While in San Antonio celebrating our one year wedding anniversary, we decided to visit The Alamo. We’ve both been there when we were younger, but it’s funny how much you don’t remember (I thought it was MUCH bigger!) and how much more you enjoy the history as an adult. If you’re interested in reading some of the history, I really like this synopsis on the History Channel’s website.
We are bad travel photographers who completely forgot to take a picture of the front of the building. It was under construction anyway, and really didn’t look pretty. We did mean to take a picture on the way out but it slipped out minds.
We briefly wandered through the shrine portion of the Alamo (which is the iconic building we all think of) but sorry, no photos are allowed to be taken inside.
We also went through the museum exhibits in the Long Barrack which was really interesting.
I think what we both enjoyed most was the courtyard area. Beautiful architecture and lush greenery. We had fun playing with our new camera accessory and trying out some wide angle shots and some macro shots in the courtyard.
I particularly enjoyed coming across these bright purple berries, which I later discovered are called Beauty Berries. I’ve never seen bright purple berries before and they are my FAVORITE shade of purple. I also loved the purple flowers I found, as well.
We can get beautiful macro shots now that we haven’t been able to get with our iPhones before. It was a shutterbug’s paradise.
We loves seeing all the canons and reading the various plaques around the property.
Everywhere you turn in the courtyard area, there is another beautiful view… something to appreciate.
Of course, there is a lot more to The Alamo than the courtyard and the foliage. That just happened to be the most enjoyable part for us 🙂 Plus you can’t take pictures inside, lol.
We highly recommend a visit, especially if you enjoy history. Bonus, for those who collect National Parks stamps – it is a National Historic Site and they do offer a passport stamp. You just have to ask at the desk inside the Shrine (not the gift shop which is where we thought it would be), and it does not have a date on it unfortunately.
Did I mention, visiting the Alamo is completely free? We recommend it as a very family friendly place to visit – great for all ages.