The city of Missions

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the Alamo at dusk

San Antonio, in Texas, is dotted with missions having more of them than any other city in the United States. But seeing all of them has been made difficult by having no linking between them. established in 1718
Now that has altered and a new river walk will connect every one of the missions. The walk, created on reclaimed land that used to regularly flood enables visitors not just to visit the missions but also to see other visitors that have arrived and taken up residency. I am taking of native plants that have sprung up and wildlife and birds that have moved in to the area.
The catholic missions were established along the San Antonio River in the eighteenth century, the first of them being in 1718 and called San Antonio de Valero or – as we know it – Alamo. The purpose of them was introduce Spanish ways to the local native tribes and thence, convert them to Christianity. But they were more than religious centres; they were social gathering places and became mini-towns in their own right.

Instead of visitors with a historical or religious bent now visiting to see the missions, there are now bird watchers and animal lovers who are coming as well. And because of the creation by the San Antonio River Authority of these paths walkers and cyclists have arrived. And like Topsy, it grows!
There is another new reason you might want to visit San Antonio. It is experiencing a boom in restaurants with nine new ones planning to open during 20113. Now the Culinary Institute of America which specialises in Latin American cookery has opened in the city as well.
For Britons, there are no direct flights so we have to fly into either Houston or Dallas and hire a car. It’s about a three hour drive from Houston and five from Dallas. And the advantage of having a car is that you can see some parts of Texas that many Britons don’t visit on the trip there such as Big Bend which featured in CD-Traveller yesterday..

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Image ©Al Rendon and Visit San Antonio

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