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My visit to San Antonio

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    I Arrived in San Antonio a few hours ago to attend the World Science Fiction Convention, which starts on Thursday. Here are some photos I took at the Alamo about an hour ago. image-4097999693.jpg image-3548100088.jpg image-2389872326.jpg image-966818999.jpg.

    image-2635333031.jpg This building is the Long Barracks, where most of the Alamo defenders died.
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    Hi SciFi... - I've been to San Antonio a half dozen times and have visited the Alamo on every visit - I'm an American history buff and particularly like living in the Carolina-Virginia area (so much Revolutionary & Civil War history) - BUT in south Texas, plenty of great history there & interesting sites to visit - the River Walk w/ the boat rides, shops, & restaurants, the various museums, the Tower, the other shopping areas, and so much more - AND, then traveling outside of San Antonio to the missions, hill country & Austin - just a lot of places to experience - OH, I go on too much - HOPE that you had a good time there! Dave :)
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    This is only my first day in San Antonio. I'm there for a total of 10 days. The world Science Fiction Convention starts on Thursday and runs until Monday.
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    BOY - 10 days! Plenty to do in San Antonio, but if you have a chance to get out of the city, then visit Austin & the Hill Country (map below) - Fredericksburg is a great stop; plus, if you're into wine, Texas makes them! The LBJ ranch is also an interesting visit of the operation of an American presidency back in the '60s; the Spanish missions are fun, too - hope that you enjoy and please post back. Dave :)

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    Have a great time there! :)
    Is there a chance that you could also post pictures of the convention somewhere?
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    Very nice photos Sci!

    Enjoy your trip!
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    Here are some photos of of the Riverwalk between my hotel and the convention centre. image-637530914.jpg image-2213308450.jpg

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    Riverwalk is wonderful - nice to be able to walk to the Convention Center - that hotel looks familiar - which one (if you know)? Dave :)
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    The buildings in the first and third photos are part of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, the location of most of the program for the World Science Fiction Convention. The second photo shows the Marriott Riverwalk hotel.
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    A beautiful place.

    I've seen something like this once in a documentation, but forgotten where it was.
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    I remember the Riverwalk! Great place to be--so much to do there! Very nice pics , Sci. Have a good time!
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    Here are some night shots of the Alamo.



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    Love those night shots Robert with the Alamo lit up like that. Just a thought. Is there a souvenir shop there selling Davie Crockett hats?
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    There's more than one large souvenir shop, but I didn't check to see if they had Davy Crockett hats. I'll make sure to check for you as soon as I have the time.
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    I took a walk on the San Antonio Riverwalk this morning. The views and scenery are very interesting. image-2956076527.jpg image-755031412.jpg image-1558266251.jpg image-1113537784.jpg image-3530149117.jpg image-2721894283.jpg image-2587045288.jpg image-689701033.jpgThe Riverwalk runs for several miles along the San Antonio River and the Riverwalk waterways. There are many restaurants and tourist shops, all in the shade and ambiance of the waterway. They have a tour that lasts for 35 minutes and costs less than $9.00.
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    A Riverwalk Cruise:


    I just got back from a 35 minute cruise on the Riverwalk, which covers the whole of the Riverwalk loop.

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    image-3475196160.jpg These photos are from the area around my hotel and the first part of the Riverwalk.

    image-1812831240.jpg The red stone building and the tower with the beehive shaped top are part of the Bexar County court house in San Antonio.

    image-1823752901.jpg As well as featuring a very large U.S. flag, this office building has many gargoyles projecting from the sides of the building.

    image-3593468344.jpg This cypress tree, the oldest on the Riverwalk, is over 300 years old.

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    image-2913428036.jpg This photo shows the rear of the Aztec Theatre, built as a silent movie palace in the 1920's.

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    image-6192034.jpg This last group of photos are from the last part of the way back to the start point of the cruise.
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    It took a while Andrew, but I managed to get back to the Alamo gift shop and verified that they do indeed have Davy Crockett hats.

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    Here are some photos from my visit to the Tower Of The Americas. Built for Hemisfair, the 1968 Worlds Fair, it was the tallest free-standing tower in the U.S. when it was built.

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    This is St. Joseph's church, built in 1868 by German settlers.

    image-1984715483.jpg This is the Alamo, seen from the top of the tower.

    image-3440068918.jpg This is the Alamo Dome, built in the hopes of attracting an NFL franchise to San Antonio and the current home of the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA.
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