San Antonio

Trip Start Mar 21, 2007
Trip End Mar 24, 2007

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

This morning we started out on the Mission Trail.  There are 5 missions in San Antonio, the most famous of which is the Alamo (also known as Mission San Antonio de Valero).  The other 4 are actually active churches.  The 5 missions were all built in the early 1700s by Franciscan monks who came to teach the local Indians about Catholicism and Spanish lifestyle.  The missions are each a few miles from each other, so we drove from one to another.  Since they all are active churches, the sanctuary portion of each mission is complete, but the remainder of each is in various stages of disrepair.  We found it interesting that many of the British ruins we visited last year were much older and in much better shape than the missions here.
After the missions, we had lunch with a friend of mine who is in medical school here.  Very nice to have some time with someone that I only see once in a blue moon.  We had a good time over some Texas barbecue.
The afternoon was spent at the San Antonio Zoo.   Pretty good, as zoos go.  They have a lot of bird exhibits, along with all of the standard zoo animals.  

For dinner we headed back to the Mexican marketplace.  We've learned that Emily is not a big fan of Mariachi bands.  The food, however, is quite good. 
We headed back downtown to the river walk after dinner.  We decided to take a boat tour, which was a nice break from walking.  I was surprised to learn that the river walk was built in the 1940s, but didn't really become a place to go until the late 1960s when it was extended for the World Fair.  Considering the crowds there tonight, it seems to be faring quite well.
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