Sunday, January 6, 2013

San Antonio, Texas

We are in San Antonio, Texas for 5 days on our way back to Florida.  We spent the afternoon of the first day at a timeshare type presentation for Wyndham Vacation Resorts.  We were told that it would be 90 minutes, but it ended up another hour after that.  Needless to say that we did not buy a membership, as we didn't have an extra $88,000 + $181. a month.  We did go to the top of the Tower of the Americas, which was built in 1968 for the World's Fair.  We had some great views of the city.  We also had a nice lunch at the Guadalajara Grill in the La Vallita section of town.
One day we also visited the Cathedral of San Fernando, and saw a wedding in progress.  It is quite a beautiful cathedral.  We also visited the Mission of San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo in San Antonio, built in 1720, which is like a church and a military fort.  There are 100 rooms for the Indians who are learning to become Catholics, high walls protecting everyone inside, the mission and all the quarters for the mission's priests and staff.  It is quite a large place.
Finally, we took a tour of SAS shoes. (San Antonio Shoes)  This is the only brand of shoes Debbie will wear because by wearing them, Debbie no longer has back problems.  She had 7 pairs and purchased another pair after the tour.  What would a visit to San Antonio be without visiting the Alamo and the Riverwalk.  We visited both and had a great time while in San Antonio.
Our campsite at San Antonio KOA
The Tower of the Americas
A view of downtown San Antonio
A Mayan sculpture believed to be 750 years old
Debbie was pooped, so we hired a rickshaw to take us to La Vallita
Everyone likes Tequilla
Inside the Guadalajara Grill
The Cathedral of San Fernando

The Wedding inside the Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral are the remains of the Alamo Heros

The walls surrounding the Mission of San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo

The rear view of the mission
One of the four areas where the Indians resided
The front of Mission San Jose
One of the many stoves used by the Indians
The Altar inside the mission

The view from just inside the front door
A barge on the San Antonio Riverwalk
One of the many restaurants along the river
A Christmas Tree on one of the islands

Going under one of the many bridges
Just a beautiful 45 minute ride
Debbie at the Alamo
One side of the Alamo Monument
Another side of the Alamo Monument
The front of the Alamo Monument
The SAS Shoe factory store & Debbie with her new shoes
This is one large store
The SAS kitchen, warm cookies, free coffee & 5 cent popcorn
The Studebaker is part of the interior of the SAS store
They sell SAS clothing too!
The SAS Ice Cream Parlor
So many wonderful displays
A Studebaker truck just inside the entrance

SAS Shoes, just a great nostalgic place to visit


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