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San Antonio

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  • Day59

    The River Walk - San Antonio, TX

    April 18 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

    The Alamo-San Antonio, TX

    April 19 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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  • Day38

    San Antonio, Texas

    December 16, 2017 in the United States

    Unsere Betten wurden nicht unterfahrbar gemacht für Brians Lifter. Der Receptionguy gab dafür alles. Da niemand mehr vom Hausdienst da war, schleppte er Ziegelsteine an für unter das Bett. Er und ich hatten danach unser Fitness gemacht (Bettunterteil entfernen, Bett hochheben, Steine darunterlegen, das 2 . Bett an die Wand hochstellen, da wir kaum Platz hatten im Zimmer etc.).
    Nach Riverwalk in Weihnachtsbeleuchtung, Besuch einer katholischen Kirche (wo wir gleich eine Trauung miterlebten), Shopping in einer riesigen Mall und Kinobesuch im regnerischen Wetter gehts morgen, Montag, den 18.12 weiter nach El Paso. Die längste Autofahrt bis jetzt mit 8 Stunden, deshalb gehts morgen früh los.Read more

  • Day135

    San Antonio - Alamo mm.

    October 6, 2016 in the United States

    Er man i San Antonio skal man selvfølgelig besøge the Alamo, som i dag ligger midt i downtown San Antonio. Dengang i 1836, hvor det berømte Battle of the Alamo udspillede sig, lå fortet syd for selve byen. Oprindeligt var det en franciskansk missionsstation, som så sidenhen blev til et militært forsvarsværk. Meget spændende at se the Alamo, hvor Davy Crockett, James Bowie og William Travis sammen med ca. 200 texanere blev besejret af den mexicanske president general Santa Anna og hans 5000 mand store hær. Alle 200 mand døde i slaget, der efter 13 dages belejring blev udkæmpet på 90 minutter. Texas tilhørte på dette tidspunkt Mexico, men oprørske texanere havde et ønske om at få en tidligere mexicansk grundlov genindført og havde derfor indtaget The Alamo. Denne belejring skulle vise sig senere samme år at føre til Texas´ uafhængighed ved slaget ved San Jacinto.
    Efter Alamo fik vi en god frokost på en af de lokale spisesteder på San Antonio Riverwalk og vi fik vi set en god del af San Antonio midtby, hvor netop Riverwalk'en er det store tilløbsstykke. Byens centrum er fyldt med flotte bygninger og masser af historie.
    Vi besøgte the Buckland og Texas Rangers museum. The Buckland museum er et meget specielt sted med flere hundrede udstoppede dyr, lige fra hajer og elefanter til antiloper og isbjørne. The Texas Rangers museum fortæller historien om hvordan rangerne startede og fremhæver nogle af de mere berømte Texas Rangers.
    Samme aften havde vi bestilt bord på en restaurant i toppen af Tower of the Americas, som er et 750 fod højt tårn midt i San Antonio. Restauranten ligger helt oppe under observationsdækket og drejer langsomt rundt, så man får en fantastisk 360 graders udsigt over byen, mens man får serveret super lækkert mad.
    Dagen får 4,5 ud af 5 stjerner.
    Roadtrip: I dag: 0 miles - i alt: 255 miles
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  • Day27

    The Alamo - San Antonio, TX

    July 13, 2017 in the United States

    The Alamo was great experience. Jenn and I visited it back on our cross country road trip in '96. The area is more built up than it was back then. No surprise.

    This time, there was an audio tour. I thought they did a very good job with it and I recommend the audio experience.

    Growing up I didn't care much for westerns, but I was always captivated by the story of the Alamo. I loved Davy Crocket. So, visiting the Alamo was a dream come true. Sharing it with my kids was even sweeter. 😊

    There is more to the phrase "Remember the Alamo." After the defeat at the Alamo at the hands of Santa Ana, there was another setback in the battle for Texas independence. The rebel Texans had seized Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía, which they renamed Fort Defiance. Three weeks after the massacre at the Alamo, Santa Ana marched of Ft. Defiance. General Sam Houston had given the order to evacuate weeks earlier, but his orders were not obeyed. By the time the 400 soldiers and civilians evacuated, it was too late. They were captured, marched back to Goliad and executed. Known as The Goliad Massacre, it was the biggest in the battle for Texan independence. Around 180 to 200 people died at the Alamo. The cries of, "Remember the Alamo" and "Remember Goliad" gave strength to the rebels. Now, Goliad is forgotten to most.

    There was a special Jim Bowie exhibit. Pronounced Boo-ee not like David Bowie. I had not realized that he was a jerk. He made a fortune smuggling slaves into the US after it had been banned and selling hem. He also sold people land he didn't own. By the time he got caught and the US Supreme Court ruled against him, he had left Louisiana and gone to Texas where he became a Mexican citizen. Some history books call him a land speculator, but he cheated people out of their money, plain and simple. Not a good guy. Although, he sure could fight with a knife.

    We did see one of his Bowie knives on display. The display case was awesome. It had an overlay touch screen. So, you could see the actual knife on display but touch parts of the screen to bring up more information. Of course the tech part of me geeked out. In the picture gallery for this post I have a video of Quinn using one of the touch display cases.

    While in the Bowie exhibit, we got caught up with Robert, one of the docents. I say "got caught up" because it turned into one of those awkward conversations that would not end! The conversation turned into how much he wanted Atlanta to beat the Patriots. It then took a strange turn and he told us how he couldn't bring his backpack into his favorite restaurant any more. What the heck???

    Back to the Alamo... We also saw, among other relics and artifacts, one of Davy Crockett's rifles and Lt. Col. William Travis' sword.

    While we were headed to the gift shop, the heavens opened and it poured for 15-20 minutes. Then it cleared up just as quickly as it started.
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  • Day27

    San Antonio River Walk

    July 13, 2017 in the United States

    The river walk was not as we remembered. It didn't seem as pretty. Honestly, it smelled. It has the feel of something that used to be cute, but has gotten old and was not taken care of well. Don't get me wrong, it is nice enough, but darker than I remember. There are some nice shops and restaurants, but we weren't impressed.

    We realized the kids had never been to a Hard Rock Cafe. We tried to explain they were the cool place to visit, back in the day. Casey and Quinn were still unimpressed.

    We were a bit let down over the river walk, but still worth the stroll.
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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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