Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The River Walk - San Antonio, TX

The San Antonio River Walk (also known as Paseo del Río) is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath downtown San Antonio, Texas. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.

The River Walk was the idea of architect Robert Hugman in the late 1920s. As an alternative to paving over the troublesome San Antonio River, Hugman drew out a plan he called "The Shops of Aragon and Romula" which allowed for both flood prevention and commercial development. Hugman maintained his office along the shallow river, despite warnings that he would be "drowned like a rat" and its early reputation as a dangerous hole. Hugman persisted, and his office can still be found next door to another early presence on the River Walk, the landmark Casa Rio restaurant.

Cool huh? Very pretty and lots of fun places to eat. Food Blogger heaven!


Diamond Dog said...

I hate the Riverwalk. Its such a tourist trap. The only thing cool about it is when people get drunk and fall in as the bottom is covered with about 1 foot of duck crap!

Anonymous said...

Hope you took the boat tour. We ended up eating at a British pub! Not quite what we had in mind for a Texas meal but only place we could find that we could get seated right away .... we were verrry hungry.