Abkühlung tut sooooooooo gut. Wir nehmen ein längeres Bad, lesen und Martina schläft eine Runde. Anschliessend gehen wir noch einkaufen und kochen das Znacht (leider fehlen plötzlich Kochtöpfe - somit wird das Kochen etwas herausfordender).
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      Traveler

      😍😍

      8/22/21Reply
      Traveler

      gseht sehr schön u erfrischend us! gluschtet eim grad i das grosse bassin mit "karibik" Wasser z stige👌!

      8/22/21Reply
      Traveler

      😂😂😂 gnüssen d wärmi, bi üs isch schu wieder kühl, dr herbst kunnt‼️

      8/23/21Reply
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    • Day14

      San Antonio

      April 22 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      On arrive à San Antonio dans la soirée et on se retrouve par hasard dans un quartier à l'architecture très récente, et étonnamment vivant. On marche jusqu'au Elsewhere un restaurant en plein air, animé par deux musiciens chantant de la country. Légère déconvenue pour Grégoire qui se trompe dans sa commande et se retrouve avec une assiette de "wings" de choux-fleurs frits et très épicés. On retourne ensuite dans le quartier quitté plus tôt : le Pearl. Un évènement spécial ramène semble-t-il l'entièreté de la ville au milieu d'une place où les familles chantent et dansent sur les musiques d'un DJ dans un airstream. Aucun son ne figure dans notre répertoire mais ça n'empêche pas de profiter de cette soirée, sous des températures très agréables. Quoique lorsque vient le moment de s'endormir dans le van, on en paie le contrecoup. On fait bon usage de l'aloe vera sur nos peaux rougies. La chaleur et l'humidité écourtent notre nuit. On petit déjeune le lendemain sur les berges de la San Antonio river, très bien aménagées. Le cours d'eau traverse toute la ville du même nom, surnommée aussi la Venise des USA. On le longe jusqu'au centre-ville après avoir déposé Karlos dans un garage pour vérifier la pompe d'approvisionnement en essence, qui parfois bloquait le démarrage. On trouve dans la ville de nombreux bâtiments en pierre taillée, et une architecture avec un style arabe étonnant. Dans la ville se trouve aussi the Alamo, une forteresse historique et plus ancien bâtiment du Texas. On revient en marchant jusqu'au van lorsqu'il est prêt, et on reprend la route, un peu dépité par le coût des réparations mais l'esprit libre. Direction plein ouest, face au soleil.Read more

      Traveler

      Bientôt dans les rues de Cherbourg,… et sur la terrasse de Christine !

      4/24/22Reply
      Traveler

      🤪

      4/24/22Reply
      Traveler

      euh...je vais rester sur les parapluies plutôt que les girafes 😘

      4/24/22Reply
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    • Day20

      San Antonio

      October 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Kurzer 250 km sprint und wir waren in San Antonio.

      Kurzer stop in Bandera einem kleinen Cowboy Nest mit echt uriger Innenstadt.

      Jetzt zu San Antonio.
      Einfach eine megageile Stadt, leider haben wir zu wenig Zeit um alles anzuschauen.

      Es gibt da den sogenannten Riverwalk.
      Wie der Name schon sagt geht entlang des Flusses mitten in der Stadt ein Gehweg.

      Dort sind Bars und Restaurants und man kann gemütlich am Wasser sitzen oder flanieren.

      Traumhaft.

      Abends ging es dann noch auf den 230 Meter hohen

      Tower of Americas

      mit nem Aussenglassaufzug hoch.
      Einfach Top.
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      Traveler

      Wie im wilden Westen 😊 sieht super aus

      10/4/19Reply
       
    • Day16

      Remember the Alamo

      June 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      What a beautiful city San Antonio is. Definitely my favourite of the three Texas cities I’ve visited. My top priority was to visit the historic Alamo - and it didn’t disappoint. I knew very little about the historic battle in 1836 other than seeing the movie years ago, so the visit was interesting, informative and moving. One elderly gentleman was giving out information about the battle and asked if there were any questions. One wee boy put his hand up: ‘ sir, were you at the battle of the Alamo?’ Moving on swiftly...

