Day 1 brought us to The Alamo. She was just amazed to be in the presence of hollowed grounds and amazing history.
( I have more pictures of The Alamo and River Walk from this Alamo field trip post two years ago.)
After checking into our hotel, we took a cab down to the River Walk for dinner.
You can pay these gentlemen ($10 a song) to stop and serenade your table. They sang a couple for my mom and the kids...they were so enjoyable, and a new experience for my mom.
Day 2 was so much better!
After a good breakfast, we set out for San Fernando Cathedral...(Ester had just studied about it in Texas history). What another AMAZING piece of history!!
(I hope they were talking to God in the tabernacle about their behavior ;)
In the vestibule of the church, I came upon this...
During the siege of The Alamo, President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna had the remains of all the 189 men who died in the battle burned. Those remains are in the crypt pictured above.
Next was a trip to see some more of the original San Antonio Missions.
Mission Concepcion (still an active parish) ::
We hopped back in the car and headed to Mission San Jose. (Also an active parish.)
Being the largest mission of them all, there was extensive walking involved. Mom just headed to the main gate and walked a little inside the area to get a peak.
I have many more beautiful pictures of Mission San Jose and Mission Concepcion from this field trip post two years ago.
We headed south on Mission Trail to see Mission Espada Aqueduct.
This aqueduct was completed in 1741, diverting a river water into a mother ditch. It is still in operation today!
It was considered the "lifeblood" of the Mission Espada, (another active parish).
The kids and I have been to the Missions a few times, but this was the first time we were able to see the aqueduct and Mission Espada.
It was close to 85 degrees that day!
We headed back for home happily exhausted from our travels and site seeing. My mom saw a LOT so much. I am so happy that we were able to do this with her. So many great memories!
~ Patty ~