San Antonio Mini-Vacation - Part III

Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
Trip End May 14, 2010

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Day 3. We couldn't leave San Antonio without visiting The Alamo. So, today was the day.

It was kinda small. I also didn't expect it to be smack dab in the middle of downtown. I somewhat expected it to be out in the middle of nowhere, kind of like the other missions. But nope--it's right across the street of Ripley's Believe It or Not. Come to find out, it makes sense, because the city was built around the mission, and has erupted into the urban jungle it is now. But historians have preserved the beauty and histoy of the original mission.
Location and size aside, it was actually very cool. We even sat in on a storyteller talk, led by Dave the tourguide. His story was both captivating and informative. We learned that we visited San Antonio at the right time--it's Texas' independence day, when the battle over the Alamo was pivotal.

After seeing what we needed to see in the Alamo, we walked around downtown for a while. We got some ice cream and meandered down to the tourist-favorite San Antonio Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is nearly cut down into the middle of the city. On either side of the river, restuarants and shops lure tourists. Even in the river itself, visitors sit in riverboats that patrol up and down the Walk. We thought we'd treat ourselves to a boat tour. But it's no Venice. No romantic gondolas. Just loud, obnoxious barges that don't show us anything we can't see by walking up and down the sidewalks ourselves. So.. we saved our money. But the Riverwalk really was beautiful.
We scouted out a place for dinner, then took a city trolley across town to the Spanish Market, where we browsed the seemingly endless displays of Mexican and Spanish souvenirs.
As the sun set and our tummies rumbled, we took our trolley back to the Riverwalk where we enjoyed some classic Tex-Mex meals.

We called it a day. It was a lovely day with even more lovely weather. It capped up a really fantastic three-day tour of the city. Kelsey was especially pleased. I tend to be more a homebody in general, so the fact that we spent the majority of our time out and about was much more fulfilling. But she also did a wonderful job planning things for us to do. We may not be able to see every city like this, but it's days like these that particularly remind us that we have one of the coolest jobs in the world.
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