A Day Out In Dallas!

As you know, last weekend I attended the DFW Writer's Conference ~ if you didn't know, then you can catch up here ~ well, before the conference started, Debra Kristi and I had a day to play. Here's what we did.

First, we had to get some much needed caffeine, so we followed the not-so-easy to understand directions the really nice guy at the hotel gave us and found a Starbucks. Trust me, when he says, “It's just under the freeway to the left”, and there's a crapton of construction going on, it's NOT just under the freeway to the left. Or maybe it was, but we took a detour through another county to find it, but find it we did! And look who wanted to be in the picture. Sweet, right? I think he wanted my chai tea, but I wasn't about to share.

Crow at Starbucks

After we (finally) got caffeinated, we headed off to find Gloria Richard. She told me about this great store called Sassy Flamingo. I'll be honest, I thought it might be a shop for gay cowboys, but Gloria assured me I'd find all sorts of fabulous things there. She was so right!

I don't even know what these are, but they sure are shiny!
I don't even know what these are, but they sure are shiny!
I didn't get a hat or boots, but I got something better.
I didn't get a hat or boots, but I got something better.
Gloria and Debra at Sassy Flamingo

After laughing our guts out trying on outrageous things at Sassy's, Debra and I scooted to the airport to pick up Melinda VanLoneΒ and head straight for downtown Dallas when what do my wandering eyes see, but the Fake Louvre! Yes, you read that right! From between buildings I spotted a Fake Louvre and knew we had to see it, but how? Where?

Alas, the Fake Louvre would have to wait. First we did the JFK tour where we saw the Book Repository, grassy knoll, and road where JFK was shot. I'm not going to lie, it was creepy. Especially when some guy pointed out the X's on the road marking the exact spot where JFK was when shot. I didn't like that. Not at all.

Being that close to history, though, was interesting. Being in the same place where something world altering happened, it was powerful.

The Book Repository
The Book Repository
The Grassy Knoll
The Grassy Knoll

Our tour of downtown (and my secret search for the Fake Louvre) led us to some interesting buildings. There was a bizarre cowgirl sculpture atop one building ~ I didn't get a very good angle on it, but it will be on the Pinterest board when I get it up later ~ and many glass buildings. I loved the play of the clouds across the glass like with this one.

I loved the mix of old and new buildings downtown.
I loved the mix of old and new buildings downtown.

I finally asked a few nice men if they knew of the Fake Louvre and they pointed us in the right direction! Guess what? It's a cafeteria. What a letdown! Here it is… the Fake Louvre:

The fake LouvreWe then ambled down toward the Old Red Courthouse where they used to hang people, so you know it's got to be haunted. It's a great building with gargoyles!

The Old Red Courthouse


After cruising downtown, we headed out to a little town called Addison where my friend Sydney Aaliyah had blogged about this super cool park that had poetry engraved in the steps. After reading her post, I knew I wanted to visit the park. There wasn't any water when we were there, but it was just as magical as Sydney described.

Celestial Park

That's Debra in the far background.
That's Debra in the far background.
Melinda investigating the many wonders of the park.
Melinda investigating the many wonders of the park.

We had an amazing day tour of Dallas. From touching history through one madman's actions to reading (not quite so mad) men and women's literary achievements etched in stone, it was a day that will stay in my memories for many years to come.

When you travel, what are you favorite places to visit? Do you stay off the beaten path, or do you like to do the touristy stuff? My next conference is in Atlanta and I'll have a day to explore while there ~ do you have any ‘must sees' for me? Please share! I love to explore and learn.

And finally… my favorite purchase from Sassy Flamingo:

They are ridiculously comfortable!
They are ridiculously comfortable!

34 thoughts on “A Day Out In Dallas!”

  1. Tiffany A WhiteTiffany A White

    I’ve lived here five years and I think you have already outdone me as far as sightseeing is concerned!! LOL

  2. MarciaMarcia

    Looks like so much fun, Tameri! Glad you enjoyed a sightseeing day!

  3. Jess WitkinsJess Witkins

    Next year I’m coming with you gals to sight see! What a fun day bumming around town; I’m so jealous!

  4. Melinda VanLoneMelinda VanLone

    Next time I have to take you both to the Arboretum! πŸ˜€ I had such a good time touring with you two.

