Monday, July 28, 2014

Aloha to San Antonio - An Evening Stroll

Last Monday, I flew to San Antonio for the RWA Annual Conference.   I arrived late afternoon, giving me time to walk around the downtown area.  Above is the flag atop the San Antonio Fire Museum (link).

The Marriott Rivercenter hosted the conference, conveniently located near The Alamo.

From its website (link),

Although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty. The memories of James Bowie, David Crockett, and William B. Travis are as powerful today as when the Texan Army under Sam Houston shouted "Remember the Alamo!" as it routed Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.

The Alamo Cenotaph is also known as the Spirit of Sacrifice.

Erected in Memory of the Heroes who sacrificed their lives at the Alamo, March 6, 1836 in the defense of Texas, 'They chose never to surrender nor retreat, these brave hearts with flag still proudly waving perished in the flames of immortality that their high sacrifice might lead to the founding of this Texas.

The Alamo leads to San Antonio's famous Riverwalk (link).

 Even the wildlife enjoy the river!

The Towers of the Americas offers a city wide view, including the San Antonio River (link). 

St. Joseph's Catholic Church demonstrates San Antonio's diversity.  From its website (link):

The cornerstone for Saint Joseph Church was laid in 1868 by a group of San Antonio's German Catholic Immigrants who wanted to worship and hear God's Word proclaimed and celebrated in their own language. Over the course of years the German Community constantly improved their Parish of St. Joseph and its buildings. 

The Riverwalk leads to La Villita.  From its website (link),

A Historic Arts Village since 1939, galleries and shops in one square block offer unique art by local & regional artists featuring oil paintings, sculptures, water-colors, metal art, rock art, textiles, copper wares, pottery, jewelry, stained glass and regional folk art.

The Riverwalk also offers its own entertainment center.   The Arneson River Theater was erected by the Works Progress Administration from 1939 - 1941. 

The theater was featured in MISS CONGENIALITY with Sandra Bullock.   

Have you visited San Antonio?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's comments wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, August 16, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 17.   During this two week period, I will be away in Florida with my oldest son on a college hunting trip.  This also gives time for USPS to deliver my books from San Antonio!  


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 

The Arneson Theater features five bells, representing 
the five historic missions in San Antonio.


  1. I've never been but thanks for all the pics!

  2. I've never been, but have heard that the Riverwalk is a must.

  3. I was in San Antonio as a child and just years ago. I loved the River Walk and We did of course visit the Alamo. Amazing. I did drag everyone to a cavern just outside of the city.

  4. Ha be not but would like too, thanks

  5. Spent Tuesday on a tour with RWA's Kiss of Death chapter. We toured Lackland AFB and Fort Sam Houston, On Lackland we met and had lunch with Air Force Security Forces at a military dining facility. The afternoon tour was Army Combat Medics at Fort Sam. Wednesday I had hoped to spend some time seeing the sights. Instead I circled San Antonio on the freeways searching for the Sprint Store where I was supposed to exchange my dead phone for a working one. An emotional meltdown happened and when I thought I found the store it wasn't the right one. I now joke my phone took the kiss of death on the Kiss of Death tour.. :-)
    Kathy Crouch who forgot her password and isn't at home right now, ;-)

  6. I have not been to San Antonio or very many places in Texas at all. I would love to visit my friend in Austin, and then hop on over to San Antonio to check it out.