SanAntonio is for Everyone!Written by Lisa
When I take a family vacation I want a little bit of everything – some fun, some thrills, some culture, some good food, a learning experience. San Antonio has it all! If this will be your first San Antonio vacation, you almost definitely need to plan it downtown. The downtown area is key part of San Antonio's tourist draw, with excitement through day and well into night. A walk along San Antonio's famous Paseo del Rio is enough to send any tourist into a state of relaxation. This river walk winds through some of downtown's most exciting areas.
The Alamo It’s home of Alamo … and so much more. One of most interesting things to know is that The Alamo is in middle of downtown San Antonio. The 18th-century mission church where Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and 188 others waged their last stand against Mexican army for Texas independence has become a state symbol. The most famous historical site in Texas, mission has been restored to its original condition and offers tours, relics of past, and a gift shop with memorabilia for history enthusiasts. Before you tour Alamo, take in IMAX movie, “The Price of Freedom” it is a 45-minute docudrama about 13-day siege and fall of Alamo. Watch battle unfold, where 189 defenders who fought and died for cause of Texas liberty. The immense screen and magnetic stereo sound system places viewer in middle of action. It will tell tale to your children, and stir your soul. After you’ve seen Alamo and visited souvenir shop (pick up some bluebonnet seeds) check out Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and Plaza Wax Museum. Then take a horse-drawn carriage ride.
River Walk San Antonio’s River Walk is just down way from Alamo. You descend, via stairs, to find yourself in another world – 3 beautiful miles of shops, restaurants, clubs and artists. Along horseshoe shaped riverbend, river is shaded by towering cypresses, oaks and willows and bordered by gardens of flowering ornamental plants. Take a boat ride and get historical tour of City as you look up at buildings you pass. Come at Christmas time and it’s all lit with Christmas-tree lights. So relaxing and beautiful and very romantic.
The Wonderful Wildlife of Southern SpainWritten by Ruth Polak
69, 70,71, 72. I am trying to count Griffon Vulture's as they glide effortlessly on their 2m. wingspan over top of mountains opposite my home.
Earlier I was checking damage to our vegetable patch as wild boar were here again last night and they seem to have taken a shine to my husband's carrots!
I glance up as I hear screech of a Booted Eagle letting his mate know she has nothing to fear from carrion eating vultures as their constant circling takes them further and further down valley searching no doubt for some unfortunate Ibex or goat who tried one leap too many.
The wildlife here is phenomenal nd variety of birds seems never ending. Last night we could hear hooting of European Eagle owl at valley bottom and at sametime were lulled back to sleep by beautifu singing of a nightingale perched somewhere outside our bedroom window.
After living here for over 14 years I am still amazed by diversity of wildlife. I am still in awe at glimpse of a yellow flash through undergrowth as a Golden Oriele goes about it's business.I love to watch comic Hoopoe hopping frantically about chasing insects and sound that I can only describe as gunfire as many varieties of woodpeckers seek out grubs. I am especially intrigued by vast array of birds of prey soaring effortlesly over our home, many of which I still can't identify.