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    Houston

    by Jim_Eliason Written Feb 28, 2014

    Texas' second largest city has a very unique cultural, shaped by oil and its proximity to the gulf and Louisanna, Houston has a much more urban vibe than Dallas. It's home to a major Nasa facility and boasts world class art collections,

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    Alamo - Riverwalk Days Inn

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    Please note this is the East Houston Street Days Inn.
    The location was awesome, walking distance to the Alamo and the Riverwalk. The room was very unkept, with a used bar of soap still in the shower, a deodorant cap under the sheets, and chips on the floor. Also, this is the most uncomfortable bed and most uncomfortable pillows of any hotel I have ever stayed in. I actually thought about sleeping in my car. In addition, you do pay for parking here, but only $10+tax.

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    Japanese / Chinese Tea Garden in San Antonio

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

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    I don't know if it has new owners since it is now a Chinese Tea Garden, but it is not at all beautiful. Or maybe it was the time of year that I went, there were hardly any plants. I wish I didn't waste time stopping.

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    Mission Espada

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    If you are driving down the mission trail, first would be the Alamo, then Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, The Espada Aquaduct, and finally Mission Espada. Or the opposite order if you are starting from the south.
    The Mission is a little smaller than the others, but still a nice visit.

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    Espada Aqueduct

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    If you are driving down the mission trail, first would be the Alamo, then Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, The Espada Aquaduct, and finally Mission Espada. Or the opposite order if you are starting from the south.
    This is just a little stop right before you get to the Mission Espada. Glad I stopped, but there is nothing exceptional here.

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    Mission San Juan in San Antonio

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    If you are driving down the mission trail, first would be the Alamo, then Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, The Espada Aquaduct, and finally Mission Espada. Or the opposite order if you are starting from the south.
    This one is not as large or as great as the others further North, but I'm still glad I stopped by. The church at this one is not open to the public, or at least it wasn't when I visited. The church is a beautiful white church though so it does look different than the others.

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    Mission San Jose

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    Beautiful mission. Not to be missed. If you are driving down the mission trail, first would be the Alamo, then Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, The Espada Aquaduct, and finally Mission Espada; or the opposite order if you are starting from the South.
    Parking is free. There are modern bathroom facilities. You can see the mission at your own pace.
    This mission is huge and even contains the oldest mill in Texas. When I was there, there was a park ranger inside telling people how the mill worked.

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    Mission Concepcion - Beautiful

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    This is a very beautiful piece of history. Modern facilities if you should need to use the restroom. Free parking. You can wander the grounds at your own pace. If you are going to all the missions starting in San Antonio, the Alamo would be first and this would be the second. Signs leading out of here point to the next missions. I honestly liked this mission better than the Alamo. Don't miss it.

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    Market Square (Mexican Market) in San Antonio

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    A lot of the stores were similar, but there were different items at each. Cheap items, but of course slightly more expensive than in Mexico. There are some nice cowboy outfits, especially hats. I bought my son a nice, soft cowboy hat for $10. They also sell Mexican and Texas souvenirs. Also in the area is La Margarita, which was recommended to by a shop owner as a good place to eat. I got fajitas that were delicious and a decent price. They have Mexican food and Tex Mex.
    In this area I also bought fudge...wouldn't recommend that. These shops don't seem to get very many visitors and the fudge was a little old.
    I love Mexico and have been living in Hawaii for quite a while, so this was a nice little visit to "Mexico" for me to hold me over until I actually go next month.

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    Mural at Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    Very beautiful mural. There is a really nice looking playground there as well. Nice to have such a beautiful hospital for children in this city. This is very close to Market Square (the Mexican Market), and just a few easy walking blocks to San Fernando Cathedral and the Spanish Governor's Palace. Just FYI some people may not be comfortable walking this area. I am a single white female and had no problems, but some people are not as comfortable in areas with metal bars on shops and homeless people around.

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    Spanish Governor's Palace

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    I just walked past. The building didn't look that awesome from outside, so I didn't bother going in. Just a note that there is a lot of homeless people in the surrounding area, so this may POSSIBLY not be a safe place to find yourself when it starts getting dark.

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    Texas Governor's Mansion in Austin

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    This is right next to the capital, so if you are there you might as well stop by. The road is closed off so it is quiet and when I was there, I was the only person around. I took a few pictures, but it is gated and you can't go in.

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    San Fernando de Bexar Cathedral in San Antonio

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    Beautiful church. The river taxi does go up that way, that is how I got there. Just be aware that a lot of homeless people are in this area. Because of my line of work, this doesn't bother me, but I know this may bother others and may possibly not be the best area to visit once it is starting to get dark out.

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    Tower of the Americas in San Antonio

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    Going up in the elevator and looking out was pretty cool. The view from the top was ok. It wasn't that pretty, San Antonio isn't all that pretty as a whole. I didn't visit the museum inside. I really wanted to do the show that supposedly happens every 20 minutes, but when I was there around lunch time it wasn't going to show for another 40 minutes and I had a limit on parking so I never did get to see it. I wish they would have told me that before I paid.

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    Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    This is inside Hemisfair Park. There is parking right outside the building. It opens a little earlier than the rest of the sites there. It is interesting to see all the different cultures that make up Texas, but after a while it gets a little tiring seeing it all and you just start skimming through it all. There is also a really cool area that is like a game and shows you how difficult it is to become an American citizen.

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