San Antonio: A Place to Begin a New Life

With all the economical, political and social issues, have you ever thought of moving to a new place to begin a new life? Well, it might be a  bit stressful because of all the change, moving furniture, new jobs, neighborhood and others things yet, it might still be a good idea for some who seek for a place to live happy and contented. Being a real estate office has its pros, we’ve been living in San Antonio for quite some now and I am very happy that I chose the best place for my family. Why is San Antonio a place to to begin a new life? Let me share some of things good-to-know about my home.

  1. ONE OF THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE ACCORDING TO SURVEY.

According to US NEWS, San Antonio ranks as the 23rd best place to live in the USA because of its big-amenities, world-renowned attractions, and warm welcoming feeling. It might be an old city for some, with its Spanish and Old West atmosphere it still has its charm. The citizens are making sure that they’re on the same wavelength when it comes to innovation and technology. Check out San Antonio’s scorecard poll answered by citizens.

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  1.    LOW COST OF LIVING

People today look for houses that can fit their need, within their budget and match their taste. San Antonio cost of living is lower than the national average. People say it is a big city without the big city feels and count this one fact in. Studies show, that a normal household cost in San Antonio is $178,408.00 versus the national average amounting to $211,731.00 and renters spent about $1000 in a month. With this being said, say goodbye to the sleepless night and unappreciated overtime.

  1.     JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND UNIVERSITIES

If you are a student or an employee who wants to find a better job then San Antonio is the best place for you. There are big universities in San Antonio that can teach students to be innovative with the use of latest technology and produces future scientists that can bring a change to the world. Jobs are plentiful as well since the city is massively growing due to migrants moving to San Antonio for a peaceful city-feels living.

  1.    LOTS OF TOURIST ATTRACTION

The tourist attraction in San Antonio is magnificent, aside from its historical places, it also has lots of nature attraction that are well-maintained. So, if you’re feeling down and need a place of solitude, you can just walk your way to a place that can give you peace and happiness without any effort! Check out  Smart Destinations for more information about some of the best place in San Antonio.

  1. THE PEOPLE ARE NICE AND WELCOMING

People in San Antonio never fails to say hello even to people they meet the first time. They always make sure that you get all the help you need as a newcomer. Lots of military retirees stay in San Antonio because of the government’s medical support, affordable living, veteran benefits, and place to be recognized. With all the military retirees, who can think how dangerous living in San Antonio is? No one.

These are just some of the things I can tell you about San Antonio, there are still a lot of good stuff you need to know about. Welcome to San Antonio!

 

Everything You Need To Know About San Antonio River Walk

Hello, everyone! We want to introduce another amazing place to visit in our beloved San Antonio. The San Antonio River Walk is called the American version of the Venice Grand Canal. It is also called Paseo del Rio or simply River Walk. The River Walk is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River lined by bars, shops, restaurants, nature and public art. Situated one story beneath the streets of San Antonio, the River Walk is a big tourist attraction and a must-see when visiting Texas.

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History

According to its website, it all began in 1536 when Alex Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca visited Texas and describes the River to his people. Then in 1792, when San when the missions in San Antonio were closed down, the growing population of San Antonio made steps to control the flooding in the area. This made commercial development along the river possible. On June 28, 1929, Robert H. Hugman presents his plan for “The Shops of Romula and Aragon” to the city but the Depression prevents further expenditures.

It was in 1936 that Texas Centennial Jack White, manager of the White Plaza Hotel, that teamed up with the Mexican Businessmen’s Association to stage the first river parade called “A Venetian Night”. Then in 1941, the first river carnival and night parade were held. But it wasn’t until 1961 that the rehabilitation of the River Walk level was truly put into action.

The first Paseo del Rio Association Great County River Festival was held in 1969. From then on almost yearly a new establishment opens along the river up to 2011. Now you can see the River Walk wind and loop under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops. The major tourist attractions are the Shops at Rivercenter, the Arneson River Theatre, Marriage Island, La Villita, HemisFair Park, the Tower Life Building, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Pearl and the city’s five Spanish colonial missions. These San Antonio Missions have been declared a World Heritage Site in 2015.

 

Things To Do At The River Walk

Today there are a lot of things to see and do at the San Antonio River Walk. There are riverboat tours, attractions, restaurants, bars, and shops. You can also stay at various hotels near the River Walk. According to TripAdvisor, there are a lot of things to do at the River Walk and we collected the top 5 here:

1. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
2. Boating via the Rio San Antonio Cruises
3. Visit the Briscoe Western Art Museum
4. Check out The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum
5. Try out the SegCity Tour

Team Peace have been to the San Antonio River Walk and we loooove the sights down there!  It looks gorgeous all year round. There are so many attractions and shops to visit and you can find the list here. We appreciate how the Paseo del Rio Association takes care to decorate for every holiday and how they make the River Walk such a fun and festive place.  All year long many different groups of local people will come to perform at different parts of the river walk, and there are many events to check out.  The River Walk is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting San Antonio.

