I'm here for a conference, staying in Victory Park, right across from the American Airways building Wed night-Sun afternoon. I flew in from Phoenix last night and had this morning available to me before the conference started later today.
Last night I walked a block to CVS for some wine rather than pay $15 for a glass of mediocre wine at the hotel and got me a couple of bottles of mediocre wine for $20 total for my 4 nights here. Don't judge - I am expecting to share and if not I will leave it behind. Or I will polish it off... I don't have to drive anywhere on this trip :)
First- your moist breezy weather is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!! I haven't felt moisture in the air for MONTHS and have nearly forgotten what that felt like. well, it's fantastic! I think I even got a couple of raindrops while sitting on the patio (everyone else was sitting in the stuffy bar area- what the heck?!?!?!)
OK- so- that's not much of a TR so far, so here goes...
I'm up early due to all the construction and light- 6am. (FYI you all are over-doing the construction thing in this area.... just an outsider's perspective)
But apparently the construction folks are the only early risers. Almost NOTHING opens before 10 am. (OK I'm exaggerating, but seriously...I struggled to find anything to do before 10am)
I took a "walk-about" starting at 9am- diddling my thumbs for a bit before that here at the hotel. Grabbed a free green apple rather than pay $18 for an omelette here at the hotel and was on my way
First stop was the Fairmont Hotel- (not gonna lie- I grabbed a free water and enjoyed that) and walked around the lobby. I'm researching San Francisco and thought I'd check this one out as the Fairmont is on my list for a "pop-in" there. This one was nothing terribly special, but not bad either. The "trojan horse" at the check in/out was very interesting, and there were a lot of hoidy-toidies discussing lots of important things, so people watching was sort of fun.
Fountain plaza- nice place to sit and enjoy my hot tea. It's a business area, and if I worked here I'd not pass up walking around the water falling fountains.
Cathedral Guadalupe- undergoing restoration outside and cleaning of the stained glass inside, gorgeous none the less- and there is a nice self guided tour pamphlet to help you know what you are looking at. Definitely worth the 30 min stop.
Crow Asian Museum- outstanding collection of variety of Asian stuff from paintings, prints, sculptures, war things, etc; free, 3 floors but easily done in 45 min. The jade and ivory section is not there right now due to adjacent construction but I found it really interesting and actually enjoyed listening into all of the groups of student tours.
DMA- I went for the special exhibit of mirrors so paid $15 for that. I spent 45 seconds in a tiny room of mirrors with lit up pumpkins on the floor that seemed to go on forever above and all around me. I was alone with the museum guide and enjoyed my 45 seconds. That's my description, and I found it worthwhile because the rest of the museum was free and I enjoyed some of that as well. If I'd waited to go into the mirror room for a long time I'd not have been thrilled. As it was, I got there when it first opened and really enjoyed it. I liked the Reese area and the European exhibits as well. Great that this is free! If you like art- I'd say this is a treasure. We just went to DC for a vacation and really appreciate that when things like this are free, you don't feel like you have to see everything. Makes a difference in the appreciation/experience. I spent 1 1/2 hours here and enjoyed that a lot
Klyde Warren Park- I was starving by now and this place is lined with food trucks and hundreds of kiddos playing in the park (doesn't anyone go to school all day any more?!) I got a delicious greek salad and a nummy pork slider from a couple of different trucks- (all for $10) and watched the kiddos and relaxed before my heavy-topic conference.
Great walk around the area. Gorgeous day. Nice welcome to Dallas.
(I've been here once before for a conference and went to the 6th Floor- so was looking for something different)
I will be busy with my conference for 4 days, but will get back if I have anything interesting to add.
I may- as some of my fellow conference folks are talking about taking a night tour of the city, and on another night, riding a bull.... Not sure if I will join them, but that was NOT on my radar at all.... so who knows...
Also- flew into Love Field- Ubered for $22 with tip to hotel. Easy Peasy