N A N T O N I O T E X A S
stars at night, Are big and bright, Deep in the heart of Texas....
San Antonio (Alamo/Riverwalk), Texas
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Antonio has always been one of my favorite cities. I love it
(you can see my 'vacation snapshots' from this trip here)!
It's just so beautiful and historical and multicultural and unique.
And the Alamo is definitely one of the most famous and fascinating
sites to see there...
to forget that this place is more than just a 'tourist attraction'...
until you step inside of it and feel the eerie presence of it's bloody
history. 189 men barred themselves inside this place and held off
troops numbered in the thousands for 13 days, before meeting
their violent deaths, one and all. Many say that the Alamo is still
haunted by their spirits...
A plaque marks the spot where the
bodies of the defenders were burned. And a memorial
statue stands near the Alamo, engraved with the words, 'From the
fire that burned their bodies, rose the eternal spirit of sublime
heroic sacrifice, which gave birth to an empire state' There is no
photography allowed inside the Alamo, or I would have gotten some
Either way, the Alamo is an
unforgettable place to visit. And another unforgettable San Antonio
landmark is the amazing Riverwalk...
The Riverwalk is an actual river
that winds through downtown San Antonio, and it's incredible.
It's lined on all sides by shops and restaurants and theaters and
hotels and everything else you can imagine, and it's just amazing...
The pics above were shot from
onboard a boat going down the Riverwalk- you can take boat rides
for like only $6 or so and it's really worth it to be able to
see the city from that unusual perspective. One of the strangest
things we saw was a giant
tree growing upside-down out of another tree way up
overhead!! Apparently it was stuck up there during the floods
and somehow fused into the other tree, and they are growing
together to this day.
There is lots of really great
old historical architecture in San Antonio too. There's the
Emily Morgan Hotel (above, left 2 shots... Emily Morgan was the
'Yellow Rose of Texas', a beautiful young mulatto girl who was
sent to the tent of General Santa Anna to errrm... 'distract'
him, allowing the Texans to defeat him)... some of my other
favorite buildings were the one with actual working
gargoyle drain spouts, and a very old German-Catholic Church
Joseph's. We also saw some really cool things such as a crazy
fountain that spewed both fire and water, and a humongous
red sculpture that was given to the city as a gift from
Also interesting were the 750-foot
high Tower of the
Americas, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who
commited suicide by jumping from it's observation deck, and the
historic and haunted Menger
I could have spent another month
photographing everything we saw and still not do it justice. San
Antonio is just a great town, and I can't wait to go back... *smile*
Check out some other snapshots from
our San Antonio road trip here!
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