Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Long Live San Antonio, the Riverwalk, and the Alamo

Now that I've gotten the farting horses of San Antonio story from yesterday's post out of my system, I'll move on to some more pleasant things about that fair city.

We stayed at a hotel I've grown to love more and more, the St. Anthony's. It is 102 years old and is beautifully renovated, although it still retains its yesteryear feel. It's been the place to stay for decades of Hollywood royalty, real life royalty, and military heroes.

The entryway

John Wayne was a frequent guest.

As were Princess Grace and Prince Ranier.

Audie Murphy had extended stays here.

Even the Governator and Maria were here, in happier times.

The interior is lush and elegant. I like to pretend I am one of those old time glamorous stars when I walk through these halls.

This is not me pretending to be glamorous, but it is a regal statue near the lobby.

Just across the street is a park with several cannons from the Civil War. I thought about firing one off, but didn't want to cause too big of a commotion. It was already HOTTTTTT at 9 AM.

Just a couple of blocks over is the Riverwalk, which used to be an ugly, muddy river through the center of San Antonio and has now been reborn into a lovely, romantic attraction, complete with gently floating riverboats, soft nighttime lighting, and mariachis.

You can rent a riverboat for your own private meal.

Or you can join a random group of other folks for a leisurely tour through the heart of downtown.

Many little ducks call the river their home and seem to be fine sharing it with the rest of us.

Sometimes Turkish men who play the Scottish bagpipes also call the Riverwalk home.

And then, just two blocks from the hotel, the piese de resistance of San Antonio, the cradle of Texas liberty, the Alamo. It's actual size seems tiny in comparison to its history and to the size of the buildings around it.

This is the Long Barraks of the Alamo, dwarfed by a nearby building.

This is a tranquil walkway inside the Alamo compound. It's present peacefulness belies the bloodshed and violence it was once home to.

It's been 175 years since that storied battle was fought.

And  military men and women still travel there to commemorate special occaisions, such as the change of command ceremony the Army hosted.

I like to think that hopefully, in that 175 years, we've learned a little something about peace in that place where most of the defenders died in battle or were executed. Bowie, Travis, Crockett and all the others who gave up their lives so many years ago would want nothing less, I think.


  1. So glad you had a nice time. It's so nice to get away and be young again with your husband.

    I went to the Alamo when I was a kid, I remember a little, but I think I'd get more out of it today!

  2. I was in San Antonio in February a few years back and it was freezing. We did visit the Alamo and the Riverwalk all very unique. I wish I would have known about that beautiful hotel, I love the older hotels with history and their unique style and glamour! Other than those gassy fannies it sounds like you had a great time!


  3. I had no idea that San Anton was such a beautiful city, Shelly. Isn't it wonderful when a dirty, run-down part of a city is transformed into a clean, inviting family and tourist friendly place? I admit that I envisioned the Alamo as much larger than what these pictures reveal. The St. Anthony's is spectacular. I'm told that when the Governator checked out he uttered the now famous words "I'll be back."

  4. Shelly, since your blog isn't moderated please check your previous post. Sush and I didn't get it in our blog streams until this afternoon and we left comments on it.

  5. Jamie: There's definitely a lot more to the Alamo than what they tell you as a kid. Maybe you'll get to take your family there someday!

    Sush: I think you would love the St. Anthony's- and yes, I remember how very cold it was there in Feb., unseasonably so. Just remember to avoid the horses the next time you go!

    Shady: I am proud of San Antonio and their efforts to make it into a nice destination. I wish other cities in Texas would take note and do the same. I cracked up at your last line!


  6. You know, I've heard nothing but good about San Antonio. I honestly think, given these pics, taht this might be my next vacation spot. Seriously. What a beautiful area.


  7. Pearl: I so hope you can visit it- it's got so many different things to see and tour, including the historic PEARL beer factory! Really, there are neat things to see and it's a pretty laid back city, so it's a good place to just relax and soak in the flavor.

  8. I love that hotel. What a lovely vacation!

  9. I went to the Alamo as a child a child but remember nothing of it.

    What I do remember is the movie Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure in which he went in search of the Alamo. Silly.

    Maybe it's time to visit San Antonio again. Your pics are just lovely!

  10. Missed Periods: It really is gorgeous. The rooms are very large, as well, and the closets are bigger than some hotel bathrooms.

    Crystal: San Antonio has really grown tremendously in the last 10 years or so, and it's got so many things to see. Pee Wee Herman and Ozzy Osborne relieving himself on the Alamo are what many people still associate with San Antonio!

  11. I was also unaware that it was such a beautiful place. Your pictures were awesome.

  12. Odie: Thanks! There is so much to see around there-

  13. Nuna: To me, it is simply beautiful-

  14. Omg the bagpiper is not Turkish! lol hes Hispanic and his name is Michael Santos, hes my husband :)


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