      San Antonio’s other main attraction is the River Walk - an extensive European style development of cafes and restaurants along the San Antonio River. I took a river cruise and it was relaxing to see the historic parts of this beautiful city from the river. Another place to be recommended.
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      Ken Christie

      Robert loved San Antonio when visited back in the early eighties. Enjoy the rest of the great American Railroad Tour .

      6/7/19Reply
      Robert Fyfe

      Yes, I loved it here, Ken. Looks like you and Bill are having a great time too. Must catch up and exchange notes when we get home. 🤠

      6/7/19Reply
       
    • Day20

      San Antonio, TX

      August 11 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 31 °C

      Die Fahrt war klasse. Manno, ich liebe US-Autobahnen! Man darf links und rechts überholen, hat freie Fahrstreifenwahl, in einer 70er Zone fahren alle mal generell 80+ (Meilen!), das Drängeln fällt weg und der Sprit ist so viel billiger.
      San Antonio ist ja eine geniale Stadt! Der 1968 erbaute und bis jetzt noch zweitgrößte Aussichtsturm der USA, "Tower of the Americas", ist 228,6m hoch und bietet einen super Ausblick über die ganze Stadt und deren Umgebung.
      Das 4D-Kinoerlebnis war genial! Neben dem perfekten 3D-Effekt, wurde man auch mit den Sitzen richtig durchgerüttelt, mit Luft angeblasen und mit Wasser bespritzt, ein einmaliges Erlebnis!
      Bei der Bootstour am "River Walk" haben wir uns fast in diesen Teil der Stadt verliebt. Der Tourguide Cliff hat mit viel Humor über die Geschichte und momentane Situation der Stadt erzählt.
      Dann lecker (und gesund) Essen bei Chipotle, ein kurzer Besuch beim Heiligen Antonio und bei "Alamo", einer historischen Missions- und Festungsanlage aus dem 18. Jhd. (einige Europäer werden hier über "historisch" lachen...).
      Eine Frau muss hier tatsächlich ein Einhorn gefangen haben, um es jetzt zum Kutschenziehen zu verwenden (siehe Bild).
      Zimmer ist ok, Wetter ist unerwartet super erträglich, weil nicht so feucht!
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      Erstaunliche Erlebnisse.... Habt einen super erholsamen Tag heute! [Papa]

      8/12/22Reply
       
    • Day60

      Day 59 - Possibly A Bargain Too Far?

      June 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Woke up & checked my emails. I was curious to see if I had received anything from the AMARG “Boneyard” Tour or Davis-Monthan Air Force Base about our vetting checks. Nothing, an absolute disgrace!

      I then came across an email requesting me to “Take 3 minutes to tell us about your stay at Extended Stay America El Paso - Airport”. Well I did, 10 minutes later I pressed the send button with my scathing review. That cheered me up!

      We packed up our stuff & headed out for a long drive to San Antonio. There was no sign of Kelly or Lola, I think they are early birds, that or they couldn’t stand my snoring 💤.

      Jackie was now insistent that she would drive the 1st leg & would like Chris Rea on the stereo, not my choice, but it’s the drivers prerogative! Jackie got on to Highway 90, known as the Texas Pecos Trail, & cranked the car up to a cruising speed of 75mph. I chose The Road To Hell album & rather spookily the 4th track was called “Texas”. That was my song of the day sorted!

      It was a fantastic driving road, long sweeping bends cutting a swathe through the shrub land, just north of the Mexican Border. We only met a vehicle about every 5 miles or so. We passed through the minuscule towns/hamlets of Sanderson, Dryden, Langtry & Comstock. We crossed over the Pecos River High Bridge & also across the Amistad International Reservoir. Two & a half hours, 171 miles later, Jackie parked Doodle up in a bay at the Sonic Drive-In on Veterans Boulevard in Del Rio.

      At Sonic, you order your food at the bay & wait for it to be delivered, we did, but also pleaded with them to use the staff restrooms which the kindly allowed us to do. Unlike everyone else we sat at a table to eat our cheese burgers (which are massive) & the waiter told us to go into the kitchen if we wanted drink refills. We did, they were free & we were bloody thirsty.

      Whilst at Sonic examined Doodle & has found at least 5 small dents in the bonnet, obviously caused by the hail storm yesterday. That gave Jackie something to stress about for the rest of the afternoon!

