A visit to the Alamo calls for proper Texan attire…Bring on the cowboy hat, chaps and red bandana!
When you go on vacation to a place you have never visited, it is natural to do touristy things. Which is why, when the humans and I visited San Antonio, Texas during Thanksgiving, we HAD to go check out the Mision San Antonio de Valero, aka: The Alamo.
What Is The Alamo?
Founded in the 18th century as a Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, the Alamo was built for the education of Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity.
Sometime later, after the site was abandoned, US military units came and turned the mission into a fortress, and would later become the site for the iconic Texas war for independence from Mexico in 1836.
A small group of Texan volunteer soldiers were outnumbered by Mexican troops at this site after 13 days of, literally, holding down the fort. On the 13th day, Mexican invaders finally overpowered them and ended up killing almost all the US soldiers.
For Texans, the Battle of the Alamo became an enduring symbol of their heroic resistance to oppression and their struggle for independence which we know, they won later that year.
I would just like to ask….Can’t we all just get along?
Things to Do Near The Alamo
The Alamo is located in the heart of ‘downtown’ San Antonio, that means that when you are done taking a tour of the grounds, there are lots of other things to do nearby.
- Enjoy the gardens and ground throughout the city. Manicured lawns and endless pruned bushes means lots of places to leave pee-mails.
- Take a city tour while on a horse drawn carriage. Yes, I did see a horse for the first time. What strange creatures!! They are so tall and have even longer faces than Sottie Dogs.
- Eat in one of the many delicious cafes, ice cream shops or restaurants in the zone and stop to people (and dog) watch. This area is super dog friendly!
- Head over to Riverwalk and check out the San Antonio river (more to come on this in my next blog post)
- Make new friends! Texans are REAL friendly. Check out the friends I made, below!