Tuesday, March 15, 2011

San Antonio part 1

 Last weekend Sweet Man and I were lucky enough to tag along with some of close friends for a little mini-vacation getaway. Here are a few memories:


 We stayed on the Riverwalk and the majority of our time was spent eating or walking somewhere to eat or walking back from somewhere to eat. 
As you can imagine I had no problem with this.
The Blanco Cafe was our brunch stop the first morning in SA. Everything was yummy yummy.
I was the odd one out because I ate pancakes.

I enjoyed being on the Riverwalk early in the day when it wasn't so crowded, and the weather was dreamy and perfect.



Everywhere I looked there was a great mixture of textures and time periods in the architecture. Love that.


In the hub of  the Riverwalk there are tons of restaurants where you can drink a large variety of margaritas and be serenaded by a mariachi bands. Sweet Man tipped the ones at this resturant extra to sing me a few tunes because he knows how much I love a mariachi band. I really really do.
2 things we noticed about Mexican food in SA- 1) the tortillia chips are thicker and tougher than in Arkansas (ours are really thin) and 2) all the cheese dip is yellow (in Arkansas white is the color of our cheese dip.)


Saturday morning we ate at the Menger Hotel for brunch.
We all sat in the most beautiful courtyard, so tranquil and isolated, you would have no idea that you were smack in the middle of downtown SA, right next to the Alamo, if you didn't know better.


The Menger is a historical hotel that has been well preserved and the moment you step through the front doors you feel like you have been transported to another era.
It reminded me of that scene in Anne of Green Gables when Anne goes to that dance with Diana and wears puffed sleeve dress. I didn't have  puff sleeves but I did have the urge to waltz through the lobby...


There are balconies everywhere in SA and I was reminded of our honeymoon in New Orleans almost 14 years ago. Wow. Where did the time go?


My favorite part area of the Riverwalk was the La Villita Historic Arts Village
A precious little off-the-path area full of cute stores, artist studios and old buildings.
We were there early in the day when there was not much going on and I felt like I was on a movie set. I expected the Three Amigos to come around the corner at any minute and salute me.



I loved this coutryard/patio area. I told Sweet Man I wanted to get married again somewhere just like this and then have a huge party. With a mariachi band of course!


Everywhere you looked there were icons like this of Mary.
I wanted to buy every single Mary I found, but alas they were all priced for tourist. And while I like to look around like a tourist I do not like to pay like a tourist.
So I took a lot of pictures instead.

Every now and then we saw a crumbly building that had not been restored yet. They had just started work on this one and I really wanted to steal the light fixtures because I am sure they will end up in a landfill somewhere. Alas they wouldn't fit in my suitcase.

Tomorrow I will show you a few more things I didn't bring home but loved... But first I need another cup of coffee. I am not quite recovered from all that relaxing yet...


6 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! Sounds like a wonderful trip!

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  2. Wow, it looks so great! I love the light! Those tiles on the steps are to die for!

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  3. You are making me homesick! I lived in San Antonio for four years and you visited some of my favorite places!!! Did you make it to El Mercado? Such a fun place!!!

    -Amy
    Crafting by Candlelight

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  4. We lived in San Antonio several years. Now we are loving Bentonville. We go back almost every year to visit my bestest friend and her family.

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  5. I love your pictures. We are going to be in Texas in April and spending most of our time in Boerne but will be spending at least one day in San Antonio. Your pics have made me very excited, it has been 4 years since we have been there.

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  6. Wow, San Antonio looks warm and wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
    Peace,
    Donna

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