My San Antonio Top 5, Texas ~ Road Trip Series, Part 5

A few months ago, I passed through San Antonio in Texas. The bad news is that because we were on a cross country road trip, we’d only managed to stay overnight, and half of the next day. The good news is that this made it easy for me to scribe my top 5. This list is adapted from the etchings of my memory. Enjoy!

# 5  The San Antonio Museum of Art: I love to visit museums, and especially appreciate those with manageable, and varied, collections of antiquities, paintings, and sculpture.

Wreath of laurel leaves and berries - Greek, 4th -1st Century BC

Wreath of laurel leaves and berries – Greek, 4th -1st Century BC

Torso of a Woman, and Marcus Aurelius - Roman AD 140-150

Torso of a Woman, and Marcus Aurelius – Roman AD 140-150

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"Double Scramble" (1968 by American, Frank Stella

“Double Scramble” (1968 by American, Frank Stella

# 4 Stopping by The Alamo: it’s the site of heroism and freedom encapsulated.

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DSC_0979PS# 3 Lunching is always a highlight. Luckily in Texas they eat big… This spot is located along the city’s famed Riverwalk.

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Guacamole

Guacamole

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

DSC_0932PSDSC_0931PSDSC_0933PSDSC_0925PS# 1 Being greeted to the warmest day since we left New York City in October, 2012. Wide quiet streets, palms, flowers, and the warm sun couldn’t have been more of a contrast to the weather we had left behind in the Big Apple. It felt good.

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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