Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Vacation! Day 1

Last week hubby and I headed to San Antonio for 5 days. A friend from college was getting married and we were in for his wedding. We chose to extend our trip since this would be our vacation this year. I have to say it is hot in TX. I don't care if it's a dry heat or not!

Our first day we got in about 9:30 a.m. and arrived at our hotel about 10:30 a.m. I give the Courtyard Marriot at the River Walk props because when we checked in, they had our room ready. I was impressed by that. We dropped our stuff off, freshened up a bit, then headed to the River Walk for lunch. When you're up at 3:15 a.m. and eat breakfast at 6:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. is perfect for lunch!

River Walk from above. We walked to the Alamo and I took this image from ground level

These maps were placed all around the River Walk to help you know where you were and where to go. 

There were several of these water falls located along the River Walk. They help aerate the water for the fish.
From the River Walk we decided to go to the Alamo. It was a must see for us and since we didn't know what others wanted to do, I wanted to make sure we got there. I'll be honest, it was about noon when we arrived and it was hot. The Alamo does not have air conditioning, in case you were wondering. LOL! You can check out my favorite pictures from the Alamo here.

After the Alamo we started hearing from friends arriving at the hotel. We headed back to meet up with our friend George. At this point we decided to head to a bar to watch the USA soccer match. We initially tried the Mad Dog British pub, but it was packed! And we were yelled at for blocking a table's view of the tv while standing at the bar. I don't think they understand how a bar works... We ended up at the same place we had lunch, which worked out well for the happy hour specials and free chips.

While at the bar, our other friend Matt arrived, so we headed back to the hotel to grab him. He and George needed to try on their tuxes for the wedding, so we waited while they did that, then headed to dinner. They boys wanted meat, so we hit up The County Line on the recommendation of the bar tender at our hotel. The portions for their food were huge! I had veggie kebobs and could have used the same portions! LOL!

We decided to check out a bar near the Alamo called The Menger Bar. The reason? Because it was the location Teddy Roosevelt recruited the Rough Riders for the Spanish-American War. How cool is that??? Since we are all history people, it was almost impossible not to go.

Est. 1859! How incredible is that? The bar is an exact replica of a bar in London. To the left, across the street is the Alamo.
History from 1916-1917, during World War 1. Not that these items are from WWI, but that's the time frame.
The bar. The was incredible! I'm a sucker for a dark wood bar.

Apparently, a big thing in San Antonio is the light-up carriages. They were everywhere at night. It was strange...

That stone building in the background? Yea. That's the Alamo. These carriages were everywhere!
After Menger's, we were all exhausted since we all had early flights in. We headed back to hotel about 11:00 p.m. to get some sleep. We had the rehearsal dinner for the wedding the next night.

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