Our last day in San Antonio started with an early morning Riverwalk tour by boat. The beautiful scenes around every bend in the river were only enhanced by the early 20th century architecture of the buildings along the river – some even had modern gargoyles. In the afternoon we visited four missions south of the city. Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose were fairly well preserved and offered an interesting view into 18th century mission life.
Our first day of touring in San Antonio provided us with a view of history, hidden gems, and peaceful waters. The Alamo sits in the middle of the tourist district and is the remains of the mission where the historic siege took place. Some of the buildings have been preserved and the grounds are an oasis of gnarled trees and blooming cactus. A few blocks from the Alamo is a quaint little village, La Villita. The historic buildings have been preserved and reclaimed as an artists’ community with galleries and cafes. There are little joys around every corner on the Riverwalk. The open air theater would be a lovely venue for a concert or play. Even the stairways from the river to street level are carefully preserved and beautiful. Tomorrow we take a tour on one of the Riverwalk tour boats.