Mission San Juan, December 30, 2017

Mission San Juan, December 30, 2017
Mission San Juan, December 30, 2017

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Rock 'n' Roll, Baby - Sunday, August 30

At 7 a.m., we met Susan at the Trinity University Pavilion to walk a 10k Hannibal Pianta route. She is trying to make sure the route she mapped out is a full 10k. The route passes  a number of buildings with Hannibal Pianta cast concrete work and and a couple of old churches.

At the start of the walk we had sprinkles, but they were so light we weren't even sure it was raining. The sprinkles stopped and the day warmed up, but we had clouds which helped keep the temperature down.

Most of our walk was in Monte Vista Historic District of San Antonio. Not only did we enjoy seeing Pianta's work on some homes, but many homes in the neighborhood are gorgeous.

Mural on a restaurant

Greek Orthodox Church, St. Sophia, 1926

Hannibal Pianta concrete work

Greek Orthodox Church
Detail on top of tower -
Greek Orthodox Church
As we walked down one of the streets in Monte Vista neighborhood, I asked Bob if he wanted to be in pictures (pun intended).

Film crew's trailers.
The film trucks were right across the street from San Antonio Academy (established 1886). Here are a couple of the buildings. Who knows, you might see them in a movie one day.

Franklin House at San Antonio Academy
Stribling House - San Antonio Academy
Once we entered the neighborhood, I lagged way behind because I wanted to take photos of the cool houses and details on them. According to a Texas Historical Commission marker:
Monte Vista Historic District

One of several San Antonio suburbs created between 1890 and 1930, Monte Vista has retained much of its historic character from the that time...
The neighborhood is an eclectic blend of many styles of architecture, including Georgian and Renaissance Revival, Mediterranean, Neo-Spanish, Victorian, and Art Deco...

Characterized by its distinctive homes and colorful history, Monte Vista is a reminder of San Antonio's growth and turn-of-the century development.

The next few photos are of the Jay Adams House. The following information is from a Texas Historical Commission marker in front of the home (paraphrased): Built by developer Jay Adams, this three-story Queen Anne-style house is built of rusticated limestone and wood. Features of the house include covered porches, wood shingle decoration, carved stone detailing, leaded and stained glass windows and elaborate metal work. Delightful details include a rounded corner tower, multi-planed roof, and intricate front porch railing with griffins flanking the main entry.

Jay Adams house
Close-up of griffin on carved stone base
Griffins flanking the main entrance

We marveled at this tree trunk!
The walk finished with a tour through Trinity University, past the Chapman Center with its beautiful fountain, passing by the Palmer Chapel which has lovely stained glass windows, and along a bark chip jogging trail.

"The Scholar is the Student of the World,"
by Waldine Tauch
After the walk, all three of us went to Jim's Restaurant for breakfast. We then went our separate ways. I think all of us took naps after the walk.

Sunday evening, was our rock 'n' roll date night. For starters, we headed to Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. Our waiter was thrilled to hear about Australian Pink Floyd; he had never heard about them before. While he was in the kitchen talking to his co-worker, he said Led Zeppelin 2 was the opening act! We had no idea we'd be hearing TWO bands as our tickets said only "Australian Pink Floyd."

From the Hard Rock Cafe, we walked to the Majestic Theatre. A week and a half ago we had been here for the Weird Al Yankovic concert where we had seats on the main floor under the balcony. This time our seats were in the mezzanine, so we had a full view of all the gorgeous hand-crafted decorative plaster, statuary, and ornate carvings in the Majestic Theatre.
Decorative plaster in the mezzanine
(and, no, I'm not plastered)

Decorative plaster everywhere
The white peacock
Inside the Majestic Theatre
Then it was time for the show. Led Zeppelin 2 started the evening and they were good, but we were looking forward to Australian Pink Floyd.

Led Zeppelin 2's drummer doing a solo
After a short intermission to change out equipment, Australian Pink Floyd took the stage. From the very start, it was hard to tell the Aussie Pink Floyd from the original Pink Floyd. Of course, Australian Pink Floyd has been playing for 20 years. (Man that makes me feel old!)

The show was excellent. We clapped, we sang along, but mostly just enjoyed the musicianship of this band along with the accompanying laser light show.

Fantastic back-up singers...each had her own solo
on one song.
"Another Brick in the Wall" with a huge, creepy
inflatable "teacher" on the right of the stage
Of course there had to be a kangaroo in here somewhere
Did I mention we loved the concert? So ended our walk and rock 'n' roll day.

Travel Bug out.


  1. Thanks for the great walking tour of Monte Vista Historic District. We have never visited that area of SA. Put it on my Pinterest.

    The concert sounds like a ton of fun. Glad you two had a great "rock-n-roll" night.

    1. It was another wonderful day and evening. We love doing our Volksmarches, they have taken us to so many interesting, beautiful, historical and amazing places (Cascade Canyon in Grand Tetons National Park and Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone National Park are two of our favorites).

  2. What beautiful homes. I love seeing different architectural styles.

    1. There were so many gorgeous homes, I had to restrain myself from taking even more photos. Yes, I love different architectural styles too; my favorites are Tudor and Craftsman.

  3. Lovely photos! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks and you're welcome. It amazes me how many different neighborhoods you can find when do a lot of walking!


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