Texas

Thinking and Writing About the Alamo

July 30, 2014
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There is a simple truth about my writing: Some blog posts practically write themselves. Others are a struggle. Some topics never see the light of day because no matter how many drafts I write, I’m not happy with any of them. Some writers approach an experience having already decided what their angle is. I’d rather […]

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San Antonio for the History Lover

December 4, 2013
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History isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I know. There are certain periods of history that I find just as boring as most teenagers probably do (coughRevolutionaryWarcough). But other than New Orleans, I can’t think of a city in the US whose history I find more fascinating than that of San Antonio. It’s one of the […]

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San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden

October 30, 2013
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Picture a tranquil koi pond, stocked with the large, bright orange fish, surrounded by rock-lined walking paths, a waterfall, gardens, and a traditional Japanese tea house. Now picture all that in the middle of. . .Texas? Yes, Texas. Land of cattle drives and oil fields and the Alamo. If this seems like an odd juxtaposition, […]

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The Spooky Side of San Antonio

October 9, 2013
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Ghost tours are fast becoming one of my favorite evening activities in a new city. After going on a fantastic New Orleans ghost tour a few years ago, I decided that San Antonio would be another good city for exploring haunted sites. After all, wherever there is significant bloodshed, there tends to be ghosts–or at […]

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The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum: Freakiest Attraction in San Antonio

July 3, 2013
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Have you ever had a nightmare where you were in a carnival funhouse, surrounded by bizarre creatures, and you couldn’t find the way out? Where you wandered through room after maze-like room with tilted angles and strange sights, looking for the exit and not finding it? I had that experience at the Buckhorn Saloon and […]

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Drury Plaza Hotel Riverwalk: A San Antonio Bargain You Can Bank On

June 26, 2013
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Several years ago, when passing through Nashville on a business trip with my former boyfriend, we stayed at a Drury Inn & Suites. That was my first encounter with the Drury hotel chain, which is present in the southern and midwestern part of the U.S., but not the northeast where I’m from. We chose it […]

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Dining Around San Antonio

April 24, 2013
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San Antonio, Texas is a great city for sampling margaritas and mojitos and local brews, but it’s also fun to sample regional food specialties—and not just the obvious ones. Sure, you’ll want to try Mexican food and BBQ here, but don’t forget about the famous Gulf seafood and German food (thanks to the region’s German […]

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On the Spanish Mission Trail in San Antonio

April 10, 2013
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If I ever hear anyone say “Oh if you’ve seen one Spanish mission, you’ve seen them all,” I might have to have words with that person. Because nothing could be further from the truth. San Antonio is rich in Spanish history and features five missions of historical note: The Alamo, which is in the center […]

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San Antonio River Tour: Getting the Lay of the River

March 13, 2013
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You know how when you visit a new city, you always want to take the first day to get the lay of the land on foot, by bus, or even by driving around? Well, in San Antonio, the San Antonio River (and the Riverwalk) is such a central part of the city, that one of […]

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