Remember the Alamo!

Trip Start Dec 27, 2011
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Trip End Jul 19, 2013


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Our Texas adventure continued south, and we found ourselves in San Antonio, home of the Alamo. Again, we were only here for one full day, so this will be a short entry.

We arrived around lunchtime, after leaving Dallas very early in the morning, so Wednesday afternoon was a write-off for us. We are not good at early mornings!

On Thursday, we took the hotel shuttle bus downtown, which conveniently dropped us off outside Fogo de Chao, a Brazillian restaurant very much like Texas de Brazil. After stuffing ourselves on the all you can eat buffet (and Olly on the never-ending supply of meats), we headed off to explore.

Much like Dallas, downtown San Antonio was really easy to navigate, and everything was in walking distance. Our first stop was the Alamo, the site of the famous Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. Although it was very well preserved, and the displays were very informative, Olly and I both felt like this was a piece of history that wasn't quite as relevant to us as many of the other historical sites we have visited. Much of the information is assumed or inferred, as the battle took place so long ago and no accurate records were ever kept. It was nice to visit though, and the gift shop was very impressive! Although I couldn't persuade Olly to buy a Davy Crockett hat!

Our next stop was the Mexican Market, which was a huge disappointment! It had great reviews online, but I can only assume the reviewers visited at the weekend, as it was totally dead when we went, and instead of selling genuine Mexican handicrafts, every stall or shop just sold mass produced tat!

We were starting to feel slightly beaten down by the heat and humidity by now, so we made a beeline for the Riverwalk - a shady mile-long walk along the riverbank, set below the street and lined with bars and restaurants. We found a restaurant with an extended Happy Hour, and took advantage of the $3 margaritas. The Riverwalk was really nice and there were lots of people sitting round escaping the heat, or taking boat tours up and down the river.

After having our fill of tequila, we called the hotel, who sent someone to collect us, and headed back to pack up once again.

Tomorrow morning we are leaving to go to New Orleans, which is one of the places I have really been looking forward to. My favourite author, Anne Rice, was born and raised there, and lots of her books are set in New Orleans, so I am looking forward to seeing some of the places that she writes about.

Hope you are all well. Wish you were here!

Helen. xx
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