Touring San Antonio

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Today has been a busy day so far. After a hearty breakfast at the Courtyard, we drove to the house where I lived the first 2 years of my life. The old photos I have of the house show it in its new and pristine condition. The addition of iron bars on the windows and a wrought iron railing on the porch really take away from the original architecture of the house. Oh well, it just shows how much things change over time. There is now a large mall behind the house, so it is not the neighborhood it used to be. The Neidert’s house next door is in better shape. Really, considering the presence of the mall, the neighborhood does not look too bad.

Next we visited Mission San Jose. It is now owned by the National Park system and has been well restored and maintained. It has a beautiful church with a nice sanctuary. It reminds me of the California missions. There are 5 missions in San Antonio including this one and the Alamo.

Our final trek for the morning / afternoon was to explore the San Antonio Riverwalk and to visit the Alamo. The Alamo was predictably very crowded, so we mostly took a few photos and then left. There was a popular exhibit showing how to make a Bowie knife, and it was creating long lines in the Alamo itself, so we did not hang around. The stoll along the Riverwalk was very pleasant. We continue to have magnificent weather.

Tonight we plan to eat at the Bell family’s favorite Mexcan restaurant - Karam’s Mexcan Dining Room. I have not eaten here in about 25 years. I have sent a few of my friends here for Mexican food when they were visiting the area, and they report that it is still a great dining experience. We’ll see...

© Karen Bell 2012