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Travel tips
« on: September 06, 2016, 08:05:21 AM »
Anyone has travel tips to any destinations?

I went to San Antonio for the weekend and it looks like a touristy town.  I kind of enjoyed my stay there because every attractions are grouped together in one place and you can pretty much walk to all of the destinations.  Here are some dos and don'ts.

-  Visit The Alamo just for the hell with it.  The Alamo is a Spanish Mission pretty much dedicated to the Texan defenders who died there.  There is little early historical sense of the place as a Spanish Mission.  The grounds are redesigned and well maintained to cater to tourists.

-  Get one of these souvenirs.

- Visit the Spanish missions to get a sense of the lives of the Spanish settlers and the native Indians.  You can examine every details of the grounds and you are free to roam everywhere.  It's very beautiful.  The walls are thick like a dungeon.

-  Go on the River Walk just to enjoy a stroll or on a boat if you don't feel like walking.

-  Go up to the Tower of the Americas.  You can feel the breeze up there and enjoy a free 4D movie.


-  Don't go to the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum or the Guiness World Records Museum.  It's a rip off for the price or admissions. They only have posters on the wall to display the exhibits. 

- Don't go to the Market Square.  It's just a bunch of shops and food stalls where they charge $6 for a really small gordita.  There is even a Vietnamese guy with a stall selling Vietnamese sandals.

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Re: Travel tips
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2016, 08:43:45 AM »
travel off season. I recently went to tucsan az, even off season it's still buzzing so imagine what a tourist trap it would be in high season.

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Re: Travel tips
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2016, 10:53:22 PM »
The original fortress that they took the last stand in doesn't exist anymore IIRC, as Santa Anna leveled it all to the ground after the battle. This popular "Alamo" site used to be a Spanish church at the perimeter of the Alamo compound!! 

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Re: Travel tips
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2016, 01:02:13 PM »
The church of the Alamo was part of the fortress at the perimeter.  The front part of the garison is completely gone now.  Just the church and the side building remains.

It wasn't well kept after the battle.  It was owned by a company and was used as a warehouse for a period of time.

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Re: Travel tips
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2016, 12:47:19 AM »
Has a lot to do with slavery as well. Mexican constitution back then had banned it, but Texans still needed to import slave labors for their huge plantations.

That church was used as a hospital at one point, but I think the Hugo Schmeltzer building (with a roof and balcony) wasn't there at the time of the battle. The original structure was a block fortress with an open top where they can shoot through the battlement walls. I imagine the defenders could had pulled a fighting retreat after strengthening the corner gun positions, but chose to stood their ground instead.

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