Friday afternoon we drove into central San Antonio to explore the sights and have a late lunch/early dinner. After parking at the Shops at Rivercenter we took the trolley down to El Mercado on Market Square. When we were looking for the trolley stop, a local resident stopped to help us, telling us where it stopped what type of ticket to purchase. When he learned we are from Colorado, he also pointed out the Colorado Buffaloes are playing in the Alamo Bowl here next week. In addition, the trolley operator was very helpful to us and other riders, telling people when he reached their stop.
These two markets are typical of markets found in Central Mexico.
The booths were full of colorful and interesting items.
Here are some of the Christmas decorations in the markets.
We walked down the street, looking for some place to eat.
We chose La Margarita.
The food was very good and our waitress, Juanita, was outstanding. She asked us what we were doing for Christmas and we asked her what she was doing. Since her husband and son are spending the holiday in Chicago with family, she and a friend are cooking some Mexican food. At the end of the meal she invited us to join them, even giving us her phone number. She said if we couldn't come, she would even bring some of the food to us! We were truly impressed. We won't be joining them because I already have our food in the refrigerator but it was special to encounter such a friendly woman. That was 3 great encounters in one afternoon in San Antonio.
Here is the Christmas tree in Market Plaza.