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Thursday, February 21, 2013

San Antonio Day Two

 Today we put on a lot of miles, walking not driving. We completed the Trail Of The Missions and did a large portion of the River Walk, our feet are killing us but we had a wonderful time. San Antonio is a beautiful city; the weather was perfect, 80 degrees and sunshine. There is so much Spanish influence in the architecture, so many very old buildings that are restored and still so beautiful after so many years. The Cathedral we visited is the oldest Cathedral Sanctuary in America, founded in 1731, and the missions date back to the early 1700's. We stopped for lunch at a Mexican restaurant on the River Walk and were lucky enough to be seated right on the river, while we ate a Mariachi Band strolled through the area singing for customers. It was really amazing. We enjoyed our time here but it’s time to push on, tomorrow we head for Del Rio Texas.

 From the Alamo, which sits in the center of the city, Mission Espada is the furthest of the five missions
along mission trail.

San Juan Mission
 Mission San Jose'

 Mission Concepcion

The following photos are of the first of the missions, Mission San Antonio de Valero is commonly called the Alamo.
 Since 1905, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas have cared for this historic site

 Entrance to the Alamo

 The Alamo

The Alamo grounds

San Fernando Cathedral, oldest Cathedral Sanctuary in the US