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Thursday, November 30, 2017

San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas

San Fernando Cathedral was
founded in 1731 & is the
the oldest continuously
functioning Catholic
community in Texas.
The cornerstone of the original church was laid in 1738.  Construction was completed in 1750.  The church was expanded in the 1860s to meet the needs of its growing parish.  The architectural style of the cathedral is Gothic Revival.  The cathedral's Sanctuary is the walls of the original church.

The remains of Alamo heroes are entombed here.  The Cathedral is open....

in the back in the rectory of
his church in Agua Caliente,

A Crucifix hangs on the
wall above displays of
Votive Candles.

I think the photos above the candles are people for whom prayers are being said.

The Cathedral's doors
slide on a track.

This is the first time I've seen this type of door used in a religious building.

Eric & I arrived
during Mass.

This plaque commemorates
Pope John Paul II's visit

San Fernando Cathedral is in the Main and Military Plaza Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A Late Lunch @ Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery in San Antonio, Texas

A volunteer at the Alamo
recommended Mi Tierra
Cafe & Bakery for lunch.

Eric and I always follow locals' recommendations.  We haven't been steered wrong yet.  

Homemade Tamales


Mi Tierra is "dressed up"
for the Holidays.

Eric admires the Papel Picado
hanging from the ceiling.

This shrine has a portrait of
a singer, the Virgin Mary
& many photos.

This room has a
golden hue

I love all the small
green lights.

The Bar has a beautiful
carved Eagle sculpture.

Mi Tierra's Christmas Tree

Eric browses the menu.

Our Jumbo Margaritas
look good.

Chicken Fajitas for Two
with Guacamole,
Beans & Rice

Lunch is soooo good!  The Guacamole is very fresh and flavorful.  The Chicken, Peppers and Onions are perfectly cooked.  The spicy  Beans, with pieces of Pork were balanced by the Rice.  Dessert was offered, and we had to say, "No thank you."

A fellow diner takes this
photo of Eric & me with
Mariachi serenading us.

Waiters & Waitresses gather 
around a table to sing

Eric & I find another
shrine as we waddle
toward the door.

I'm glad to continue our walk around downtown San Antonio.  I need the exercise. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Historic Market Place in San Antonio, Texas

The pedestrian walkway is
lined with shops.

Vendors sell their goods
beneath free standing

Colorful Papel Picado hang
above the vendors in 
Market Square.

A local band entertains
the shoppers.

Take a break from shopping at
one of the food vendors...

Gorditas, Mini Taquitos &
Agua Frescas & Fruit Cups

Hispanic Elvis entertains
the crowd.

The Market Square Shops are
in a mall in the next block.

Eric & I admire the Lion Pride

It's time for a late lunch at Mi Tierra.

A Boat Ride Along the River Walk with Tour Guide, Alfred S.

Alfred S. is dressed
for the Holidays.

Eric takes videos of the Boat Ride.

Barriba Cantina is the upper
level restaurant.

These sun shades look like....

Brown Potato Chips
with edging... 

US & Texas flags are on
display at Cafe Ole.

Royalty Coins is located
in this unique 1893

Outdoor seating beneath
a bridge...

Everyone eats al fresco
along this waterway.

Hotels loom above
the River Walk.

A peek at the Hemisfair '68

Alfred slows down for
a Police Speed Trap.

Park Police patrol River Walk by boat, on bike and on foot.

Eric takes in the view from
our tour boat

San Antonio was named for

I like this picture of a bridge
above River Walk.

The Christmas Tree at the


Mariachi serenade
River Walk diners 

The Hilton Placido Del Rio
is San Antonio's modular

Completed rooms were stacked one on top of the other, in the middle of San Antonio.  The entire hotel was completed in 202 work days.

was built in the late 1890s.

An audience sits in the
open air at River Walk.

Stage sits across the water.

This is a uniquely beautiful setting.

Coming Home to the Briscoe
depicts three Longhorn Steer
thundering up the banks of the
San Antonio River, driven by
a Vaquero.

a beautiful landmark.

Reminders that the River
Walk is part of the City's
flood control system.

Locks of Love are padlocks
left on bridges to declare
 one's love for another.

The waterway beckons us
as Alfred S. shares the
River Walk's treasures.

This tree is growing out of
the side of  Bella on
the River.

Alfred S. docks near the 
Thirsty Aztec & we all
thank him for the
wonderful tour.

It's time to head to Historic Market Square.  Everyone we've talked to recommends visiting Mi Tierra.