I'm back from Texas. Have been for a week, but after three out-of-town weekends in April, I've been slow getting back in the saddle. It was a four day trip, but owing to no direct flights from Cleveland to San Antonio, two of those days were mostly travel.
It was Fiesta Week, an annual celebration which spans 10 days. We visited on the first weekend but it seemed more like 'fiesta prep', not too crowded and lots of fluttering flag garlands and viewing stands being erected around the city along parade routes. We didn't stay downtown so there were probably evening events that we missed.
Since I've never been to Texas and had no particular destination preferences, Molly used her mad internet research skills to come up with numerous offbeat destinations which we added to some of the great recommendation comments left on my last post. First stop Saturday morning ~ El Milagrito, home of 'the best breakfast tacos in San Antonio'. No argument here!! It was hard to push away but we had a long list for the day and headed into town.
You can take the girl out of Japan, but....
We spent the day in San Antonio, visiting the Alamo (remember?), strolling the Riverwalk (north from the museum district, down into the city) and browsing galleries & shops at La Villita. The weather was gorgeous all weekend and mariachi bands at the outdoor cafes along the water added to the festive atmosphere. On Sunday, we drove north to Fredericksburg for the day.
Molly found a few fun spots off the beaten path that she knew I'd like. This unassuming store front belongs to San Angel Folk Art, in the Blue Star Art Complex in San Antonio. Filled with wonderful pieces from local and south-of-the-border artists, it's one of those places that you need to browse several times to make sure you don't miss anything!
No photos allowed, but this postcard provides a peek into what awaits inside. We had a great time chatting with the owner, a friendly character who shared my enthusiasm for ethnic textiles. This stop was definitely one of the highlights of our trip and I'd suggest adding a visit if you're spending a day in San Antonio.
But don't blame me if you can't leave without a purchase!