Monday, October 19, 2009

San Antonio, TX

The trip to San Antonio started with getting a rental car. We drove up and went in. We were all set to drive a Chevy Malibu. Do you like it? It is the funniest looking Malibu that I have ever seen. :) Even though they had "reserved" the Malibu, we ended up with a red VW Beetle. It was a fun drive, in that car.

We celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary about 1 week ago. So, we decided to take a trip to San Antonio. We didn't have a lot of free days, because of the work schedule, but we thought we would go and have a great time anyway. We have been down there before, several times, and we had done the Alamo and the Riverwalk and been to Lackland AFB. So, what else is there? I decided to see. Well, I knew about Seaworld and that was a definite idea. But, on the San Antonio website, I found a neighborhood that is the first German settlement in San Antonio. People are purchasing the homes now, to live in and restore. It is called the King William settlement. Since the UPS Store guy is of German descent, I thought that might be fun to see. We walked the couple of miles of the walking self-tour. It is close to the downtown, you will see a picture of him with the needle in the background. At the southern end of the neighborhood, though, is The Pioneer Baking Company mill. It still works, and they have a restaurant and gift shop. The company is still owned by the family, of the man who started the mill in the 1800's. We also visited La Villita, a shopping area where artists have studio's and sell their art. That is in the absolute first settlement in town. Then on to the Riverwalk. I had found a restaurant that had been owned by a Jazz musician, he sold it but still performs every day. We sat outside and listened to Jazz. While we were listening to Jazz, I saw a person walk by with a Chocolatier bag. Hmmmm, where is that chocolate?? I found it and was a happy camper, with my triple chocolate truffle. :)

The house above is a Bed and Breakfast Inn. Looks spectacular to me.

Notice the needle in the background. That is in the downtown area.

Ok, so you know that I didn't tresspass, this gazebo is actually on a common green and is called a music performance area.

The house below, is gorgeous. No, not because it is big, imagine cleaning the thing, OK, I digress, the house. Yes, the house. It has BLUE trim!! The fence around it is blue too!!

This house has a light shade of blue! I am in blue heaven here.


The water fountain. It has 3 levels, one for your pet. (I don't get out much.) I haven't seen one of these before, maybe you have.

The tin man. He is part of the art we saw in one garden. Isn't he cute? He is made out of old cans, a bucket and a funnel! He truly was adorable.


  1. What a fun trip. Happy anniversary, BTW. You look so cute peeking around the corner! Great photos!

  2. Looks like a fun way to celebrate! Big Congratulations!

  3. Wow - how did I miss that you were going on a trip? Glad you had lots of fun! Congratulations on your anniversary!

  4. Of all the times I've been to SA, I've never realized they have all those great homes! Maybe we'll do that next time.

    A park by me has those doggie fountains - the dog can even step on a pedal themselves to start the water, heehee.

    And I just love the VW bug - what a great car to have for a vacation :D