Tuesday, January 21, 2014

San Antonio & The Alamo

JB's parents came down to visit this weekend and to celebrate "late Christmas". It's nice to have another celebration on tap after New Year's to combat any potential post-holiday blahs. :-) In addition to Christmas (which we celebrated on Monday/MLK Day), we also took a one-night side trip down to San Antonio! It was our very first time going, and we were stunned to discover it's truly less than 2.5 hours away. (I thought probably 3.5?) We would totally take day trips there!!! [My college roommate lives there, too! I can't wait for us to get together. :-)]

Fueled by Sbux, we set out Saturday morning. The kids played lots of Uno with Grandma and then Rainbow Loomed in the back of the van. :-)

We had to stop at Buc-ee's to show JB's parents the best rest stop/convenience store/gas station/deli/bakery/gift shop on earth. :-D Leave it to Texas to even have huge, famous, fabulous pit stops!!! Their bathrooms really are "the cleanest in America", and devotees have elevated Buc-ee's to cult status. It's a Texan must-see:

Upon arriving in San Antonio, we checked into the gorgeous Hotel Contessa before setting out to explore.
In front of the Bexar County Courthouse:
The San Fernando Cathedral was founded in 1731 and is the oldest, continuously functioning religious community in the State of Texas.
The remains of Travis, Bowie, Crockett and other Alamo Defenders in the cathedral:
Entering the Historic Market Square:
Lunching at Mi Tierra - a "visually dizzying place, hung with thousands of Christmas lights...one of the oldest, biggest, and best Tex-Mex restaurants in San Antonio" - LOVED their enchiladas verdes!
Beyoncé and a peacock Beyoncé!!!
Bull ridin'!!!
Rooftop pool back at the hotel:
Exploring & cruising the River Walk:
Girls with the Contessa :-D
IT'S THE ALAMO!!!!!!
Travis' "Victory or Death" letter monument:
Alamo relief map:
Crossing Travis' line in the sand:
Entering the church:
The well:
Cannon play!
Will ran into his (current this year!) classmate Zach in the Alamo gift shop!!! :-D
Thanks, Alamo. You are fascinating, (even if you don't really have a basement. ;-)) [Tell me *someone* gets that reference!]
More River Walk!
Lunching along the River Walk at Boudro's Texas Bistro (Texas tapas! Duck spring rolls!) with my best girl and a prickly pear margarita:
Boudro's boys:

5 comments:

  1. Okay, now I'm thinking I must plan a trip to San Antonio! My parents visited there many years ago and really enjoyed it. After sharing all this, you should work for their Chamber of Commerce! ;)

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  2. Ha, Tracey!!! :-D I *have* always thought I'd love to be a travel reporter!!! :-D

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  3. Pee wee's big adventure!
    One of the grad students from our research group was hired by Texas Lutheran last year. When he went down to interview, he bought a stuffed buc-ee at e gas station and it was his dissertation buddy, always watching while he wrote!

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  4. I've been to San Antonio a bunch of times for work, but sadly have only explored the Riverwalk area (which I totally loved too).

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