For my birthday this year, I was ever insistent on visiting our neighboring state, big brother to the east, Texas. I don’t know what it is about Texas, but it’s grabbed my heart and run away with it. Maybe it’s the sunshiny skies and the green green grass, the smiling faces, or maybe it’s because Texas is a whole other country. Those marketing campaigns really aren’t too far off the map. What other state in the lower 48 (other than Cali, but we won’t go there.) can you see the whole spectrum of sites, from mountains, plains, and shores? I don’t know what the allure of this great state is, but I can’t seem to get enough of it.
My favorite area of Texas is the Hill Country, particularly the areas around San Antonio and Austin. I’ve had the awesome opportunity to visit around these areas a few times, and each time, I come away with something new from my adventures.When I visited San An a few years ago, I got to take a look around the King William District. If you aren’t familiar, it’s an area of town just south of downtown and about a mile from the infamous Alamo, full of beautiful Victorian homes. It was around Christmas time when I visited, the houses looked oh so cheery in their festive reds and greens. It’s probably not normal to enjoy looking at other peoples homes as much as I do, but considering these houses are in a historic district, I’d say it’s acceptable.
I love a house with a good porch, but a house double porches? I might need a minute to compose myself.
Oh my…look at the porch on that one.
And here we are with only a one level porch, but isn’t it grand?
And the houses with the oh so fine arches.
Then the houses that have grand gardens with mazes.
And weird babies holding flowers. At least he’s wearing a loin cloth. Still, for some reason I find this disturbing.
And strange stone chairs and tables. I understand the concept, but what if you can’t reach the table and need to scoot the chair closer?? Or what if you’re too fluffy and need to scoot away? Maybe it’s just for pretties.
Then you’ve got the houses that look like they should be on the English country side somewhere. Oh so European.
Doesn’t this one look like Kate Winslet’s house from The Holiday? Behold…
Psst…click the picture or the above link to find more information about the movie house.
Oh, and speaking of the King William District feeling a little like Europe, the San Antonio River flowed in a canal right behind of the gorgeous homes. Made me feel like I was visiting the canals in Venice. Actually, I’ve never been to Venice, but I like to pretend. And I thought this was a pretty sight.
The architectural elements are oh so delectable, on old homes. It’s a shame that houses aren’t built like this anymore.
It wasn’t all British accents and pretty homes though. Along the way, I picked up a tour guide. He wasn’t too forthcoming about histories on the homes we were touring, but he sure was cute.
He led me to my most favoritest house of all…
Someday, I will have a house with a wrap around porch, and another porch to grow on. Le sigh…
So, next time you find yourself in San Antonio, head down to the King William District.
For more information visit the King William Association website here.