      I took over the reins from here & continued on the 90 through Brackettville, Uvalde, Knippa, D’Hanis, Honda, then turned north onto Texas 173 to Bandera, which tags itself ‘The Cowboy Capital of the World’. Bold claim, but to be fair the town was surrounded by cattle ranches. We had a drive round, saw the Frontier Times Museum, then pushed on to San Antonio.

      San Antonio is a massive city, mainly famous for two things - The Alamo & The Riverwalk, which are both fairly close to each other. I had focused my search on Booking.com to accommodation in that vicinity. Most of the hotels were coming up at over $200 per night, but I found a motel still in that vicinity for $60 including breakfast.

      We drove into the car park of The Inn At Alamo & debated whether we should stay there. To me the clientele seemed ok, so I convinced Jackie to go for it. The receptionist quoted us $69 for a room, but I put her straight that it was on Booking.com for $60. She charged us $60 & allocated us Room 123.

      Well location wise The Inn At Alamo is perfect. The Riverwalk is 390 metres away & The Alamo nearer. Unfortunately location is not always everything, we walked in & Jackie had a fit. Jackie has likened our room to a drug den, a bit harsh, I’d say empty squat. There was lumps of dust & bits of plastic on the floor, we dare not look under the beds. The bed linen although I’m sure clean was stained. The net curtains have mildew, as does all the surfaces around the air con. It was disgusting & apparently it was my fault, especially as I had knocked her down $9, we got the worst room in the place!

      We were sunbaked & sweaty, so we had a cold shower & beer, then headed out to the much hyped Riverwalk. We hated it, it was an artificial diversion of the San Antonio River that was lined on both sides by crammed in & overpriced restaurants, many being national chains. The restaurants were busy with business people on expenses or Asian tourists. There were also large bathtub looking boats full of tourists, with a guide, chugging up & down. Were they pointing out what food was served where?

      We walked along it & out of it. We went along to The Alamo, obviously closed for the evening, but the outside lit up quite nicely. My research tells me that we might not be able to take a tour without booking tickets 2 days in advance. We have been there before!

      We looked for somewhere normal to get a drink & food. It was 8.00pm & we were pouring sweat, my phone told me it was 98.6 degrees, but it also said it felt like 104 degrees. No wonder. After wandering around until we had severely withered, we popped into a restaurant called Pho Bo for Pad Thai & Sesame Chicken. We had a jug of water, because they didn’t sell alcohol. It was really nice.

      On google I had identified a Brewery about half a mile away. Jackie was happy to go because she didn’t want to go back to the motel too early. It was worth the walk, the Roadmap Brewing Co. was a lovely air conditioned room selling about 15 different beers. We had a large glass each of a 6.1% Mama Dukes IPA & planned the next couple of days, actually the nights.

      We returned to our hotel & as I write, Jackie is giggling away to some film on Netflix. Our room can’t be that bad after all. And she has forgotten the damage to Doodle!

      Song of the Day - Texas by Chris Rea.

      Bonus Song of the Day :-

      Cowboy Song by Thin Lizzy
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      Traveler

      If looks could kill

      6/21/19Reply
      Traveler

      Looks like the Disney ride. Its a small world !!! (get that song out of your head)

      6/21/19Reply
      Simon and Jackie Annals

      Yeah it wasn’t going to be Jackie’s best night

      6/22/19Reply
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    • Day108

      Remember the Alamo

      October 12, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      We’ve had a fun filled 3 days here in San Antonio.

      We met with Jim and Karen, long time family friends. We related stories of our adventures along the way.

      We also visited with Eloy and Irene that we first met on a cruise. We have also hosted them about 2 years ago when they had a stop in Puerto Quetzales.

      On Columbus Day, Glenn snd I explores “the Missions” south of San Antonio. We also walked along the river walk and I took a quick picture of the Alamo.

      After a quick swim in the pool, we headed to J. Alexander’s for a meal with Joan and Jonathan. Great conversation wrapped in prayer in the end.
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    • Day60

      Day 60 - The Alamo

      June 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 32 °C

      I woke up at 8.30am & Jackie was still asleep. The room couldn’t have been that bad! Jackie woke up at 9.00 & alleged she had been up all night & was bitten by bedbugs.

      We got ready quickly & vacated our room in record time & loaded up the car. Now, the big advantage of choosing location over cleanliness is that we were able to take a short walk to The Alamo. Car parks were charging $10 & $15 to park nearby!

