Alone in San Antone!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
Trip End May 16, 2008

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Monday, February 18, 2008

My Journey continues as it should. I know none of you would be able to come to this same conclusion but I end up seeing the downtown historic areas of major cities on weekends. The timing seems to work out that way. I first noticed that "coincidence" during Paul & Alexis' Excellent Adventure. Instead of fighting commuter traffic and for parking spots in cities where that would be a concern I end up visiting these places on the weekend. This is a long weekend in the U.S. It's President's Day tomorrow. There were a lot of tourists in town. With it being a Sunday, parking was free. Always a bonus. You don't have to go in as early to find a parking spot when your competition is tourists and not office workers.
San Antonio is a beautiful pedestrian friendly city with a lot to see within a 10 square kilometre area. You can walk around it for hours. Which I did do. For all of 7 hours. I mentioned in yesterday's blog that I like to suffer. Well, I'm suffering now. Anybody out there give feet massages and make trailer calls to San Antonio?
Things that I saw:
The Alamo. " Remember the Alamo", a battle cry never to be forgotten. A place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom during a struggle against overwhelming odds. The 300 year-old Mission San Antonio de Valero was the site of Texans' last stand against the Mexican Army in March 1836.
The River Walk. The San Antonio River is the heart of the country's oldest and most extensive Spanish-Colonial water system. The river arcs and winds its way through the city, defining neighbourhoods and offering something of beauty and tranquility to look at from its banks. In the city center, the River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is made up of cobbled walkways, bridges, cafes, shops, restaurants and bars along the river's edge. Its three miles of pathways are a full level below city streets...serene and peaceful.
San Fernando Cathedral. The oldest Cathedral Sanctuary in the United States was founded in 1731 by a group of 16 Canary Island families that went to set up a colony at the request of King Philip V of Spain. It is the oldest, continuously functioning religious community in the State of Texas.
Spanish Governor's Palace. Originally founded as the Military Presidio de Bejar on Cinquo de Mayo 1718, the Spanish Governor's Palace housed the Presidio Capitan. This early Military Presidio protected Mission de Valero and the surrounding community named Villa de Bejar and Villa de San Fernando  which later became known as San Antonio, Texas.
La Villita. La Villita is a cluster of small buildings. Once a residential district, the area now houses specialty shops filled with unique gifts and treasures.
Buildings, buildings, and more buildings. There was just so much to see. The weather was awesome. The buildings were beautiful. The women were stunning.
I walked and walked...and then walked some more. Signs indicating where the sites are, are everywhere. No way to get lost. I was hoping to stay until it was dark as it seemed that there were lots of lights strung up around the River Walk. It would have been spectacular. But I had no energy left.
Maybe that was a good thing. I'm assuming it would be a very romantic place to be at night. It would remind me of Paris and walking along the Seine. Which reminds me.
Last night I watched the movie, "Paris, Je T'Aime". It wasn't one story, but about a dozen different "shorts",  about "love", in the most romantic city. It tied in nicely with what I said about love in my Valentine Day wish entry. Love means different things to each of us. We all fall in love differently. We show our love differently. We need love differently. Love is still a universal language, no matter how different it is to each and every one of us. Maybe it's because Love comes from the heart...and the soul.
I had a surprise when I got back. A comment was posted in my Valentine Day entry from a total stranger. It feels good to know that I can write something that connects with another human being. Louise Lewis did her own Journey and asked the people that she met what they thought the meaning of life was. Then wrote her own book. I don't mind. Originally I thought that was going to be what I was going to do. But somewhere along the way I realized that that wasn't my purpose here. My book about the Meaning of Life will have a different purpose.
Marc Benno sings "Alone in San Antone". I had such an amazing day that I don't feel like I was alone. Spirit was with me the whole day through.
Louise Lewis calls God "Spirit" in her book. I avoid using the term "God"  for the same reason. My message is universal in nature and non "God" believers are entitled to get the same message.
Think It! Feel It! Live It!
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