Old buildings, food bigger than my head, and a similar ambiance of home, placed San Antonio, Texas close to my heart- and stomach. With Americanized food that could only be summed up in one cliché, “everything is bigger in Texas”.
First objective was to scout out the hotel we were accommodated at; Microtel, a place good for people on a budget and a place of parsimony to match. The night after we settled in we went for a movie near the hotel. The theatre was a part of Regal and it was beautifully structured. The theme was set to look like an old theater; overall it was clean and not very crowded.
The next morning we ventured off to Six Flags Fiesta Texas as the peak of our trip. The weather was hot and humid but expected down here during the summer. Concessions were pricey but all was well worth it. Waits weren’t as long, a benefit to someone of my impatient nature. Of all the rides, The Poltergeist, taking off from zero to 60 in a matter of seconds, won me over.
To cool off from the heat and thrill of the rides we entered the water area of the park. The wave pool also in the shape of our state was one of the biggest let downs. With some complications ending the waves every few minutes or so, people left or rather swam away angrily, as so did I. Leaving the place satisfied with a light tan, smelling like chlorine and a smile on my face was a day well spent.
The most culturally rich stop of our vacation was The San Antonio Museum of art. Walking from room to room you entered a whole different world, from ancient Greece to Old Japan and a naked man in a box? Everything was interesting and some more than others captivated the eyes and senses. On one of the exhibits there was a structure that had Tesla coils in its incasing. With a push of a button lights sparked and lightning seemed as it had been captured.
An adventure within this adventure, we dubbed Tour a la Man vs. Food. These places were all visited by Travel channel’s famous man Adam Richman. First stop was Big Lou’s Pizza, home of the 42 inch pizza. Although we didn’t order one of these behemoths we gazed in amazement as the waiter, two arms over head, gracefully delivered it to the table next to ours. Taking almost two table’s full of space the crowd effervesced with pride over their next meal.
Round two was at Lulu’s Bakery and Café. This homey café is well known for its chicken fried steak and three pound cinnamon roll. It was like biting into a three pound cloud covered in icing.
This city is exciting with plenty to do. Although it was just like home back in Houston it had a flavor all of its own.
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