Who are all those people dressed in blue?
The Air Force boot camp is located in San Antonio at Lackland AFB. Every Saturday the newly graduated Airmen are allowed to go off base with thier friends and family. However, they have to be dressed in thier blue uniforms. So every Saturday at all the touristy type places (River Walk, Alamo) you will see 500 or so new Airmen walking around in thier blue uniforms.
At one end of the River Walk...
At one end of the River Walk there is a large indoor shopping mall. The river actually flows into it and that is place to board boats for a ride. In this shopping center there is an IMAX theatre. The movie that we saw was called 'Alamo... The Price Of Freedom'. Nice to see it before a visit to the Alamo.
Mi Tierra is a marvelous Mexican restaurant in El Mercado. There is a fabulous bakery inside of the restaurant. Be sure to get the jumbo margaritas. Mi Tierra was established in 1951 and is open 24 hours a day. Order anything and you will be pleased.
Located downtown Schilo's offers some great German food since 1917. The restaurant is locally famous for its deli sandwiches like the Rueben but there is also the German sausages to satisfy your hunger.
They have a good selection of local and import German beers. The also have their own homebrew of Rootbeer which is quite tasty! It's all good!
In 1724, the Mision San Antonio de Valero, now known as the Alamo, was establsihed by Franciscan friars to convert local Indians to Christianity and help maintain Spanish control over the region. For nearly 70 years, the Alamo was a thriving village and mission.
When Valero was desecularized in 1793, the lands were distributed to Indian converts from the missions, who continued to farm the lands and contributed to the origination of San Antonio.
The Alamo is most known for its role in the Texas Revolution, where in the early morning of March 6, 1836, a small band of Texans held off the army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna for thirteen days. American heroes, such as James Bowie, David Crockett and William B. Travis lost their lives in this historic battle. These sacrifices empowered the Texan Army, led by Sam Houston at the battle of San Jacito on April 21, 1836, where "Remember the Alamo" became the war cry.
Today, visitors can still explore the centuries of history this little mission holds.
"The Alamo (San Antonio de Valero Mission) is a former mission and fortress compound, now a museum, in San Antonio, Texas located at 300 Alamo Plaza. The compound, which originally comprised a sanctuary and surrounding buildings, was built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century for the education of local Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity. After its abandonment as a mission, it was used as a fortress in the 19th century and was the scene of several military actions, including most notably the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, one of the pivotal battles between the forces of the Republic of Texas and Mexico during the Texas Revolution."