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The Alamo


San Antonio Skyline From Tower of the Americas

Market Square

Jammed a bunch of things in today because tomorrow there is a chance of off and on thunder storms. Parked at 10:40. Immediately caught a double decker sightseeing bus at Alamo Plaza. This appeared to be the same outfit I’ve used in other cities but this tour only lasted about an hour. Driver/guide was entertaining and as usual informative about the sights we were seeing.

After the tour walked a couple of blocks down Houston Street to have lunch at the Buckhorn Saloon. This would not be the place for a vegetarian to have lunch. Not only because of the menu but there is every kind of horned creature imaginable (deer, steer, sheep, moose, buffalo, etc.) mounted on the walls of the place.

Next up was a boat tour along the Riverwalk. Went in through the Shops at Rivercenter off of Alamo Plaza, which as quite a labyrinth for a first timer but eventually stumble upon the place I needed to be. This was a fun tour. The guide rattled off facts and jokes the entire 35-40 minute trip. According to the website the entire Riverwalk is nearly 15 miles but there is a core area in the downtown that has the shops and restaurants along it that is perhaps a mile or so. This was the area the tour primarily traveled.

After that I took a free tour of the Alamo. I was surprise how small the inside of the building was behind the façade you normally see. I doubt it was more than 3,000 square feet or so. However, there was a stone fence around a larger property that had some other buildings on it. Watched a film and check out some of the other buildings but I am becoming quite steeped in Texas history so I didn’t spend as much time w/ some of the displays that I otherwise might have.

Headed over to the Tower of the Americas. This is a 750-foot spire w/ a restaurant and observation deck at the top. It was built for the 1968 World’s Fair which was held in San Antonio. Spent 45 minutes or so at the top. There were surprisingly few people there given the price was only $13 (Space Needle was $37.50, is only 605 feet high, and it was packed). Admission price included a 4-D (don’t know) movie called “Skies Over Texas”. Used part of the Riverwalk to get back to Alamo Plaza and the parking lot I was in.

Got to the hotel around 6. Asked the desk clerk about some place to eat and he recommended La Margarita which was about 3 blocks north of the hotel in Market Square which was one of the stops on the bus tour earlier. It was an excellent recommendation and if you’re ever in San Antonio I would suggest stopping there for dinner.

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