Haunting memories of an urban escape
Finding me in cities are slim, finding me in mountains and swamps is common yet San Antonio Riverwalk is a place that haunts my memories. It’s been several years since visiting there however my thoughts return there frequently. Trips down memory lane leave me feeling refreshed. Why?? What makes this place so special??? These questions sparked a quest of piecing together puzzle pieces of why this place excited me then and still excites me today.
The more I looked at each scene from the photos I took the more I saw commonalities in each. The gentle flow of the river has a peaceful feeling.
Festively colored umbrellas and street musicians add to the relaxed atmosphere.
The use of natural elements combined with Spanish influenced architecture and organic colors have a feeling of a time gone by and modern day all rolled together.
Arches and gentle curves are everywhere the eye comes to rest. You see them in windows and doors and bridges that cross over the river. The river meanders through the city and the outdoor spaces mimic the naturally flowing curves of the water. Trees bushes and flowers are placed perfectly not feeling like landscaping but rather like natural elements of the environment.
Entrances and exits are found all along the walk a person would never feel trapped below the main street level. People were coming and going yet there’s no feeling of being in a crowd or the hustle bustle rush that cities tend to have.
This is a place where a person can reconnect with the spirit within and with friends and family. Time seems irrelevant. After retracing the walk and piecing my thoughts and feelings feelings together about why I am so drawn to the riverwalk I realized the main reason this place is so special to me it’s because I shared it with a close friend we’re both more “country” than “city” and as we reconnected and got caught up with all the things good friends talk about we felt the peace created by someone that brought a tranquil vision for a city to reality for all to enjoy.
Do you have a place that haunts you? I’d love to hear where it is.