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Thread: Help!! San Antonio Trip

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    The DH and I want to get down to San Antonio to visit my 97 year old Great uncle. The question(s)..Do any of you know of a nice, reasonably priced place to stay? We might be down there for 5 to 6 days. Also any places to visit that are not usually to full of tourist?
    We have decided to drive down and take our time, being a senior citizen, we don't want to much excitement. LOL
    Thanks for any help you might be able to give and maybe we might be able to visit with some of the members that are close.
    Oh, Oh!!! The most important....Where are all the good fabric shops??? HaHaHa

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    Priceline.

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    You have to go on the River Walk ... and the Alamo.

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    The River Walk boat trip and the botanical gardens. The Alamo would have been disappointing if I hadn't previously read the diary of a 12 year old girl who was there. Because I had that in my mind, I was able to look at it from her perspective.

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    Well, the drive down I-35 from Fort Worth to San Antonio will be "exciting" enough for you, probably! What a busy, messy, uninteresting highway. Tedium!

    Go to some of the Hispanic markets for colorful and tasty souvenirs and shopping.

    Jan in VA, former Austin resident

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    I was there in Jan. three years ago. I believe we stayed at the Hyatt..straight across from the Alamo (a block, or so). We could see it from the hotel front. We were on the River Walk...just went down an elevator. No clue what it cost...was there with DH who was there for a work convention. His work picked up the tab for the room. It was wonderful...I was very impressed with San Antonio and would love to go there again.

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    Before you go to the Alamo go to the IMAX theater in the Riverwalk Mall - it's right across the street from the Alamo. Knowing what happened in that little mission makes a huge difference when you see it.

    There will be tourists everywhere. The military base there adds to the people who see what there is to see. Hopefully you'll be there mainly during the week.

    THere is so much to see there. Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld if you like that sort of thing. The River Walk is a must. Mi Tierra is a great Mexican restaurant pretty near the River Walk.

    www.kayak.com is a site that uses multiple searches. We stayed at a La Quinta last time we were there - in March - there are several throughout the city. They include a pretty good breakfast - boiled eggs, instant oatmeal, make your own waffles - not just cold donuts and juice.

    Look at the SAS Shoe Factory website. I'm on my feet all day and wear their shoes exclusively. It's a cute shop even if you don't buy the shoes.

    http://www.visitsanantonio.com/index.aspx may give you some ideas. Your Great Uncle should know of places to go as well.

    We were there last (in March) with two 3 year old grandsons. What we did probably won't be high on your list!

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    quote=MinnieKat]You have to go on the River Walk ... and the Alamo.[/quote]


    In 1948 I would go to the river and walk around, it was close to my home. I remember there was a long sidewalk down by the river, and real high banks, maybe 20 or 30 feet, with weeds, bushes, and small trees growing out of them.
    The riverside walkway was twice as wide as a regular sidewalk. There was an old, open, outside brick theater, with a brick stage and brick seating. There was usually no one around except one or two people, usually couples strolling around. No boat rides at that time.
    So I would sing, and sing ( lots of echo). I would belt out the songs "Cry" and "Little White Cloud That Cried" by Johnny Ray. I pretended I was on stage singing to people. One time I did catch a man and woman standing up on the bank watching me. They were laughing at me. I didn't care, I loved it.
    I went back to the river sometime around 1982 and what a difference, there were restaurants, live music, stores and shops. There were boat rides and crowds of people. All commercialized.
    There was also theaters like the Majestic, and Aztec. The inside of the theaters had a grandiose decor, paintings on the ceilings and walls, something you would see in church in Rome. They are probably gone by now.
    The Alamo has also commercialized, but in 1948, there were still dirt floors and brick steps and walls that were crumbling. You almost felt like you were there, a part of history.
    When we went back in 82, they had counters with cases of relics to look at, and stories to read, but nothing like the first time I saw it.
    Take your camera.
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    Have a great time!

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    you'll love it, don't forget your camera. We had our camper with us and stayed at the koa campground. I loved that city, so much to see. Barb

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