Fiesta, San Antonio - Party Time
Fiesta, San Antonio is a 10 day citywide festival held on the 3rd and 4th weekends in April. The festival celebrates Texas’ victory over Santa Ana at San Jacinto in 1836 which resulted in Texas independence from Mexico.
There are parades, concerts, art exhibitions, flower and fashion shows, street dancing and all the kind of lively celebrations that you could imagine.
Torch of Friendship
Wow, while reading about the Torch of Friendship, there is much debate of how many locals do not like the sculpture. Some call it, "Gumby delivering a pizza." I think much of this comes from the amosity of political events that are a constant between the US and Mexico. Yet, everyone has there right to their opinion, but for myself I liked it a lot! I enjoyed the bright color and seeing it against the constrast of the clouds and blue sky. I just wished my camera took better pictures at the time. This sculpture was a gift to San Antonio by the Mexican General Consulate and other Mexican leaders in the community to represent the friendship and the roots many do share in Texas and Mexico. It color, which is called Sebastian (the scupltor) Red, stands 65 feet tall and sits on the intersection of Alamo, Losoya, and Commerce streets intersect so everyone could see it from all angles as they went about there lives everyday.
Artsy Cafe in Southtown Arts District
This small restaurant is cozy and laid-back. It's painted in bright colors and has about four or five small rooms, and a great, cozy patio. There is a small sitting area with upholstered chairs--great for curling up with some tea and a book. It plays off the mad hatter theme by having large tea cups as decorations. Customers drink from a motley assortment of completely mismatched tea cups, and that adds to the homey, casual atmosphere. The walls feature local art. The menu is mostly sandwiches and different kinds of tea. I like the smoked turkey sandwich with chipotle cream cheese. It comes with 2 sides, and you can choose from chips and salsa, couscous, fresh fruit, etc. My friend who introduced me to the place is a big tea enthusiast, and he raves about their tea.
Traditional French cuisine. One of the best chefs in San Antonio. Small, soft lighting, tables close together as they are in a bistro, lots of activity. Unfortunately, it is rather noisy, but c'est la vie. They also have a prix fixe menu, which is a great bargain. Ris de veau, pot-au-feu
The Riverwalk is well-known as the heart of San Antonio's tourism, dining, entertainment, and nightlife scene. Tourists love scooting up and down the river in the cheesy flat-bottom boats and jostling each other along the narrow sidewalks barely avoiding knocking each other into the filthy water. Where else in the world can you eat at Joe's Crab Shack, Dick's Last Resort, Hard Rock Cafe, Starbucks, an Irish Pub (choose any of the 3 or 4), or Tony Romas? That's right...just about any city in America!!!! Why even bother leaving home?
As you probably guessed, I was not overly impressed by the Riverwalk... an amazing job of downtown revitalization, yes. As a place to find much of anything the slightest bit original or reasonably priced, no. This place is packed full of so many people it often looks and feels like Disneyworld...lines, rides, high prices and all. I found it much more pleasant to walk the street and avoid the whole mess.
It does have some beautiful scenery, especially along the north and south stretches of the Riverwalk away from the flocks of people.