The Alamo and More

One cannot go to San Antonio and not go to the Alamo. In fact, it’s the most visited tourist site in the state of Texas.

If the Alamo is old, then the Pearl is new (although it’s built at the site of an old brewery). Fortunately we were there on a Saturday and could enjoy the extensive Farmer’s Market.

The weather had warmed up enough on Saturday that we didn’t mind standing outside in front of the San Fernando Cathedral to watch a spectacular 24-minute light show at night. It’s hard to describe it, but you can check out this youtube video to get an idea.

Our AirBnB was close to the Hays Street Bridge which we used to get into town.

Hays Street Bridge

It’s from this bridge that you can get this view of the downtown skyline.

San Antonio Skyline

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Fredericksburg, Texas

Our path from Austin to San Antonio was not straight. It led us through the Hill Country of Texas and to the town of Fredericksburg. Known for its German heritage, it seemed to us a good place to visit. The main street is quite long and offers plenty of shopping opportunities.

The main park in town is the Marktplatz which has the Vereins Kirche housing the original site of the Pioneer Museum (now across the street). This building served as the town hall, school, fort and church for all denominations.

Vereins Kirche

The Christmas Pyramid was still up in the Marktplatz.

The current Pioneer Museum boasts about 7 windmills outside.

The building on the right says, “Science, Religion, Patriotism.”

Not pictured is the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Someone saw this tractor and had to stop. It is just like the one he learned to drive when he was about 8. He says it’s a lot smaller than it used to be. It is probably still for sale.

Farmall Fredericksburg

 

Outdoors and Indoors in Austin

The weather was cold and cloudy during our visit to Texas, which limited our outdoor excursions some. The river that runs through town is called the Colorado, but is unrelated to the river that shaped the Grand Canyon and creates the Arizona/California border.

The river is dammed, creating Lady Bird Lake and also flows by Zilker Park, both of which have great trails for running, biking, dog-walking and photography.

On Thursdays the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas is free to all. On cold Thursdays, it’s a great place to hang out.

The LBJ Presidential Library is next to UT Austin.

Keeping Austin Weird

Claremontography is now home from a holiday vacation in Austin and San Antonio, TX. Research about what to do and see in Austin kept leading to all kinds of street art, and the city did not disappoint.

Greetings from Austin

This street art was not on any wall. Every time we walked by him, this street poet was busy creating.

Even though it was not the season to watch the bats from under the bridge, the street at on the bridge was easily visible.

The mother of all street art is the Hope Outdoor Gallery. People bring their own spray paint and keep adding to the walls.

hope outdoor gallery

Hope Gallery Austin

 

 

Biking Town

I’m almost done reading this fun book about the history of bikes in Amsterdam and one American’s integration into Dutch bike culture.

In the City of Bikes

It made me think about our times in Holland. (Obviously.)

There is no way that Claremont comes close to having a love affair with bikes the way the Dutch do, but I usually see bikes every day. The college students use them frequently.

There are some dedicated bikeways, but even a street like Foothill is wide enough for bikes and cars. (That doesn’t mean that drivers are especially kind to bikers, though.)

Once I saw this group of riders having a fun Sunday ride through the Village.

In 2011 the Amgen Tour of California came through town. That was exciting!

Claremont AmgenAmgen Claremont

But usually we don’t have need for signs such as these which we saw all over Holland.

Geen Fietsen

Don’t you dare put your bike here!