Not wanting to be burdened with the car, we took San Antonio's Via rapid transit from Travelers World RV Resort. Our first stop was breakfast at Madhatters Tea House and Cafe in the King William Historic District.
They have a pretty good menu. Bob had a spinach scramble (3 eggs, artichoke, spinach, tomato, parmesan) with breakfast potato hash. I had Huevos Madcheros (2 fried eggs atop breakfast potato hash, covered in warm mad salsa). Both of us enjoyed our meals, although the mad salsa was pretty hot. Whew! I think I had steam coming out of my ears.
From Madhatters, we walked about 1/2 mile to the University of Texas San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) in association with The Smithsonian Institution. We weren't quite sure what to expect, but with a university and the Smithsonian involved, it had to be good. We had no idea.
Upon walking up to the main entrance, we passed the H. B. Zachry Plaza which honors the original settlers of Texas by flying period flags from when these cultures were introduced to the Lone Star state.
|H. B. Zachry Plaza|
|Entrance to ITC|
|Kids interacting in the Lipan Apache exhibit|
- African American
- Faces of Survival - a disturbing look at genocide from the Holocaust through Guatemala. This exhibit explores conditions that can lead to genocide at any time in any place. "'Faces of Survival' explains how hatred, intolerance and discrimination
become pre-conditions for mass murder...there can be no victims
without perpetrators and bystanders."
- Los Tejanos - "Encounters between Spanish, Mexican and indigenous peoples created a
mestizo - mixed - population commonly identified as Tejanos...The exhibit draws upon major themes in Tejano life - migration, making a
living, struggles for inclusion, and cultural traditions."
- Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab - "Sikhs, a unique culture and religion, originate in the Punjab region of
India, straddling the India-Pakistan border. Male Sikhs are easily
recognized by their turbans and untrimmed beards...The exhibit features a collection of traditional Sikh art, information
on the culture’s history and beliefs, artifacts such as ceremonial
weapons and armor, and a model of the Golden Temple, one of the sacred
sites of the Sikh religion."
This is a very interesting and highly informative exhibit highlighting an area of the world and religion we don't hear about very often; and one a person might confuse with the fanaticism of other turban-wearing, bearded men such as ISIS or the Taliban. It taught us not to stereotype according to looks.
- Texas Czechs - "Immigrants from around the world have settled in the Lone Star state, each contributing to its unique and dynamic culture. Now the sights and sounds of Czech culture, found throughout Texas on any given day, have inspired an educational exhibition, 'Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition.'"
|Pine needle basket|
There was a whole exhibit on smoking and tobacco. The explanation below is quite interesting. Social get togethers of smokers have been going on for a long, long time.
|Why did Indians smoke pipes?|
|Pots from different cultures.|
After finishing half the museum, we wanted to eat lunch. We walked through the waterfall court at the base of the Tower of the Americas, along the River Walk and chose to eat at Paesano's Italian Restaurant. Bob ordered Chicken Parmesan with an outstanding house salad. I had the Chicken Parmesan Salad which I loved!
After lunch we walked back along the River Walk and through the waterfall court again. We saw some adorable young ducks just waking up from their nap. Cuteness!
|Inside Paesano's Italian Restaurant|
|Bob at waterfall court|
|How Frito-Lay came to be|
|Tatting lace (almost a lost art?)|
|Making filet lace|
|Traditional Kroj costumes|
|Explanation of how Wendish Easter eggs are made|
|Wendish Easter eggs - These are so beautiful.|
|Gin keg with cups from Holland|
|Walls full of information. This display is about |
the Lebanese Pack Peddler (similar to a Fuller Brush Man)
|About the Lebanese Pack Peddler|
The "Faces of Survival" genocide exhibit was gut wrenching. Besides the horrors inflicted on those of inferior races or inferior intelligence during the Holocaust, there are exhibits about Cambodia, Armenia and Rwanda. Man's inhumanity to man is startling.
The exhibit on Sikhs of the Punjab gave an in-depth look at a culture we are not very familiar with. A video about the life of Sikhs explained that it is considered very bad manners to touch the head of a Sikh male or try to take off his turban. It is through cultural exhibits such as these that we learn what beliefs others hold and come to understand more about each other.
Photos from the Sikh exhibit...
|Brief summary of Sikhism|
|Darbar Sahib - the Sikh Holy Space|
|Is this place gorgeous, or what?|
|Another view of Darbar Sahib|
|Brief history of Sikhs|
|Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839)|
|Sikh wedding attire|
|Phulkari (see description in photo below) textile art|
We finished the inside of the museum at 5 p.m. and headed out for dinner. Their Back 40 outdoor living history area will have to be seen another day.
We walked to Schilo's (pronounced She-lows) Delicatessen for dinner, passing by the Tower of the Americas on our way there.
For dinner, both of us chose sandwiches and I opted for split pea soup. We each got homemade rootbeer which, while tasty, did not stay carbonated very long.
|Tower of the Americas|
|Interior of Schilo's Delicatessen|