Texas: San Antonio

It's May.  Already.  However, Mother Nature doesn't seem to know this.  The weather in Wisconsin is crazy.  We've had winter weather forever (it snowed in April!), followed by a taste of Spring.  Easter weekend it was almost 70 degrees and sunny. Today it's cold, rainy and dreary and has been this way for days. I'm over it. I really think the weather affects my moods.

Last week I was in Texas for work and the weather was gorgeous.  My allergies calmed down the moment I landed in Austin.  I was lucky enough to make a stop in San Antonio on my way to Corpus Christi.  I've always wanted to see San Antonio.  It did not disappoint.  My only complaint was not having more time to play tourist, but I did take in quite a bit during my three hour visit.

I paid twenty bucks to park a few blocks from the Alamo and walked over to check out the sights.  I thought about paying to tour this fortress, but it happened to be Air Force Day and a ceremony was in progress.  There were hundreds of men and women in uniform seated in rows in the street, and the spectators were dressed in Spanish costumes. Some of the women wore vibrant red hats and white dresses and the men not in uniform wore cowboy hats and boots.  I loved people watching.  Several Hispanic gentleman wore sombreros and suits with frilly white shirts.  It was lovely.

Next I walked over to the Riverwalk and it was love at first sight. The San Antonio River winds along the city's architecture.  There are restaurants with sidewalk seating, stunning palm trees and greenery along the Riverwalk and fun shops to find the most unique tourist wares.  I had lunch at Rita's, a delicious Mexican restaurant that serves margaritas as big as your head.  The fajita's were delicious!  I loved watching all the tourists walking along as I dined outside.  The best part was the mariachi band that came over to serenade the diners.

San Antonio Riverwalk

Beautiful San Antonio River

Fajitas at Rita's

There was quite a bit of action, too, as people were getting ready for a boat parade that evening.  I thought about staying longer to check it out, but when I asked the locals about it they advised that traffic would be a nightmare with all the people coming into the city.  Instead, I decided to check out the other missions.  Because they all closed at 5 p.m. I wasn't able to tour the inside of each one, but I walked the grounds and took in the traditional Spanish architecture.  It is stunning.  There are five, including the Alamo, and they were established by Catholic religious orders to spread Christianity among the local natives.

In geographical order from the north to the south:

Remember the Alamo!

Mission Concepcion

Mission San Jose

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission Espada

Even though the forecast called for rain and thunderstorms it was nothing but sunshine for my day in the city.  It was a little humid at 80 degrees but I enjoyed every minute. I am truly grateful to work for my company.  The opportunity to travel and see other parts of the country is priceless. Stay tuned for my Corpus Christi adventures!

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