Thursday, April 23, 2009

San Antonio!

If you had read my last blog post, you'll remember that I had planned to "explain myself" about King Tut. The picture above is of the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, where my family had visited 2 years ago. My son and I were in the Luxor visiting the King Tut museum. Although it wasn't the "actual" Tut exhibit, it was a very very good reproduction. We paid our money and marveled at the details and "small" furniture of the boy king.

Well, today was the day we were SUPPOSED to have visited King Tut in Dallas. The "real" exhibit is about to wrap up in a few weeks and this was my chance (lifelong dream) to see the Tut artifacts up close. As I was online about to purchase my tickets, I had noticed the bad reviews (for the most part)... Information that the museum was a rip-off, the advertising was misleading (no golden coffin/sarcophagus) the "Disney" feel to the atmosphere and how they get everyone pumped up, and just when they think they are going to see actual Tut stuff, they are dumped into the gift shop and the tour is over....

Hmmm... I went ahead and clicked on the date and time I wanted to arrive, pay the close to $30 pop for tickets per person, the $7 for audio per person, the $3.50 for convenience charge -- PER PERSON, and then another $3-$4 for another type of "convenience charge" and on top of that, the knowledge that parking was going to cost between $15-$20 ... I realized before I entered my credit card info -- WHAT? AM I CRAZY? Ka-ching! Ka-ching!

Sooo, to make a long story short, I broke the news to my son (whom I had invited) that HEY, let's go to SAN ANTONIO instead!

Yeah, I missed probably a golden opportunity, but I didn't feel like being fleeced.

I"m still checking airline prices for our trip to the middle east. Maybe we'll catch Tut in his hometown...
So here's our substitute day in San Antonio. We only spent a 3rd of what we would have spent in Dallas and we only used a quarter of a tank of gas! Our first stop was the train at the San Antonio zoo... It was actually quite fun and took us around the park and part of town (not inside the zoo like I had originally thought!)
Inside the zoo...
The hippos were underwater and would break for air every 6 min.


Nice to see a Bald Eagle up close...
A nice lady offered to take our picture without me asking...
At the Riverwalk...


We decided to eat at the Republic of Texas cafe, and noticed the birds were dining as well on the table...
They were so hungry, they were oblivious to me being up close. I even managed to pet some...
Lunch menu wasn't bad!!$$$$
Food was good, and so was the atmosphere...
Anyone want on my gift list? ;-)
Howdie!


At the Alamo...
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. The weather was a modest 80-something degrees, a slight breeze, and occasional cloud to ease the heat.

Indoors, we had to take off our hats, no cameras, and with solemn respect, we examined the inside of the Alamo. What an awesome piece of Texas history! It was interesting to see Davey Crockett's personal guns and some of his signed books.



I spotted a lady with streaked blue hair like Josh. I bugged Josh to get into step behind her (without her knowing) so I could take his picture. I teased that people would think they were together, since their hair matched. Josh was bashful to catch up with her and accused me of being the Paparazzi!

I wish we had time to stop indoors for a refreshment, but home was beckoning!


We had a great time. San Antonio is always a lot of fun... I spied the Japanese Tea Garden while going to the zoo and hope to return soon... While passing the garden, Pamela and I did a double take! The guy looked just like Nate! We wondered if perhaps Nate was playing hooky from work? Nah!

8 comments:

Pat aka Posh said...

Wonderful pic's!!!!
Love PJ's pink hat, she looks so cute in it.. I want to go with you the next time you go down there.. I've kicked my butt that we didn't go when Aunt Liz and Uncle Roy went. Grrr hindsight..
We have a Hard Rock Cafe downtown.. went there one night and enjoyed it.

Patty said...

Lucky you!!! It has been awhile since we have been.

How did it feel having Joshua all to your self once again?

Texas Mom said...

It was nice having the kids together again, but Josh and Pam still acted like siblings... "MOM, tell Josh to stop poking me!"... Or "STOP PAM!".... or, "I GET THE FRONT SEAT!!!"....

Texasnoob said...

It looks like you guys had a great time!! I am glad.
I have one week to go and we can start traveling together again.

Woo Hoo

The WoodLand School said...

What a fun day!
I haven't been to the SA zoo yet ... but now it's on my must-visit list.

Ann said...

Looks like you all had a great day. I love outings like this. We are thinking of taking the kids to Turpentine Creek in June. It's a wild animal(mostly tigers and big cats) refuge.

Lauri said...

Hi! Just found your blog by linking over from 'The Woodland School'. I'm Lauri and I live here in SA. Glad you enjoyed yourselves! As for the lady taking your picture...people around here do that a lot. We moved here from Houston, and San Antonio is a MUCH nicer city. People are always friendly.

You must come back for the Japanese Gardens...they were closed for a long time so they could be redone and I've heard that they are really gorgeous now. (Yes, I need to go myself!)

Funny thing...my neighbors went to Dallas to see the King Tut thing this weekend! I checked it all out a while back and decided it was MUCH too expensive also. San Antonio was a much better choice!

Daisy said...

Looks like you had a nice day and it was worth skipping Mr.King Tut's exhibit for. Pamela looks cute in her cowboy hat. I love all the "tropical" landscaping. Scratch me off your gift list ..heehee!:D