    I can’t believe you didn’t share the photo of the street sign… πŸ˜‰

  5. Sydney Aaliyah MichelleSydney Aaliyah Michelle

    You guys had a full day. I am happy you got to see my favorite park. I don’t get the reference to the water. What does that mean? or am I missing something? πŸ™‚

    • Melinda VanLoneMelinda VanLone

      There was a creek there, but it was just a dry bed rather than one with pretty trickling water in it. I tried to add sound effects but it wasn’t the same πŸ˜€

  6. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    So fun! I knew y’all would have the best time. πŸ™‚ I like to mix it up–a bit of tourist-y stuff, and lots of off-the-path exploring. With fab company, though, it’s all great.

  7. Julie CatherineJulie Catherine

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time – and those are seriously awesome sandals, love them! πŸ™‚ β™₯

  8. jansenschmidtjansenschmidt

    Love the sandals!! Have to get me a pair.

    I love to see creepy, cool, tourist, off-the-beaten-path, hip new age, rustic historic stuff. I think I covered it all.I just love to travel and see things. I visited crazy places like the Liberace museum in Vegas and Graceland in Memphis. I also go see natural wonders and other weird stuff.

    Thanks for sharing your journey. Looks like you all had a blast.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  9. patriciasandspatriciasands

    What a day you had! I’m nominating you as the official tour guide for the Atlanta conference. Bring those bling-y sandals!

  10. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

    Tameri – What a wonderful descriptive blog. It made me feel as though I were there beside you, giggles and all (even with the sassy new purchase for your feet). Staying off the beating path is far better in my opinion and for not being a native of Dallas, you did a great job of packing many sights and events into one memorable day. In Atlanta, don’t forget Underground Atlanta. It has been years since I’ve been there, but we had lots of fun exploring.

  11. Gayle CarlineGayle Carline

    Yes, I also like to find historic crap, odd buildings, and the like to take pix of. I also take photos of weird looking people, flowers, birds and squirrels. Dale won’t let me have the camera anymore.
    Your trip sounds too fun!

  12. Mark KoopmansMark Koopmans

    *many* years ago, I worked for a major chain of eateries and we were a bunch of trainee managers on a night out filled with adult beverages… who happened to find the grassy knoll et al… The rest is another story that I shall tell you at SCWC πŸ™‚

  13. Gloria Richard AuthorGloria Richard Author

    Tameri! Those pics bring back such fun memories. Too bad I couldn’t go with you guys on the tour of Dallas. Next time, be SURE to also check out Ft. Worth. I promise I won’t make you ride the fake bull for our Billy Bob’s photo op.

    Why didn’t you get a pic of the motor-jock who was so stern about your car being double-parked while you waited for me to find you? I think my triple-park so I could hug you guys may have made his palms itch to write a citation.

    HOTlanta! Can. Not. Wait!

  14. EmmaEmma

    Those are some shiny flip flops/sandals πŸ™‚ Wonderful pics.
    When I hear the word Dallas, I immediately picture guys like J.R. striding around in cowboy hats.

  15. Diana BeebeDiana Beebe

    Is it wrong that I’ve lived half my life in the area and haven’t seen most of what you guys (y’all) did in one day? I wish I could have joined you, too! I’m glad you had a great time. Love those flipflops!

  16. Debra KristiDebra Kristi

    That trip was soo much fun, and I will forever associate now with Jess’ little laugh. Heehee! πŸ˜€ Love it! I’m bummed that your fake Louvre ended up being a cafeteria, but I’m glad we found it. I simply adore those shoes. I almost wish I had tried a pair on. But after seeing Scott’s face last night when he looked at the cc bill it’s probably best that I didn’t. πŸ˜‰

  17. David N. WalkerDavid N. Walker

    Too bad we didn’t meet until after that, Tameri, because friends don’t let friends go to Dallas when they could go to Fort Worth instead. In Atlanta, be sure to go to the aquarium – but allow at least a couple of hours. There’s much to see there.

    • Diana BeebeDiana Beebe

      Oooo, David, I have to agree with you about Fort Worth. I loved living in Fort Worth! The museums, the botanic gardens, the zoo….

  18. Tracey LivesayTracey Livesay

    I loved your pics from your tour of Dallas! And those shoes: Ah-mahz-ing!! πŸ˜‰

  19. lynnkelleyauthorlynnkelleyauthor

    What a fun, fun play day you had. And those bling, bling sandals are so cute. Glad to hear they’re comfy, too!

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