If you have other questions about the San Antonio River Walk, feel free to use the comment box below, or check out the FAQs from their website. You can also call the Paseo del Rio Association at their office: 210-227-4262.

 

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Fiesta: A San Antonio Tradition

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When one hears the word “fiesta” one immediately thinks about an extravagant celebration or a big party with dancing and singing and parades. Merriam-Webster defines “fiesta” as a saint’s day celebrated in Spain, Latin America, and the Philippines with processions and dances. Did you know that there is also Fiesta in San Antonio?

 

Background

 

According to Fiesta-SA, Fiesta San Antonio started in 1891 as a one-parade event as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.  Today it is one of the nation’s premier festivals and is considered the Party with a Purpose. Fiesta celebrates the diverse and rich culture of San Antonio while being a fund raising event as well. The Fiesta San Antonio Commission has been in charge of the city-wide celebration since 1959 and there are over 75,000 volunteers annually. Statistics show that around 3 and a half million people go to Fiesta San Antonio yearly!

 

Different from Mardi Gras

 

Fiesta seems like Mardi Gras but they have distinct differences. Mardi Gras is the huge parade and feast that celebrates the coming Lenten meat fast, with origins in Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies according to Mardi Gras New Orleans. It goes on to relay that the Mardi Gras Carnival began in 1781 and by the late 1830s, New Orleans held street processions of maskers with carriages and horseback riders to celebrate Mardi Gras.

 

My San Antonio reports that Mardi Gras differs not only in size but also in its moral theology. “Fiesta is one grand family picnic. Mardi Gras an orgy. Fiesta is beer. Mardi Gras is gin … or vodka … or rum … or all the above. At Fiesta, men call out to young women on floats to “show us your shoes!” At Mardi Gras, men exhort women to “show us your … Let’s just say they set their sights somewhat higher. At Fiesta, the young women oblige. So do many of the young women at Mardi Gras.”

 

What sets Fiesta apart?

 

The annual Fiesta employs a Mexican theme and celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto where Texas won their independence. What makes Fiesta different is the city itself. San Antonio used to be like New Orleans, with guns and plenty of whiskey and riotous behavior. After WWII, San Antonio underwent a cultural transformation and began to focus on building and establishing families. Fiesta itself is a civic celebration unlike the religious Mardi Gras, and the people of San Antonio look forward to the celebration yearly.

 

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Fiesta San Antonio 2017 began at 6:00 AM on Friday, 21 April and ended on Sunday, 30 April.

Spurs Win Game 1

It’s game time once again at the AT&T Center in San Antonio Texas! We are huge fans of the San Antonio Spurs. They are widely acknowledged within the NBA as being one of the best teams and are winners of multiple championships. When the San Antonio Spurs host the Memphis Grizzlies in the first playoff game of the first round in the Western Conference, it will be the fifth time these two teams have met this season according to KSAT. We had some clients, that gifted us these awesome tickets because they were not going to be able to make it (THANK YOU, Melissa and Connor!). There were 18,418 attendees and the Center was almost filled. It was a wonderful Saturday to see the Spurs beat the Grizzlies after being down in the first quarter only to come back and lead every quarter after.  Check out our photos of before, during and after the game below!

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ESPN reports that Kawhi Leonard matched his postseason high with 32 points. The Memphis Grizzlies now face a 1-0 deficit in the Western Conference First Round after being defeated by the Spurs with a final score of 111-82 relays NBA.com, adding how Marc Gasol scored a career postseason high 32 points. We enjoyed the game immensely and had an after party at Rock & Brews, the rock-inspired entertainment and dining complex right there at the AT&T Center.  We put together a little video:

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Power Plant Texas Grill

We found out about a wonderful restaurant in Seguin, Texas called the Power Plant Texas Grill. The Power Plant was built in approximately 1893 by Henry Troell. The Power Plant Texas Grill is a fantastic burger joint that celebrates its original founder. They serve American cuisine and they serve lunch and dinner with local brew or regular domestic drinks. Walk-ins are welcome, but they also accommodate big groups or parties. The place is child-friendly and also has outdoor seating. They rated 3.5 stars on Trip Advisor so we knew we had to check them out.

The hamburgers we ordered were amazing.  They made homemade potato chips and those were served with our hamburgers.  I had the Tesla Burger with Avocado and Gerald had the AC/DC burger.  The homemade chips were absolutely delicious and tasted fresh.

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Original Power Burger

There is also other yummy food available like the following:

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If you want to kick back and relax with a drink, they have a fully stocked bar and a wide selection of beer for everyone.

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Assorted Brew

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Assorted Beer

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The Bar

Also, the view was amazing and the ambiance was perfect for getting together and enjoying the atmosphere.

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The façade

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The Guadalupe River

Their website describes the place as a “Unique River Front Property with great comfort food for the entire family or the couple in search of a beautiful, romantic dinner!!” The wonderful ambiance and homemade potato chips make this an unforgettable pit stop in Texas.

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See the video Team Peace has made for the Seguin Texas Power Plant Grill below. We hope you have a great time visiting them as we did!