One of the highlights of our trip to San Antonio was getting to see the historic Alamo in person; I remember learning about the Battle of the Alamo back in elementary school and being so taken by the sacrifices made by the men who had bravely fought there for Texan independence.
I was a little surprised by the small size of the monument--for a place that looms so large in American history, I was expecting something much more grandiose. But the time-worn and battle-scarred eighteenth-century facade did not disappoint, especially since one could walk right up to it and examine all of its architectural details up close.
We had hoped to take the tour of the chapel but long lines and an increasingly cranky Sammy (who was long overdue for a nap) kind of put a damper on those plans, although we did enjoy walking around the grounds and checking out the Long Barracks and other structures on the site. We'll definitely make sure to take the tour the next time we find ourselves in San Antonio.