For my last week in Texas the history lover and the typical tourist in me decided to go see the Spanish missions and the San Antonio River Walk. Texas has a plethora of Spanish missions and I was only able to travel to three of the missions because the weather was extremely rainy and cold. These missions are not only have an interesting history, the architecture and facades are breathtaking.
The first Spanish mission that I went to was the San Jose church. The San Jose church is a true beauty. The church was built in the 18th century and is still an attraction for the many tourist that come to San Antonio. The church still offers services, such as first communion, marriage, mass, and baptisms. There were no services during my visit, so I was able to walk around the chapel and look at some of the artwork. There is a museum on site that offers visitors the full history of the church and information on the impact the Spanish had on Texas. Out of all the missions that I visited, San Jose is my favorite and I highly recommend.
The next mission that I went to was the Mission Espada. Out of all the missions that I visited, the mission Espada was the only one that looked in ruins and made stare in amazement.
As you walk around the grounds of this mission, you will see maze like structure of bricks (as shown above). The structures are a little over 6 feet, with no roofing, and there are small door like entry ways. The structure reminds me of a small fortress. It was pretty cool to walk through. As you are walking through you come to a large open area of grass where you can see the outline of old brick where the original church was built. Unfortunately my silly butt forgot to take a picture of it.
The last mission that I visited was the mission conceptíon. This mission just as beautiful as the others that I visited but what I liked the most about Conceptíon is the bell towers. The bell towers just captivated me and I wish I would have been able stay and explore the mission a tad bit longer but unfortunately it started to down pour. If I ever make it back to San Antonio this will definitely be one of my first stops!
When the weather finally warmed up my hubby and I walked down the San Antonio River Walk. The River Walk is absolutely lovely and offers people not only an unclose view of the river but also beautiful plants, unique stair cases, and brick benches where you can sit and take it all in. If you would like to get out on the water, there are several different boat tours that you can take along the river!
San Antonio is absolutely breath taking and offers a wide variety of things to do. I am so glad that I was able to go and spend time with my hubby during his season. This trip was a great way to start our first year of marriage!