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The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio (Alamo/Riverwalk), Texas

explored & photographed by: Shady

 

San Antonio has always been one of my favorite cities. I love it (you can see my 'vacation snapshots' from this trip here)! It's just so beautiful and historical and multicultural and unique. And the Alamo is definitely one of the most famous and fascinating sites to see there...

It's easy to forget that this place is more than just a 'tourist attraction'... until you step inside of it and feel the eerie presence of it's bloody history. 189 men barred themselves inside this place and held off troops numbered in the thousands for 13 days, before meeting their violent deaths, one and all. Many say that the Alamo is still haunted by their spirits...

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

A plaque marks the spot where the bodies of the defenders were burned. And a memorial statue stands near the Alamo, engraved with the words, 'From the fire that burned their bodies, rose the eternal spirit of sublime heroic sacrifice, which gave birth to an empire state' There is no photography allowed inside the Alamo, or I would have gotten some interior pics

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Either way, the Alamo is an unforgettable place to visit. And another unforgettable San Antonio landmark is the amazing Riverwalk...

The Riverwalk is an actual river that winds through downtown San Antonio, and it's incredible. It's lined on all sides by shops and restaurants and theaters and hotels and everything else you can imagine, and it's just amazing...

Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

The pics above were shot from onboard a boat going down the Riverwalk- you can take boat rides for like only $6 or so and it's really worth it to be able to see the city from that unusual perspective. One of the strangest things we saw was a giant tree growing upside-down out of another tree way up overhead!! Apparently it was stuck up there during the floods and somehow fused into the other tree, and they are growing together to this day.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

There is lots of really great old historical architecture in San Antonio too. There's the Emily Morgan Hotel (above, left 2 shots... Emily Morgan was the 'Yellow Rose of Texas', a beautiful young mulatto girl who was sent to the tent of General Santa Anna to errrm... 'distract' him, allowing the Texans to defeat him)... some of my other favorite buildings were the one with actual working gargoyle drain spouts, and a very old German-Catholic Church named St. Joseph's. We also saw some really cool things such as a crazy fountain that spewed both fire and water, and a humongous red sculpture that was given to the city as a gift from Mexico...

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Also interesting were the 750-foot high Tower of the Americas, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who commited suicide by jumping from it's observation deck, and the historic and haunted Menger Hotel.

I could have spent another month photographing everything we saw and still not do it justice. San Antonio is just a great town, and I can't wait to go back... *smile*

Check out some other snapshots from our San Antonio road trip here!

 

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