We’ve spent a lovely weekend in beautiful San Antonio, where the amazing River Walk turns an ordinary city into a beguiling tourist mecca.
Yesterday we took a 20 minute bus ride from our campground to downtown, then walked along the river for a couple of miles to the San Antonio Museum of Art. There we met up with another 95th friend, Margaret, whose expertise as a professional in the art world always lends a rich layer to a stroll through any collection.
Housed in the former Lone Star Brewery complex, the museum retains many of the original architectural features while incorporating modern innovations in its design – even its elevator is beautiful to behold!
Their collections of ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art were impressive, and their Asian art collection was a WOW! (Click on individual photos if you’d like to see a larger version.)
I was surprised to see a sand mandala on display, since the Tibetan tradition is to pour it into a river after completion, symbolizing impermanence. His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama granted permission for this one to remain intact, “as a gesture to promote peace and harmony.” The San Antonio Museum of Art is one of four museums in the US to display a sand mandala.
Speaking of impermanence, it was interesting to see these maps that depict the ancient Roman (A.D. 98 – 117) and Islamic worlds (700 – 1800 A.D).
We decided to dodge the St. Patrick’s Day crowds, and opted for a quiet dinner of shrimp and grits at our campsite.