This is my first travel blog so please bear with me. I left Reagan National Airport at 2PM and arrived in San Antonio around 8:30 PM. Met my girlfriend at the car rental office, drove to our resort hotel, checked in and watched the final innings of the World Series. It was a long day with the one hour time difference and changing planes in Charlotte, NC. Think I could have flown to the Caribbean and still get there in quicker time!
November 1, 2009
My first day of sightseeing in San Antonio. Took the hotel shuttle to the IMAX theatre at Rivercenter Mall to watch a film about “The Alamo” based on the concierge’s recommendations.
This film gave graphic detail about the battle between the Mexican army and the Texans to take control of the Alamo. Needless to say, I hid behind my tour book as I cannot stand to watch horror. The gist of the story was to show the brave and courageous acts of these men who willingly sacrificed their lives for the Alamo.
Pinatas at the bakery at Mi Tierra
We then took a trolley ($1.10 plus .15 for a transfer ticket) from Rivercenter Mall (yellow trolley) to Market Square to have lunch at Mi Tierra Mexican restaurant. The food and atmosphere at this restaurant was just awesome. It was much more than I expected. This restaurant had it’s own bakery with freshly baked Spanish goodies. To the side were a bar and the other side the restaurant which had about three sections plus the patio.
It was so beautifully decorated with tons of colorful piñatas and Christmas shimmering. We even got serenaded by two hombres with guitars! Outside of the restaurant on Produce Row, there were several stages with many Spanish dancers dressed in Halloween masks. The whole area was very festive ….made me feel like I was in Mexico! After browsing around the shops, it was time to head back to the hotel for the evening activities. Took the trolley again, using the transfer ticket, and was dropped off at Rivercenter Mall where we boarded our hotel shuttle back to the hotel.
My girlfriend wanted to visit John Hagee’s church, Cornerstone Church, so we went and attended the evening service. We were disappointed that the senior Pastor Hagee was not preaching that night but did enjoy the sermon given by his son, Matthew.
November 2, 2009
Our second day of sightseeing in San Antonio. Again took the hotel shuttle to The Alamo. Toured the complex and watched a short free video (not gory as the one at the IMAX but more detail about how the Alamo was won over by Texas) located in the barracks section of the complex. We then visited the gift shop and picked up a few souvenir items to take home. We then went for lunch in Rivercenter Mall and took a boat ride along the river. It was nice to sit and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the river walk with it’s numerous quaint restaurants and hotels lining the riverbanks. After the boat ride, we walked over to the Tower of the Americas and went to the Chart House Restaurant (a revolving restaurant at the top of the tower) to have a drink and some appetizers (it was happy hour time 4-7).
By then it was dusk and the city was beginning to light up. What a spectacular view and no charge to see the observation deck with dinner/happy hour. Prices during the happy hour were very reasonable too. On the way out, we found out that they have a free simulator movie in 3 and 4D..the ride was awesome…watch out for the snake! After leaving the Tower of the Americas, we headed to Howl on the Moon on Crockett Street. We had a coupon from the hotel for two free admissions. This was just a local beer joint with some guys playing the piano based on selections from the audience. We were very disappointed as we thought this was an upscale, classy lounge with performers. Oh well, it’s already 10 PM and time to head back to the hotel. Don’t think we could have squeezed in anything more in this one day. Saw and enjoyed a lot in just two days! Would highly recommend a visit to this little quaint town of San Antonio, Texas during the fall/winter/spring. Heard it’s like an oven in the summer. Temperatures were in the mid seventies and cooled down quite a bit in the evenings….just perfect!
Tower of the Americas with Revolving Chart House Restaurant and Observation deck
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