And we are OFF......headed to COLORFUL San Antonio, TX for a girl's weekend! My friend Rhonda (with the cute Shanty) picked me up in her new ride and we broke it in!We stayed at a cool, older hotel on the Riverwalk, El Tropicano. It was built in the early 60's and was full of mid-century charm. The reception desk had a great wall of masks.
And in the lobby were the cutest, most colorful phones ever!
Here are some up close pictures of more masks and decorations.
An angelic, baby/man faced creature..............
This was the view from our room. It was very tropical and we felt like we were vacationing in "Me-he-co" (aka Mexico). The reception area and elevators played salsa music that gotcha movin' and groovin'.
Aren't these the coolest couches ever? Orange Leather!!!!
The rooms were classic and comfortable....
The bathroom, small but functional and chic!
Once settled, we were itching to get to the Riverwalk and check it out. From a river that once used to be filled with sewage, etc., San Antonio has created an oasis of relaxation and fun. No wonder Tourism is their biggest industry.
On Saturday, we headed to the "Mexican Market" and shopped. Aguas Frescas are the delicious, icy, juice drinks sold in the middle of the market.And a trip to San Antonio is not complete, without a trip to the 24-hour Mexican Restaurant and Panaderia (Bakery)....Mi Tierra. Here is just a sampling of their wonderful baked goods.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It's a three day celebration that sounds somber, but it is not. It's a happy celebration and Day of the Dead decorations are very big in all the markets.
And how about some ten gallon hats and sarape's.....just what every cowboy (vaquero) needs.We ran across this pretty alter while shopping along the Riverwalk, known for its artsy goods and fun shops.
And of course, we had to PARTY AND DANCE!!!! Hasta la vista...........baby!