One of the places we wanted to visit was the site of the Alamo.
Arriving at a quaint old American house, we settled in before walking into town to explore. As it was getting late most places were closing, so setting off early the next day we made our way to the Alamo. Inside, it was fascinating to listen to the commentary on the headphones, and we couldn't help but be moved by the bravery of the men and women during the battle.
What also impressed was the fact that the historical importance of the building had been recognised and it had been saved for future generations to visit. This is not always the case in our cities where important buildings such as, in Salford, where Monk's Hall and Buile Hill mansion are allowed to fall into disrepair.
Another impressive feature was the river running through the city. Due to the persistence of one Robert H. H. Hugman, this area has been transformed from a derelict area to a River walk, where people from all over the country come to visit. Since his vision was developed, the area has thrived.
Boarding one of the tourist boats, we toured the area which has now become a mecca for shops and eating places, as well as hosting various parades etc; such as the one we saw one evening featuring superheroes. It's a shame that funding can't be found to improve some of Manchester's waterways like this.
It was also good to see the amount of art around the city and one area, La Villita, houses a community of artists with galleries and craft shops. We visited the gallery belonging to the River Art Group. Here 250 members can show their work. Unfortunately, they wouldn't let me photograph the inside area.
Returning to the theme of this post, Salford Quays could incorporate an area like this in it's planning and this would increase the number of people visiting the area.
Another city visited and certainly a highlight, especially as it was so easy to navigate and enjoy the different historical and artistic sights. It certainly gave us food for thought!