Happy Valentine's Day

Trip Start Feb 06, 2013
Trip End Mar 12, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Thursday, February 14, 2013

We were up early for breakfast at the hotel and out into 36 degree weather and a fog advisory on the highway. It was an easy drive with not a lot of traffic until we neared San Antonio. We entered the address of the hotel into the Garmin navigator and by 10 am we were signed in at the lobby. We took the one room they had available so early in the morning so we could off load the luggage and plan our day. We chose to do an hour long trolley tour that started at the Alamo. We walked to the Alamo along Commerce St. There was a good map from the trolley company and San Antonio was nothing like New Orleans and Mardi Gars in terms of traffic and numbers of people. There were lots of convention people though wearing their name tags.

The tour passed by the Tower of the Americas and Hemisfair Park - home of the 1968 World's Fair.  The fair gave birth to tourism here - the third major industry after military and health care. The Texas Pavilion now houses a museum featuring 27 ethnic groups who settled in Texas and is now part of the University of Texas. Two Missions were next - San Jose with the famous Rose Window and Concepcion with frescoes. We briefly saw a couple of the houses of the King William district - a 25 block originally settled by prominent German merchants.Later Richard and I strolled down King William St. marvelling at the beautiful homes including the Steves Homestead and Carl Guenther Houses. It was there that we took a call from Gina and spoke to Mum who had arrived in Scottsdale.

The tour also passed by Market Square or El Mercado since it is full of Mexican wares. We made our way back downtown past the San Fernando Cathedral and Main Square. The cathedral was built in 1734 by settlers from the Canary Islands. Across the square was a courthouse that reminded me of the old Toronto City Hall - red stone and architecture - and people were being mass wed today - it being Valentine's Day. Before returning to the Alamo we passed by La Villita where we ended up eating lunch at the Cafe. We wandered through the Alamo first though.

What a beautiful day - sunny and bright blue sky. After lunch we took a boat tour which is quite beautiful and decided we had to celebrate with a margarita riverside in the sun.
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