Unexpected Delight!

Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
Trip End Jun 30, 2010

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Dixie Kampground

Flag of United States  , Texas
Monday, March 8, 2010

Expecting very little and serving up so much, was the state of Texas. Expecting wild west, barren land and cowboys, we were completely surprised and delighted when we arrived in San Antonio.

We arrived on the Monday and checked into Dixie Campground. The owners here were lovely and couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. This must be what the good old Southern hospitality is all about. We checked into the park and then caught the bus into town. We headed over to the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is a long section of San Antonio river that runs through the middle of the City. Over the years it has been done up with paved walkways added that run along both sides of the river. There is a big section of the river that is lined by restaurants and bars. This section is absolutely buzzing throughout the day and night. Morgan and I took a stroll along here and found a cute little sports bar that served up yummy beers and burgers. We sat here and people watched for a few hours before heading to the Imax theater up the road. We saw Alice in Wonderland. What a brilliant film.
The next day we headed to Market Square for a bit of shopping. The merchants mainly sold jewellery, Tex Mex sauces and spices, vanilla, leather, novelty t-shirts and lots of Mexican arts and crafts. We had lunch at a Mexican restaurant called Mi Tierra. The Mexican food there was great and the restaurant was colourfully decorated from top to bottom. There was not one spot on the ceiling were colourful streamers and glittery tinsel didn’t cover! After lunch we headed back to the riverwalk and went for a long stroll along the river. It was beautiful sunny day so it was lovely to stroll along in the sun. Many people jogged past us, it looked like a popular spot for joggers. After a few hours we realised we were infact walking away from the main riverwalk setion so we caught the water taxi which runs up and down the river and caught it to the bustling riverwalk restaurant area. We got off and had drinks at a bar on the river called Ibiza Bar.
On our last day in San Antonio we visited the Alamo, which is San Antonio’s first Spanish mission. It’s famous for the 1836 Battle of Texas Independence in which Davy Crockett, among others, fought and died for their independence. 

Before hitting the road and heading North to Austin we stopped at a whole in the wall restaurant called Chatmans Chicken. All I wanted was to try some traditional Southern Fried Chicken and that’s exactly what we got. I had lemon pepper chicken and Morgan being a whole lot more adventous then me tried the gizzards and livers. Whilst I am normally willing to try most things at least once, I drew the line here! The sides deserve a mention, we tried the fried okra, corn fritters and potoatoe salad.  I’m sure I put on weight just looking at the meal. And so it was that we left San Antonio with full bellies and a great impression.
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