24 hrs in San Antonio

 

Welcome to San Antonio, TX!  The little town that lies “deep in the heart of Texas” and famously known as the home of The Alamo. San Antonio is a perfect example of the past meets the present. During my trip to the River City I stopped by the and

The River Walk

This 15 mile stretch of sidewalk along the historic San Antonio River offers access to restaurants, shops, museums, hotels and a number of historical hot spots. Get the lay of the land by taking a river cruise from Rio San Antonio Cruises.  For $8.25 (General Admission) you can sail away on a 35 minute tour with a knowledgeable tour guide showcasing the historic sites nestled along the river and an idea of the lay of the land.  If you’re not too keen on tours, they do offer a river taxi service with 39 stops along the river.

The Alamo

Although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty. The memories of James Bowie, David Crockett, and William B. Travis are as powerful today as when the Texan Army under Sam Houston shouted “Remember the Alamo!” as it routed Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. -TheAlamo.org

A few steps away from the River Walk stands the historic The Alamo.  The Alamo is the site that played a crucial role in the settlement of San Antonio, Texas, and the Southwest. While on your visit you can explore The Alamo Shrine, where many took last stand against Mexican troops. Inside the shrine you can view historical artifacts, flags, and the names of the Alamo defenders. You can also visit the Wall of History that displays more than 300 years of Alamo history, tour the Alamo gardens or even visit the oldest building on site The Barrack Museum.  The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (July-August to 7 p.m., closed Christmas Eve and Day). Tours with a museum docent can be booked for $15, audio tours for $7 or you can explore the museum for FREE!

Historic Market Square…

Market Square

Better known as the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico. This shopping destination houses over 100 shops and stalls all rich with culture.  It’s not only a great place to shop, but also a nice place to people watch in case your wallet needs a break.

 Mi Tierra Restaurant Cafe Y Panaderia.

If you are looking for authentic Mexican food that’s open late, I recommend taking a trip down to Mi Tierra Restaurant, Cafe Y Panaderia (bakery). Since 1941, the family owned and operated restaurant has been welcoming both locals and tourists with the smell of fresh sweet bread straight from the oven, Mariachi music, and amazing food.

What are your favorite sites to visit in San Antonio? Share your picks below!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from ClaudiaAmezcua.com

Happy New Year from ClaudiaAmezcua.com!  I’m excited to start the year off right by breathing new life into this website and blog.  I am working on expanding this site to chronicle my travels through the year, tips and of course i’ll sneak in a few cool gadgets here and there.  To the adventures that await in 2015 (maybe we’ll finally get that overboard and self lacing shoes we were once promised)!


 

Latina in New Orleans

Louis Armstrong statue

I’ve always had an interest in visiting New Orleans.  From the history, the music and the southern hospitality, New Orleans has it all. After saving for two months with a little encouragement from friends and family I packed up for my first solo trip down to the Big Easy.

Bienville House (courtesy www.bienvillehouse.com)

During my stay I took up residence at the Bienville House Hotel. A beautiful historic hotel located right outside the French Quarter on Ducatur Street.

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I took a little walk around the french quarter and experienced the best Po’Boy in my entire life and later found myself at the world famous Cafe Du Monde for beignets and coffee.

The next day, I had the pleasure of taking a cemetery tour by Haunted History tours.

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The tour took place at St. Louis Cemetery #1 the oldest cemetery in New Orleans and the eternal resting place Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen.  This was the most  informative, interesting and entertaining tour I have ever been on.  Our tour guide Ernest did an excellent job breaking down the history of funerals and burials in New Orleans with a little southern charm and hospitality.   If I can urge you to anything, please take this tour!

New Orleans is a charming city that made me feel nothing but welcomed.  If you ever make your way down south, make sure to take some time and revel in some southern hospitality!