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Travel Tips Welcome, Dallas and San Antonio 5 days next week (Vanity, of course)
self | 2/1/2013 | morphing libertarian

Posted on 02/01/2013 2:42:49 PM PST by morphing libertarian

After a year of medical problems and working too many hours, taking short vacation. Dallas and San Antonio. Soliciting freeper tips and hot spots for senior tourist who can still walk.


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KEYWORDS: dallas; sanantonio; texas; travel
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Dealey Plaza and Alamo already on my bucket list.

Other sites, good food spots, etc. welcome.

Will have car and willing go out of town apiece (intentional solicitous Texas talk).

Just 5 days total.

Cheap shots, zots, derisive humor also welcome.

Thanx.

1 posted on 02/01/2013 2:42:59 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

The River Walk and the Mercado in San Antonio for sure.


2 posted on 02/01/2013 2:44:33 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: morphing libertarian

Schilo’s deli is a must stop for me in San Antonio just for a frosted mug of Spaten Optimator fom the tap or Home made root beer in a frosted mug from the tap.

The rueben is good too.

http://schilos.com/


3 posted on 02/01/2013 2:47:34 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Do you have a favorite restaurant on the river walk?

Thanx.


4 posted on 02/01/2013 2:48:27 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: mylife

Thanx. I can see I won’t miss too many meals.


5 posted on 02/01/2013 2:49:30 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

Definitely the River Walk.

The Alamo is one of five missions established in San Antonio back in the day. If you enjoy historical site (as I suspect you do), check out the other four missions!

http://visitsanantonio.com/visitors/play/history-heritage/san-antonio-missions/index.aspx


6 posted on 02/01/2013 2:49:45 PM PST by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: morphing libertarian

Be sure to check out the Sixth Floor Museum when you’re at Dealey Plaza.


7 posted on 02/01/2013 2:49:46 PM PST by MomofMarine
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To: morphing libertarian

In Dallas — Nasher Sculpture Center is very nice, as is the art museum. In all honesty, the tour of Cowboys Stadium is always a big hit when people visit us — but there’s quite a bit of walking. Drive from Dallas to Ft. Worth and catch the museums there, as well — very nice. Have a great time!


8 posted on 02/01/2013 2:50:34 PM PST by Rightwingacademic
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To: morphing libertarian

I agree on the Riverwalk and Mercado in San Antonio (and Alamo is right there anyway).
In Dallas, if you like this sort of thing, the Dallas World Aquarium is fantastic, with it’s rainforest exhibit and its not as large as going to a zoo. I took some fantastic photos there last fall with my son and grandson. Some of the birds are flying freely, plus they have a cool aquarium “tunnel” where sharks and such swim around and overhead. Of course it’s downtown Dallas. We took the train in which I don’t think I would do again. I’m not sure how far it is from Dealey Plaza as it’s been a long time since I lived in the area.


9 posted on 02/01/2013 2:52:28 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: morphing libertarian

There was at one time a self-guided mission tour out of San Antonio. You get a printed guide and drive to each mission at your own pace - can be done over more than one day. Check with the Chamber of Commerce or visitors bureau in SA.


10 posted on 02/01/2013 2:53:37 PM PST by texgal (end no-fault divorce laws return DUE PROCESS & EQUAL PROTECTION to ALL citizens))
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To: MomofMarine

Thanx. I’m all over the plaza and want to look out THE window.


11 posted on 02/01/2013 2:53:46 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Rightwingacademic

thanx for taking the time, sounds good


12 posted on 02/01/2013 2:54:24 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

any JFK-LHO wonks know how the current view from the window varies vis a vis the tree branches then and now? I will ask at the time, of course.


13 posted on 02/01/2013 2:56:24 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

In Forth worth the Stockyards are excellent and the zoo.
The FW Stock show and rodeo is roaring right now.
I and half a dozen Tx freepers will be there next friday night.

http://www.fwssr.com/

http://www.fortworthstockyards.org/

Billy Bob’s is in the FW Stockyards

http://billybobstexas.com/


14 posted on 02/01/2013 2:56:31 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Friday and Sat in SA.

Thanx.

Billy Bobs looks worth a trip over earlier.

Thanx.


15 posted on 02/01/2013 2:59:05 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

Most of them are pretty touristy.

