San Antonio, Texas

I drove from Amarillo to San Antonio a couple of weeks ago to attend a really great conference for high school journalists and their teachers: the Texas Association of Journalism Educators Fall Fiesta. Despite the eight hour drive, I still haven’t passed up an opportunity to spend a little time in San Antonio. There are many things to do there, and there’s so much culture, but there’s no denying that the River Walk holds a special place for the city’s visitors. As nighttime approached, I walked down to the waterway and made a beeline for some Texas-style BBQ.

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The next morning, I wandered back down to the Alamo with the whole day in front of me. I had no solid plans — until I saw the City Sightseeing double decker bus. Touristy? Totally. Do I really care? Nope. I’ve done this in other cities across the world, and it’s always fun. I don’t have to drive, and it takes me to places I haven’t seen. Here are a few obligatory “I’m sitting on top of a double decker bus” photos.

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Okay, enough of that. The first stop was San Antonio’s Museum of Art. The collections are really great (I enjoyed its Asian art, in particular), and I’ll spare you a bunch of photos of museum exhibits. But here are a couple, anyway.

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The Pearl Brewery is also on the bus tour and is a lively spot. You’ll find food, shopping, history and culture here.

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The Spanish Governor’s Palace is a National Historic Landmark and boasts a really nice courtyard that invites visitors to stay awhile and rest in the shade.

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Is there anyone who doesn’t visit Market Square for a few minutes during a trip to San Antonio? I’m not much of a shopper, but I usually get over there during my visits just to stroll down the main alley and soak up the energy.

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Fess up time: I didn’t actually go into Hemisfair Park and get a bird’s eye view of the city from the Tower of the Americas. I have made it abundantly clear on this blog that I don’t like high places. Maybe next time….

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And what trip to San Antonio would be complete without a visit to the Alamo? Seriously — I feel like I learn something new every time I visit. It’s worth fighting the crowds and the “ugh, tourists” mentality.

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Bonus Photos!

There’s an Old Spanish Trail zero milestone marker outside of City Hall.

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