Bienvenido a San Antonio

Trip Start Jul 30, 2010
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Trip End Aug 01, 2010


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Friday, July 30, 2010

I arrived in San Antonio around 10 a.m. where Andy was waiting on me at the airport. We cabbed it to our hotel, the Holiday Inn Riverwalk.  Andy booked a room with a balcony on the riverside.  We were on the 5th floor, which was nice because we could see the river from the balcony but didn't feel like folks were walking by our room all the time.  If we'd been on one of the highest floors, I'm not sure how much of the view of the river would have been blocked by the trees.  http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/san-antonio/SATRW/hoteldetail

We unpacked, took a few minutes to re-energize, (we both were going on little sleep and had been up since wee hours of the morning), and hit the riverwalk. Our first stop would be a light bite for lunch before we took a river barge tour to get acquainted with our surroundings.  Rita's on the River looked like a fun place to have our first meal.  Despite the heat, patio dining on the river would be our modus operandi during our entire stay in this beautiful San Antonio.  I love Mexican food but I have to admit, by Sunday I wanted something other than chips and salsa.  After grazing on chips and salsa, we split a plate of some yummy tex mex and drank plenty of water to fuel up for a river cruise.

Starting our weekend in San Antonio on the river barge cruise was a perfect way to learn some things about the riverwalk and some of its more notable buildings.  Our tour guide wasn't the most informative - I heard other guides who seemed to know (or tell) more history and interesting facts, but we learned enough to know what was going on.  These barges were always full and seemed to operate tours non-stop. They also offered dinner cruises. http://www.riosanantonio.com/

After we landed back on the riverwalk, we made our way to Hemisphere Park. The walk up and down the riverwalk was so enjoyable.  There is so much to take in - people, ducks, birds, flowers, trees, food, music, shops, buildings, sculptures and culture.  And of course, the river.

I discovered I was afraid of heights in Chicago when we went up in the SkyDeck of the Willis Tower, so I had to turn away from the window of the elevator as we made our ascent to the top of the Tower of Americas.  Thankfully, I was able to enjoy the breathtaking views of San Antonio once we were standing in the crown of the tower. 

We walked back to the hotel after our tour of Hemisphere Park to take a cat nap and get ready for our special dinner at Biga on the Banks. Our reservation was for 7 and we requested a table on the balcony overlooking the river.  Because of the warmer temperatures, everyone else elected to dine inside the restaurant, but we were very pleased with our choice to be outside.  We had the balcony all to ourselves and the sun was going down so the evening was more than pleasant. We got to share our experience with a crane of some sort that was perched on a nearby tree.  The food was delectable and we had to leave room for Biga's famous dessert - Sticky Toffee Pudding with English Custard. YUM!  http://www.biga.com/

The walk back to the hotel was a perfect way to walk off that sticky pudding. 

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