Tuesday, May 10, 2011

San Antonio Was Fun!

After I finished my Meals on Wheels deliveries on Friday, I came back home and finished packing and My Sweetie and I hit the road. We stopped right away for lunch and I had lobster bisque and a salad, which is a great way to start anything. The actual road trip part was pretty easy except for traffic jams in both Austin and San Antonio. It was fun playing with his satellite radio. The names of the stations are funny. One station is called "The Joint" and it plays reggae party music. And no, saying "reggae party" is not redundant because some reggae music is actually serious. Anyway, we had a pleasant surprise upon arrival to our hotel. I had booked a city view balcony room because that was the only option for a balcony room when I booked online, but we were offered a river view. That's my balcony there on the third floor:
We wandered around the Riverwalk Friday night and both totally lost our bearings. We never did know where we were. We finally found a place to eat dinner that wasn't a tourist chain and when we looked up from our table we realized our hotel was right across the river. That was funny, because we had no idea where we were.
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I was surprised at all the changes to the Riverwalk since 1988. It was pretty much all tourist chain restaurants, but worse than that was across from the Alamo, where scores of men died fighting for Texas, was a wax museum and a world record or believe it or not museum of hokey stuff. I thought that was disgraceful. It was at least very tacky.
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Anyway, we had fun on the Riverwalk. It was pretty crowded but not horribly so, although May is apparently The Time of Big Events. We saw idiotic bachelorette party girl groups at night wearing stupid hats and such and during the afternoon on Saturday, we saw several prom groups. There's a picture of one of those in the slideshow below. They were all very sweet and cute The picture of the five bells represents the original five Spanish missions of San Antonio, one of which was the Alamo.
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We had great food, enjoyed a great jazz band and had nice weather. I even got to hear street musicians sing MalagueƱa. The pretty girl on the left in the picture is singing it. I had never heard a woman sing it. She did a great job. It was a fun little vacation. Here are some pics:





11 comments:

emerrube said...

we were there a couple years ago. it was the first time either of us had been. we had a lot of fun. I don't remember the five bells, though. did you do one of those boat rides? we did and enjoyed the history.

Jocelyn said...

I haven't been there since around 1990, so I'm sure I'd be surprised by all the changes, too. Sounds like I need to get there again...especially to eat the food.

VioletSky said...

I have never been. I am visiting vicariously through you. (so I am expecially glad we had a fun time)

VioletSky said...

oops, maybe one too many beers..... eSpecially!

geewits said...

Em,
~~Yeah, I guess I forgot to say we took the water taxi cruise. I took the picture of the 5 bells from the boat, so you had to have passed them.

Jocelyn,
~~After your Turkey experience, San Antonio would probably seem like Six Flags or something, but with much better food!

VioletSky,
~~I think you would like it. I have a duck story and pictures "expecially" for you for another post.

cbeck said...

Getting lost on the riverwalk - We did that on our aniversary two years ago! After an hour of wandering around up and down and trying to avoid the construction, we finally caught a cab near midnight. "Back to our hotel" we asked him. After giving him the hotel name, he looked at us like we were crazy, drove us a few blocks down the street, and said, "this ones on me."

We still laugh about that. :)
Glad to know we are not the only ones that have some issues with "the walk"!

Lo said...

Great stories! Glad it was a fun time!!!

mrwriteon said...

I've always wanted to go there to do the Riverwalk among other things in that historic town.

lgsquirrel said...

Thanks for sharing. I know so little about Texas and San Antonio, so this was all very fascinating. You look like great and having fun.

Water always fascinates me so I gotta ask; "Is the river clean enough that one might swim in it?"

Jazz said...

Now that Blogger is allowing me to actually post a comment, looks like a great mini vacation. Best comment about jazz (heard last week in a pastry shop):

One clerk to the other: I hate jazz, it has too many notes.

geewits said...

cbeck,
~~The directories are not helpful either. We were fine the second night.

Lo,
~~Thanks!

Jazz,
~~It was nice. Too many notes? That's a line from Amadeus.