Texas or Bust Part 2

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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!

img_2117 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!

Texas or Bust Part 1

 


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One of my first travels that opened my eyes to new experiences was my trip to San Antonio, Texas. My husband was working in San Antonio right after we were married and I decided that I would go with him. There is a lot to do and see in San Antonio, six flags, sea world, and the river walk. But aside from the usual tourist attractions are the hidden gems of Texas.

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The first adventure that I went on was to the San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden. I was excited to see this because I spent some time in Japan; one of the most beautiful, peaceful, and respectful countries that I have had the pleasure of visiting. Although nothing can compare to the natural beauty of Japan, the San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden came close.

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I had the pleasure of walking the stone bridges, looking at Koi fish, beautiful plants, and spending time by the waterfall with my husband. He’s not the really adventurous type and doesn’t really spend time in places like this, but I’m glad he came with me and experienced the beauty of the Japanese Tea Garden.

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Another gem that I found around the San Antonio area are the Natural Bridge Caverns. This was my first time visiting a cavern and let me tell it is a natural wonder.
My husband and I walked 180 feet under a natural bridge that was created by a sink hole. The cavern was filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Such beautiful formations I really wanted to touch but that is a third degree felony that I do not want on my record. Plus the oils on our skin and probably the bacteria that we carry stops the formations from growing.The natural formations are a site to see and I highly recommend them!

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After seeing my first set of caverns I wanted to see more. Luckily for me Texas is filled with them! Unfortunately my husband had to work and couldn’t go with me. So I had a solo adventure to Long Horn cavern.
I swore to myself that I would never buy a selfie stick, but with my husband not being there to take my picture I needed to get one and I’m glad I did!

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The Long Horn Cavern was similar to the Natural Bridge Cavern when it came to travel more than 100 feet under ground, but it’s the history of Long Horn that captured my attention. Long Horn cavern was at one point a speak easy! Cool right!? You can still see the lipstick and nail polish on the walls of the cavern! Can you imagine boozing and jazzing it up in a cave! The history geek in me came alive! There are pictures of the parties in the visitors center.

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Unlike Natural Bridge I was able touch the rocks in the cave without causing future damage. My favorite part of this cavern was the section filled with crystallized minerals. Some of the minerals were as large or larger than my head. My picture above does not to this room justice. Oh and I was able to touch these as well!
This cave was amazing to walk through. If you are tall or tall-ish, like myself, be prepared for bending over and ducking or you will leave with a souvenir on your head or you’ll wake up a hibernating bat!

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Oh yeah this cavern has a ton of bats. They aren’t your average bat, these ones are small and cute. The biggest one I saw was the length of my pinkie. I wish my husband was with me on this trip I think he really would have enjoyed this.

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