San Antonio - Texas - Remember the Alamo!

Trip Start Jun 23, 2007
Trip End Jul 11, 2007

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Friday, June 29, 2007

San Antonio greeted us with a bright sunny day.  Famous for its River Walk, the Alamo and it's Tejano culture, San Antonio has much to offer but time wasn't on our side.  So we went for the 2 must-do, River Walk and The Alamo.  Transportation is a cinch there, as public trams or trolley are abundance.  We hopped on a trolley which brought us right to the heart of the city.

The jewel of the city is the River Walk, which meanders through the downtown area. Lined with numerous shops, bars, and restaurants, as well as the Arneson River Theater, this attraction is transformed into an impressive festival of lights during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, and is suffused with the local sounds of folklorico and flamenco music during the summer, particularly during celebrations such as the Fiesta Noche del Rio. Also based along the River Walk is the newly restored Aztec On The River, the only surviving exotic-themed movie palace in Texas.

The Alamo, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, now a museum.  It's a story of defiance by a group of 189 men that stood in defense at the old mission against the army of 4000 merciless Mexicans.  The Mexican laid seige on the Alamo for 13days.  The defenders were all killed in the final assault on the garrison.  One of them was my childhood hero, Davy Crockett.  Since then, the cry "Remember the Alamo!" became the rallying point of the Texas Revolution.  As I stood on the hallowed ground of the fortress compound, the echoes of the thunderous past engulf me with impetus tenacity.  I could hear it in my mind, the roar of canons and smelled the gunpower from the muskets rounds.  I was totally spellbound by the atmosphere at The Alamo.  

As we have been away from home for a little while now, we began to crave for some familiar food.  So we sat down at a food court and ordered chinese fast food, BIG MISTAKE!  I never knew before that day, that anyone could screw up a chinese meal as bad as that; it's sacrilegious!  But we did get our sustenance, and that's that. We slept like babies that night.

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