A Taste of Texas ~ San Antonio

The bare arid land cut by the highway crossing southern Texas is now thick with prickly cactus, low shrubs, and hardy trees.

Driving towards El Paso, I’m reflecting on our time in San Antonio. It wasn’t a lengthy visit, but a memorable one. The day’s experiences float in my mind; here are some highlights:

~ Walking through the Alamo, where Texans and Tejanos fought for their freedom.

~ Waking up feeling rested in the supposedly haunted Emily Morgan Hotel. Rumour has it, according to the hotel’s concierge, that the hotel is visited by unrestful spirits, who hover by the Alamo, located adjacent.

Legend has it that Emily Morgan, the Yellow Rose of Texas, was a Texan spy that helped distract the Mexican president as Texans staged an attack and paved the way towards independence.

~ Dining on The Riverwalk on Texas-style (read: large) servings of guacamole, margaritas, peach cobbler topped with whipped cream. Constructed in 1941, The Riverwalk reminded me of a Jurassic Park ride, except in my scene, I was a prehistoric creature watching boats, filled with people, glide along the lazy San Antonio River.

~ Visiting the San Antonio Museum of Art. Greek mythology and an Aphrodite exhibition was the order of the afternoon. Did you know that Aphrodite is derived from the Ancient Greek word “aphros” meaning “foam” – the very substance from which this goddess emerged from the sea?

Enjoy the pictures!

Sunrise over San Antonio’s downtown – seen from 14th floor of Emily Morgan Hotel

Emily Morgan Hotel

The Riverwalk

Texan peach cobbler

At the Alamo

Greek goddess; Marcus Aurelius in the background at San Antonio Museum of Art

Along US I 10, heading West


24 thoughts on “A Taste of Texas ~ San Antonio

  1. You are really giving me the sense of the immense size of the United States. I have to say that it is hard to imagine ghosts in a 14 storey hotel – I guess I imagine them to be floating around the Alamo rather than reception at the Emily Morgan:)

    • Hi Adrian! It’s been a grand trip so far and something I could do forever, and ever! I love seeing and feeling new places. The peach cobbler is quite the show stopper – calories and all! Thanks!

    • Thanks Gabriele – it was a short stay though San Antonio seems quite compact. of course, i have had a taste and now I’d like to go back for their food show – next year I believe πŸ™‚ That would be great! I am glad to have given an idea to you of the city πŸ™‚

  2. This brings back memories for me. I was in San Antonio many years ago and I thought then it was so beautiful and full of history and culture. The river winding through the city is so gorgeous!
    Beautiful images, Marina!

    • Thank you so much Karen! Every city is worthy of a few days of visit at least, and this was a teaser for me. I am looking forward to exploring more of the Riverwalk – apparently Xmas is a great time to visit.

    • It’s a lovely and peaceful city – the Riverwalk is like a hidden part of a forest in San Antonio. Maybe a visit for Xmas, when the lights and carolers brighten the space? Thanks so much!

  3. Oh, you are having a great time, I see! Well done. I had to laugh at your description of the River Walk boat ride–very apt. πŸ™‚ Have you had biscuits and gravy for breakfast yet? That’s really big in the South!

    • I am glad you could identify with the Jurassic Park ride. Those River boats look to be uncanny replicas of the park ones. We did have biscuits and gravy – in Raleigh and New Orleans. I’ll be writing up a few more detailed posts and will include some words and details about the biscuits πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  4. When I hear El Paso it always associates to me with Old del Paso fajitas πŸ˜‰ I love going to the museums! I love the peacefulness and quietness! The skyline looks impressive, love the colours of the sky!

    • Yes, and the tacos in El Paso were excellent – better than in the store! San Antonio was really peaceful – but there were people around. Just a scattering of them . Such a contrast to NY or London!

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