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San Antonio, Texas- as every city- has its own way to captivate residents and visitors. San Antonio is a synonym of Fiesta.

San Antonio, Texas como cada ciudad tiene su s propias formas de cautivar tanto a los residents, como a los turistas. 

Day 1

We flew from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Houston, TX on Jet Blue Airlines. At the airport, we rented a car and went around Houston for some quick city sightseeing.

Volamos desde Fort Lauderdale, Fl hasta Houston, TX en  la aereolinea Jet Blue, una ves en el aereopuerto rentamos el carro y nos fuimos a dar una vuelat a por la ciudad de Houston.

Houston Capitol

Houston Capitol

 

Houston Buildings

Houston Buildings

 

Two hours later, we arrived in San Antonio. Our charming hotel was right on the Riverwalk.

Dos horas mas tarde, llegamos a San Antonio. Nuestro hotel estaba justo en el Paseo del Rio.

San Antonio is full of energy, its Riverwalk  is considered the “American Venice,” it is  romantic, historic, cozy, and inviting.

San Antonio esta lleno de energia, su Paseo del Rio es considerado la Venecia de America, es romantico, historico y atrevido.

First thing first: Stroll the Riverwalk (two and a half miles) all day long, crossing the many bridges. There is so much to see and do: cafes, restaurants, shops, and shows. Once tired, get on a Riverwalk taxi to enjoy the view from another point.

Lo primero, es lo primero: Caminar todo el Paseo del Rio (dos millas y media), cruzar sus puentecitos, hay tanto que hacer y ver: cafes, restaurants,  tiendas, shows. Una ves cansados, sube a uno de los taxis de rio y disfruta el paisaje desde otro punto.

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Later, we visited The Mall, and La Villita; we found out there was going to be a show at night in the Arneson River Theater and bought tickets to it. What a spectacular show!!! Fiesta Noche del Rio (summer show with sights and sounds of musical extravaganza, flamenco, mariachi, typical songs and dances from Spain, Argentina, Caribbean, Mexico and Texas).

Tarde, visitamos el Mall y La Villita, y nos enteramos de este show en el Teatro Arneson del Rio y compramos tickets para la noche. Que espectaculo!!! Fiesta Noche del Rio es un show que hacen cada verano con bailes y musica tipica de Espana, Argentina, El Caribe, Mexico y Texas, incluye flamenco y mariachis.

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The next day, we visited The Japanesse Tea Garden in the morning.

El proximo dia, visitamos el Jardin Japones en la manana.

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During the afternoon, we headed to the Hemisfer Park: we went up to Torre de las Americas to enjoy the view of the city, visited San Fernando Catedral, The Market Square,  and The Alamo.

En la tarde visitamos El Hemisfer Park: subimos a la Torre de las Americas para disfrutar la vista de la ciudad, visitamos la Catedral San Fernando, el  Mecado y El Alamo.251

The market square

The Market Square                           Day 3

 

This day we chose to visit some of The Missions: Mission San Jose, Mission Cocepcion, Mission Espada; all of them represent the Spanish influence in our culture.

Este dia recorrimos las diferentes misiones, mission de San Jose, Mision Concepcion y mission espada todas representan la influencia espanola en nuestra cultura.

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El proposito de las misiones era el de covertir a los nativos en sujetos espanoles convirtiendolos al catolisismo y ensenandolos a trabajar la artesania europea. Cada mission tenia su propia iglesia, granero, lugares donde vivir y trabajar, contaban con sus propias tierras y pasto.

Day 4 – Last Day

Natural Bridge Caverns and River Adventure.  No, it is not a tour!!! We drove to the caverns  and visited them on our own. On the way back to the city, we saw the river and people jumping in… pf course, we did the same. Unexpected, super fun!!!

Las Cavernas Naturales y el bano en el rio no fue un tour que hicimos, simplemente manejamos hasta las cuevas, las visitamos y luegoen el camino de regreso a la ciudad vimos a personas saltando al rio y decidimos hacer lo mismo. Muy divertido!!!

 

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The Smoky National Park

 

  • Prepare your trip ahead of time, The Smoky National Park can be dangerous during winter months. Many roads are close and cabins tended to be sold out fast. There are several good logging options, in North Carolina and in Tennessee, both will give you access to the park. Helpful information about the park: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm
  • I choose Tennessee just because Gatlinburg (town) offers a lot to do and see. There is also Pigeon Forge (sister town) and many RV campgrounds in both towns.
  • In Gatlinburg you have endless options: luxury cabins(with pools, spa, theater), economic cabins, higher cabins, cabins and hotels near the river, cabins with lots of rooms or few rooms and many more. Good information here: CabinsoftheSmokyMountains.com, http://www.vrbo.com, AmericanMountainRentals.com
  • Our Cabin

    Our Cabin

    Snowy Nights /Board Games and Hot Cocoa

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  • Visit the visitor center, get safety tips from the rangers and a map. GPS can give you inaccurate information in the mountains.
  • Divide your map, in parts (days) so you won’t skip anything. There is a lot to do and see!!!
  • Always take snacks, and drinks with you.
  • Fill your car with gas before go.
  • Begin with the classic picture of the sign entrance (main road)

Getting to The Smoky National Park

    Stop a lot. Take many pictures and enjoy the view.

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  • Continue with Newfound Gap Road. Stop to do some hiking to Mount Le Conde (will take almost the entire day back and forth) Be prepare for lots of walking. Follow the signs and stay in groups.
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    Cable Mill

    Cable Mill

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Oconaluftee Valley Overlook

Oconaluftee Valley Overlook

Cades Cove is an isolated valley located in the Tennessee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA.

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Once in Cades Cove, follow the loop road .

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Stop to allow deer get closer to your car.

Laurel Creek Rd. Little River Rd.

Laurel Creek Rd.
Little River Rd.
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  • Gatlinburg Attractions: Sky Lift Chairs , Ober Gatlinburg Funicular, Museums, All Kinds of Restaurants , Bear Habitat, Beautiful Strip, Shops
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Skiing at Ober Gatlinburg

I hope you’ve enjoyed this itinerary, I’ve putted together for you and remember keep traveling!!!!