I like the Iron Cactus

http://www.ironcactus.com/san-antonio

Than there is Mi Tierra over in the Mercado (2 blocks away)

http://www.mitierracafe.com/


16 posted on 02/01/2013 3:00:10 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: morphing libertarian

Sorry we will miss you.


17 posted on 02/01/2013 3:01:04 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: morphing libertarian
If you are driving between the two on I-35, make a stop in Waco. Waco is similar to Austin, but without the weirdness and the hippies.

There is the Texas Ranger Museum. The Dr. Pepper Museum, Dr. P was born in Waco and is older than Coke and Pepsi. Also there is the Suspension Bridge over the Brazos, it is the oldest bridge of its type in the nation and was designed by the man that designed the Brooklyn Bridge.

Also stop at the Texas Capital in Austin. The legislature is currently in session and is always good for political entertainment.

Enjoy your vacation and let us know how it turns out.

18 posted on 02/01/2013 3:05:43 PM PST by Weaponier (FREE TEXAS!)
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To: mylife

I will do more advance posting next trip. Didn’t think about freeper evenets.

Thanx anyway.


19 posted on 02/01/2013 3:06:19 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Weaponier
And the Waco health camp!


20 posted on 02/01/2013 3:08:50 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Weaponier

Thanx. yeah will drive. Probably do lunch and a drive by in Waco.

TR Museum sounds good.

Don’t know why I thought Austin was further east.

Are the dems still hiding out? Is it safe?


21 posted on 02/01/2013 3:09:43 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: mylife

Treadmills inside?


22 posted on 02/01/2013 3:11:14 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

be back in awhile


23 posted on 02/01/2013 3:12:00 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian; Spktyr; GeronL
Be very careful if you spend any time at all in downtown Dallas. It's swarming with illegals and urban thugs when the sun goes down. I don't go there unless I'm well armed due to the goon element that overtakes the area once the workforce leaves the skyscrapers and heads to the safe harbor of the exurbs. Those from the area will recall when a Dallas Police officer was killed in cold blood outside a downtown McDonalds with a crowd of what we now call Holder's people looking on and cheering. The story of that incident involving John Chase was chronicled in the Los Angeles Times, using some highly accurate descriptions that now would be regarded as politically incorrect.

On the other hand, my fear of downtown Fort Worth is far less. It's "Where the West Begins" and, for the most part, a better crowd is found there.

Note that since I'm 70, I remember when downtown areas used to be nice, with motion picture houses, family-oriented restaurants and department stores. The liberal policies that began under JFK and accelerated with LBJ have killed once pleasant urban areas. I've pinged a few people from the area to get their take and to also see if they recall the brutal murder of John Chase that led to the Back the Blue campaign.

24 posted on 02/01/2013 3:12:05 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: morphing libertarian

Hope you Have a good relaxing vacation. I don’t have any ideas for actual sites to see or things to do as much as a list of BBQ restaurants! LOL (I plan to do a BBQ tour of Texas in the Near future)


25 posted on 02/01/2013 3:13:14 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: morphing libertarian

WHATEVER YOU DO, WHEN YOU GO TO SAN ANTONIO DO NOT DRINK THE WATER. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DRINK ANY WATER THERE.

(There’s nothing wrong with the water, we just don’t have any to spare.)


26 posted on 02/01/2013 3:14:25 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: morphing libertarian

Just awesome burgers, fries and malts. It has been there since 1949.
The place maybe mobbed with Baylor Girls.


27 posted on 02/01/2013 3:14:39 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: morphing libertarian

La Mansion del Rio Hotel in San Antonio. It is right on The Riverwalk.

Superb.

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28 posted on 02/01/2013 3:14:56 PM PST by Mears
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To: re_nortex

You don’t hang out in Fair Park?


29 posted on 02/01/2013 3:16:34 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Zeppelin

I second your suggestion. You will probably have a better time at the other 4 missions than at the Alamo.


30 posted on 02/01/2013 3:18:09 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: mylife
Haha, thanks for that, brought back memories. I loved that place. Used to travel between Austin and Tyler every week and it was either Health Camp, Kim's or the Elite Cafe in Waco and some hole in the wall hamburger place in Marlin if we were going the scenic route.

I never ate at the Elite without seeing a fender bender in the traffic circle. Something about those guys that just perplex us Texans.

31 posted on 02/01/2013 3:19:35 PM PST by Proud_texan
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To: morphing libertarian

If you have time, touring our great State Capitol is pretty cool.
The grounds and capitol are open to the people, seeing as we own it.
It’s really a must see for anyone living here.
Beautiful.


