Thursday, April 19, 2012

San Antonio!

This past weekend, David and I did something that we have talked about for a long time: we took a trip just the two of us! Thanks to David's parents and some friends who all helped watch the kids, David and I were able to have a 3 day, 2 night trip to San Antonio. It was so much fun! This is the first time we've done something like this since before Evelyn was born almost 6 1/2 years ago.

Here's a semi-quick rundown of what we did. On our drive down south we stopped in West, TX at a little gas station that is well-known for their deli/bakery, called The Czech Stop. They have some pretty amazing kolaches, and everything else looked pretty tempting as well. Then we stopped in Austin to visit the Texas State History Museum, which had been highly recommended by a friend. It was really cool, and I wish we had had longer to look at everything.


For dinner that night we stopped in the Gruene (it's German, but here in TX it's pronounced "Green") Historic District inside of New Braunfels at the Gristmill, which was also highly recommended. It is right on the Gruene River, so the restaurant has terraced seating outside that looks right over the river. It was so pretty! (not to mention the food was fantastic)

We stayed the night at a cute Inn in San Antonio, and on Friday we had the much-anticipated visit to the Alamo. I had never been before, and because David had read up on it a lot beforehand, the experience was quite different for him from visiting the Alamo as a teenager. It was fascinating and pretty cool to actually see the famed Alamo.

Then we walked around the Riverwalk, which is really neat and quite beautiful, and enjoyed lunch at a fun Bistro right on the river.

That night we drove up to the San Antonio temple (which was closed for cleaning, unfortunately, so we weren't able to go inside). But it is such a beautiful temple with a lot of wonderful stained glass pictures.

Here is a depiction of the Tree of Life. And while we couldn't get a really close look, I know that one of the trees on the temple has Bluebonnets (the TX state flower) underneath it.

Saturday morning we had fun walking around the San Antonio farmers market.

Then we made our way back northward and stopped in New Braunfels again. This time we went to a cute little museum that explains the German beginnings of the town. The highlight of the museum for us was talking with a little lady who worked there, getting some information that wasn't found in the museum. Then we kept driving until we pulled into Plano Saturday evening. It was a wonderful getaway, and we're hoping to make it a somewhat regular event!
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