San Antonio is a very walkable city. The downtown area has lots of attractions, shops, restaurants, bars and the like. There’s also the pleasant River Walk, a series of canals with walking paths, accompanied by numerous cafes and eateries to stop off at. San Antonio also has plenty of picturesque buildings, ranging from colonial Spanish-style to more contemporary structures, as well as most things in between. The walk along Houston Street is particularly great for fans of architecture. There were lots iconic buildings to see, such as the Tower of the Americas, the Tower Life Building (my personal favourite), the Alamodome and of course the Alamo itself. The Alamo seems to be the epicentre of the city. As with the Statue of Liberty and the Mona Lisa, often people react to seeing the Alamo by commenting about its relatively small size. I suppose it was the story of what happened at the Alamo, rather than the physical structure, that makes it legendary. There are numerous historical references all over San Antonio, especially honouring Davey Crockett.

I never saw any crazy Black Friday incidents that I was perhaps half-expecting. It’s no laughing matter though as I found out that a couple of years ago someone was tragically trampled to death in a rush. What a terrible way to go. The shops, as well as San Antonio in general, were really busy today. Perhaps too busy. There were people all over the place and even getting a seat in a bar proved difficult with most places packed with American football fans. There was some sort of boat parade happening later which meant that people without a ticket for the event couldn’t even get onto the River Walk paths.

I didn’t fancy hanging around with the hordes on the bridges waiting for a few boats to pass by so I went back to the hotel quite early. Without sounding like a bit of a grumpy old man, San Antonio was too hectic today. I’d rather somewhere be lively than quiet but today doing anything or getting anywhere was a bit of a pain in the arse.

The view from the not-so-central Holiday Inn
You could make out some of San Antonio skyline though
Houston Street
The Tower Life Building
The Alamo


As close to the River Walk as you were allowed today