      Despite my fear, we were able to purchase an audio tour for $7 each. We then headed in & listened to the 26 audio segments as we walked through the church & grounds of The Alamo. It is always a slightly surreal feeling, standing in the spot where such a momentous historical event took place.

      I’m embarrassed to say the I had forgotten that Davy Crockett was killed at The Alamo. Colonel Travis, Crockett & 183 other US soldiers were attacked by a Mexican Army of 2,500 fighters. The US soldiers bravely defended The Alamo for 13 days, but on 6th March 1836, the Mexican Army overran them & killed every US soldier. (The story is told much better in my Song of the Day, well it would have done, it was The Ballad of the Alamo by Marti Robbins, but Jackie made me change it). It is quite a sobering, yet inspiring series of events.

      We returned to Doodle & headed out, but took a brief diversion to drive past San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral & the Spanish Governor’s Palace. I pulled over in the bus lane & managed to upset one bus driver, not once, but twice!

      We then picked up & headed out on Interstate 10 towards El Paso, oh no! Fortunately we turned off at a very quaint town called Comfort established by German Freethinkers. We had lunch in ‘comfort’ in a cafe called Highs. I had a meaty ciabatta & Jackie had a salmon bagel, which she got about half the way through. The town had several award winning wineries, but it was a bit too early for that.

      We continued on to Kerrville & had a stroll along a ‘natural’ river walk. The Guadalupe River flows through Kerrville & following a great flood in the 1930s, Tranquility Island was created. We walked to Tranquility Island & back. Kids supervised by their parents were swimming in the river. Kerrville had been recommended to us by Kelly at Marathon.

      After driving through the Historic District, we headed north towards Fredericksburg on the Texas 16. A couple of miles out of Kerrville, we turned off for one of my funny little stops, The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden. Apart from the huge empty cross, the rest of the grounds appeared to be boarded up.

      We continued to Fredericksburg, a place we had been recommended by the couple we met at the busy frozen custard shop in St. George, Utah. We fell in love with Fredericksburg the moment we arrived. Jackie had identified 2 quite expensive hotels for us to look at. One was full, so we went to the other, the Fredericksburg Inn & Suites, which had a nice pool. It was just after 3.00pm & when we asked for a room, the receptionist quoted $159: we settled on $129, pool view etc etc.

      We took advantage of the free soft drinks, water, & spent over 3 hours in the sun at the pool. I had not applied enough face cream throughout the day & was looking like Simon Weston! After getting ready to go down town, Jackie insisted the she powder my face. I looked like the ‘Tin Man’ in the Wizard of Oz.

      With the powder rubbed in we hit downtown Fredericksburg. It was fantastic, Main Street was full of bars & restaurants playing live music. After walking up & down, we settled on El Milagro 20/12, which had a decent live band, Kemosahbee (various spellings) which is a term of endearment for the Lone Ranger’s sidekick, Tonto.

      We had a couple of beers & shared a plate of Buffalo Wings. At 10.00pm, we tipped the band, who were very grateful & wanted to shake our hands, particularly because we were from England. Back at our super clean hotel, we had a wine outside, I got bitten on my ankle & we retreated indoors.

      Song of the Day - Remember the Alamo by Johnny Cash.

      Bonus Song of the Day :-

      Ballad of the Alamo by Marty Robbins
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      Traveler

      What about the song Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier...

      6/21/19Reply
      Simon and Jackie Annals

      Who sang it?

      6/22/19Reply
       

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    San Antonio, سان أنطونيو, San-Antonio, Горад Сан-Антоніа, Сан Антонио, স্যান অ্যান্টোনিও, Сан-Антонио, Σαν Αντόνιο, سان آنتونیو, 聖安東尼奧, סן אנטוניו, सैन एन्टोनियो, Սան Անտոնիո, SAT, サンアントニオ, სან-ანტონიო, 샌안토니오, Sanctus Antonius, San Antonijus, Sanantonio, സാൻ അന്റോണിയോ, सॅन अँटोनियो, ਸਾਨ ਆਂਤੋਨੀਓ, سان انٹونیو, 78201, San Antònio, San Antoniyo, சான் அந்தோனியோ, శాన్ అంటోనియో, แซนแอนโทนีโอ, Сан-Антоніо, סאן אנטאניא, 圣安东尼奥

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