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Report 1789: Spring Break in Central Texas

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Spring 2010

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Page 3 of 7: Monday: Off to San Antonio - the Alamo, River Walk and Outlet Malls at San Marcos

photo by Doug Phillips

Stopping to smell the flowers along the River Walk

Dave and Janet have a swimming pool. The water is quite cool. The temperature ranged from 65 to 71 degrees during our visit. However, our pool back home in Canada is a block of ice. So I went for a swim every day. Only a crazy Canadian would do that, right?

San Antonio is about 90 minutes away. It has many attractions but the two most popular have to be The Alamo and the River Walk and that's what we had on our "must see" list. Off we went after breakfast arriving shortly after 10:00am. Our GPS took us to a parking area only a couple of minutes from the Alamo and beside a branch of the River Walk.

The Alamo is well worth a visit. I was most impressed by the details of the early history of the area on the exhibits in the Long Barracks Museum. The Alamo was very busy with family groups like ourselves.

It is a short walk from the Alamo over to the River Walk, a picturesque urban river-scape formed by the re-direction of the San Antonio River into a rectangle in the middle of San Antonio. Two sides of the River Walk are bustles of commercial activity, with bars and restaurants dominating. One side fronts on the San Antonio River. The fourth side, while also continuing some commercial activity, is much more sedate and includes some attractive flower gardens. We did the circuit of the River Walk, traveling on the interior of the quadrangle and stopping for lunch at a popular spot on the busiest side. Liam was in great form, attracting smiles wherever we went and ensuring us excellent service in the restaurant - always a good idea to travel with a cute kid.

My sister had mentioned the outlet malls at San Marcos before we left, so we stopped on our way home. Two huge outlet malls side by side. Fortunately/unfortunately (depending on your view) we only had a couple of hours to spend at the malls.

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