Before we knew it, it was time for us to hit the highway again and head west to San Antonio. As we passed through several remote farm states along interstate 10 we began to realize just how diverse this great state actually is. From vast subwaypolis to rugged terrain spanning as far as the eye can see, the phrase ‘Everything’s big in Texas’ started to ring true. We arrived in San Antonio and immediately gauged the city’s Latin Heritage and appreciated its aesthetic charm and small town feel (despite being the seventh largest city in the USA).
After dropping off our bags at the Westin Hotel, centrally located right on the river walk, we headed back out and made our way to Bigga on the Banks, one of San Antonio’s most revered restaurants, to interview Bruce Arden, the owner, chef and local Hill County resident. Offering an invaluable insight into this beautiful city, Bruce ensured we left the restaurant with some great Texan advice and we wasted no time in meandering along the river walk itself post-interview. We spent time here soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the riverside bars and restaurants that buzzed with the noise of families and friends enjoying margaritas and authentic Tex Mex food. There are plenty of options for dining along the river, but a private river barge which gently winds its way along the canal whilst serving gourmet food was an experience we couldn’t resist. Cue fresh Guacamole followed by steak and enchiladas, all washed down with Margaritas.
When in San Antonio, a must see has to be the Alamo. Sat in the middle of the city, the ruins of this cultural gem offer an intimate insight into the history of the state and former republic. After our brief Texan history lesson at the ruins, it was then time to mosey on down to the city’s famous Market Square, where we stumbled across a Western Wear store. We had some great fun here rummaging through cowboy boots, hats and leather goods, attire so unique to this historic state. After finally tearing ourselves away from the changing rooms, we made our way into the heart of Market Square and found a buzzing and vibrant market awaiting us, brimming with an array of stores and Tex Mex street food with the accompaniment of electric live music being played in the background.
San Antonio is a great place to be and although we’re only two cities into our Texan adventure, it’s safe to say we’re hooked.