San Antonio is a wonderful, vibrant community in south-central Texas, one of the three largest metropolitan areas in the state, alongside Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. It has the special charm of its Spanish colonial history, which includes the Alamo, the four other missions south of the city, San Fernando Cathedral, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, and El Mercado – touted as the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico – among other sites. There’s also the world-famous Riverwalk, a below-street-level pedestrian walkway skirting both sides of the San Antonio River, which has been gently channeled through the heart of downtown. Following the Riverwalk from any point to point – whether to hotels, restaurants, shopping or other tourist locations – or simply ambling aimlessly, taking in the sights, is a delight like no other.
Marge and I and the girls have been coming here, off-and-on, since we first moved to Fort Worth in 1988. Once we discovered Amtrak had a very user-friendly daily connection from Fort Worth, we’ve been taking advantage of it ever since, typically at least once a year on the Martin Luther King long weekend in January, but also John always rides the train to San Antone for the TMEA (Texas Music Education Association) annual meetings there in February. If you haven’t “done” San Antonio, you must!
Our Hotel: The Riverwalk Plaza Hotel, 100 Villita Street
Views from Our Hotel Balcony
Downtown San Antonio Buildings
San Fernando Cathedral
The Spanish Governor’s Palace
The Edward Steves House [Quite a Bit Reminiscent of 113]
The Guenther House and Pioneer Flour Mill
The Rose Window – A San Antonio Icon
Along the Riverwalk…
Again, From Our Hotel Balcony…
The Live Oak at the Alamo – Planted in 1912
Alexander Calder Stabile A Sudden Windstorm!
And Of course, Food, Glorious Food!