......history and culture
Just a few miles down the interstate from Grandma J is the second oldest city in the
Now, Grandma J loves taking visitors to San Antonio, and share some of the wonderful historical and cultural sites. So, of course, her grandsons had this venue high on their list of places to see...because one of them visited San Antonio when he was three years old, and couldn't wait to return, and share the experience with his brother.
This picture was taken from the Riverwalk tour boat. There are two natural rivers, The Guadalupe River, The San Antonio River and some man made stuff that run through the city of San Antonio. Coincidentally, they envelope a mall.....something Grandma J considers divine intervention.
Here is another shot from the boat tour. Along with plush gardens, several historical buildings, museums, and Hooter's line the walkways. Oh, and of course the mall and a zillion hotels and restaurants.
The boys couldn't wait to get to the Alamo....and it was our first stop in San Antonio, even before the Riverwalk.
Grandma J and the boys enjoyed two informative, historical presentations. One out in the courtyard by someone who has a very vivid and detailed account of the battle at the Alamo, and the subsequent defeat of Gen. Santa Ana by Sam Houston. The second presentation was held in the original long barracks. It was a slide presentation mirroring the oratory in the courtyard, with air conditioning.
Grandma J took this photo of the boys outside the long barracks, which is where all the Texianos died, including Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.
Because it was hot outside, and Grandma J wanted to get over to the mall.....some pictures were taken in front of artificial backdrops....like this one.
And of course a trip isn't complete without a photo op with a statue of one of Santa Ana's Mexican soldiers......in the lobby of the IMAX theatre in the mall.
Does Grandma J look like she's been through the wringer or what?
We can't let a visit to Texas pass us by without exercising our freedom of doing whatever we want while the parents are a zillion miles away!
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