32 posted on 02/01/2013 3:20:14 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: morphing libertarian

Yes, River Walk - Casa Rio restaurant on River Walk, eat outside, very old landmark. Also Alamo, and Mexican Market. This is the best time of year - no 105 temps.


33 posted on 02/01/2013 3:20:14 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Proud_texan

I was a little let down with the malts.
No one makes a decent malt anymore, but the burgers and fries just rocked.


34 posted on 02/01/2013 3:22:36 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: morphing libertarian

You have been given some good advice. I will say again....... that the San Antonio Missions are one of my favorite destinations. They are an easy drive from the Alamo. Ft Worth has some nice museums if you like art.


35 posted on 02/01/2013 3:25:42 PM PST by Ditter
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To: mylife
You don’t hang out in Fair Park?

Good one. :-)

No way will I get near Fair Park any more. It was still borderline OK around 1981 or so but that whole area is doing its best to become Detroit South. I can fully understand why Jerry Jones opted to locate Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. It's a shame that the thugs have ruined that area since the "House that Doak (Walker) Built" used to be in a great, safe, family-friendly area with the intriguing Art Deco buildings.

36 posted on 02/01/2013 3:26:36 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: re_nortex

Yeah it is a shame the architecture is cool.


37 posted on 02/01/2013 3:30:35 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: morphing libertarian
The last time I was in San Antonio, I drove the Mission Trail and visited several eighteenth-century missions, including San José, Concepción, and Mission San Juan Capistrano. And, of course, I visited the most famous of them all, San Antonio de Valero, named for the Egyptian churchman St. Anthony the Great and Baltasar de Zúñiga y Guzmán, marquis of Valero, a hero in the war between the Habsburgs and the Turks and the Spanish viceroy of New Spain at the time the mission was built. The mission is better known by another name.

Surf over here for more information about the missions.

38 posted on 02/01/2013 3:30:35 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: I cannot think of a name

I’m from San Diego. Well be drinking from the ocean as soon as Carlsbad puts up the plant.

I’ll put a case of cal bottled water behind the third tree on the right of the Alamo for you


39 posted on 02/01/2013 3:32:17 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Ditter

Been to many missions in cal

From some of the comments may hit Daley plaza and stop awhile in austin


40 posted on 02/01/2013 3:35:12 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

Check out the new Omni hotel in Dallas (near the convention center) especially at night when it’s all lit up. Get a drink and sit by the pool or whatever. You won’t be disappointed.


41 posted on 02/01/2013 3:35:24 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Weaponier
If you are driving between the two on I-35, make a stop in Waco. Waco is similar to Austin, but without the weirdness and the hippies.

There is the Texas Ranger Museum.

I think Waco is wonderful! And I can understand why Ken Starr (yes, that one) fled the leftist Malibu, California area for God's Country of Central Texas to take on the presidency of Baylor University.

By the way, here's a link to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum just off I-35 north of Waco. It's a great place to visit, both fun and educational.

42 posted on 02/01/2013 3:35:32 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Mears

Thanx


43 posted on 02/01/2013 3:36:20 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian
Also of note in San Antonio is VFW Post 76, the oldest post in Texas.

It is on the river walk but away from the tourist fray.
It is open to the public and does serve beer and wine at VFW prices.


44 posted on 02/01/2013 3:36:51 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: brytlea

Thanx


45 posted on 02/01/2013 3:37:32 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: re_nortex

Thank for the link


46 posted on 02/01/2013 3:38:57 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: mylife

Looks like a good stop


47 posted on 02/01/2013 3:40:19 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

Hope you post photos of your trip and ping me! I miss TX and don’t get back often enough. :)


48 posted on 02/01/2013 3:40:52 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: brytlea

We took the train in which I don’t think I would do again.”

We stayed in Plano and took the train to the State Fair on the same day Oklahoma and Texas were playing in the Cotton Bowl. Only went because it was on my bucket list. I’m an OU grad but chose to wear neither red or burnt orange that day, cause I now live in Texas. Train trip was delightful and non-stop to the Fair, just crammed with football fans. Didn’t realize there were so many things that you could wear with cowboy boots.

Other than the fair, wouldn’t give you a plug nickel for Dallas - love Fort Worth though.


49 posted on 02/01/2013 3:41:26 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Marcella

Thank for food tips


50 posted on 02/01/2013 3:42:16 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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