April 6th - San Antonio, Texas

We rose to a beautiful sunny morning and Ahmad cooked us all a great breakfast. He then took his superb pink 1960 Ford Thunderbird out of his garage, so that we could admire this wonderful car. He took Bob & Thelma out in it for a short drive.

Ahmad then drove us all into town to do some shopping at a huge Western clothing store. We bought cowboy boots, shirts and jeans which we will wear when we are at Billy Bob's night club in Fort Worth. More about that when we arrive in Fort Worth tomorrow evening.

He then drove us to the centre of San Antonio to visit the two major attractions of San Antonio, the Alamo and the River Walk. The Alamo, which was a Spanish mission, is a small building and is one of America's most historic sites. It was here in 1836 that the famous battle took place against the Mexicans during which Davy Crockett, and all the Americans fighting for Texas independence from Mexican rule, died.

Being Good Friday the place was very busy and long lines snaked through the building to see Davy Crockett's rifle amongst other artifacts on display in the building.

In the plaza in front of the Alamo is the very impressive statue erected in 1936 in memory of all those who died in the battle, with Davy Crockett prominent on the side frieze.

We then walked the short distance to the River Walk. This is actually a canal, rather than a river, which snakes through the centre of the town. It is a very pretty and peaceful place away from the traffic. Water taxis take tourists up and down the waterway and restaurants line the banks. We stopped and had a snack at an Italian restaurant before driving back to Ahmad's house. Ahmad has two delightful small Chinese Sharpe (pronounced 'sharpay') dogs, Rostam and Sohrab. Sohrab has black claws and a black tongue! We will be sad to leave Ahmad & Lida's hospitality tomorrow, and for a bit of fun Lida showed the girls how to dress for Billy Bob's.

Tomorrow we drive up to Fort Worth, which is about 300 miles to the north-east.

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