Thursday, September 22, 2011

San Antonio is Colorful!

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!


  1. Awesome photos ! Looks like a fun time and a wonderful place to kick up your heals ! Have a wonderful eve.

  2. I will be right over to join you and Rhonda in her beautiful new Mercedes! Your photos are great, and looks like you guys had a lot of fun. You should check out one of my best blogging buddies blogs: She's in your neck of the woods!! Tell her I sent you over. Knowing Anne, she'd LOVE to join you and Rhonda for an adventure!! :)
    (Plus her blog has a lot of good recipes. LOL!)
    Have a great weekend.

  3. Just saw your comment on Gloria's blog and thought I'd pop in. So glad I did! I recognize a few of those houses on your previous post (or at least I think I do). My husband and I were in Houston last May for a college event and did a lot of driving around and looking. We have a 1921 bungalow and were most interested in the area where I think your photos are taken. What a fun trip to San Antonio!


  4. Bear has never been to San Antonio. It's a long way from my den, which is in Canada.
    Blessings and (gentle) Bear hugs, Susan.

  5. I love San Antonio! We spend Christmas there a few years ago and it was a great time to visit! Wow...I would love to go back! ♥


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