Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Big D

Dallas, Texas . . .  

What a beautiful city.

I had the pleasure of visiting Dallas a few weeks ago for the National First Year Experience Conference, and I was quite impressed.

I presented on some of the programs my office has developed to support first-generation college students. It was a packed house!

You know what they say about all work and no play, though...

So I made sure to reserve some time for sight-seeing. Come along with me on a tour of the "Big D," wont you?

The Old Red Courthouse is now a museum dedicated to the history of Dallas County.

At the JFK Memorial, visitors can pause to pay their respects to former President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated just a few blocks away. 

Pioneer Park offers a truly staggering collection of fifty half-ton bronze statues commemorating the 19th century cattle drives along the Shawnee Trail.

Thanksgiving Square is home to beautiful mosaics and the famous Spiral Chapel. 

And you can't visit Dallas without a trip to the arts and entertainment district of historic Deep Ellum. This was my favorite neighborhood.  

Did I mention how amazing the food was? 

Dallas is a rich and interesting city full of history and hidden charms. I hope you enjoyed this little photo tour!

~ Nel ~  


angie said...

oh, what great pictures !!! I have always seen the tv series "dallas" on tv !!! a beautiful weekend wishes angie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

This is certainly a GRAND city! Never been there except for an hour in the huge airport!

Beauty Follower said...

Wonderful photos, never been there, looks a great place to visit!

Have a fun :)

Susie said...

Nel, Congrats on your speech. Looks as if you had a great time in Dallas. There's a lot to see in this country. I love traveling too, but there's just no place like home. :) Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Nel,
First, congratulation on your speech.. Were you nervous? My knees would clank... teee

What a beautiful sight. I have never had the opportunity to visit, so thank you for the photos.
I was in high school, walking down the hall when they announced the assignation of Kennedy. What a tragedy.
This painting by Norman Rockwell is one of my favorites.. The old red Courthouse is simply amazing.
Enjoy your weekend.

Terra said...

Thank you for taking us on this tour; I had no idea Dallas has all these treasures. I like the cattle sculptures, the red brick museum, the art district. What fun you must have had.


What a lovely tour. I was in Dallas once years ago at the airport. Never got to see the city. Now I did. Thank you.

Merlesworld said...

We drove through Dallas about 15 years ago when we were in America, I guess it has changed a bit.

Imogen said...

Amazing pictures. I have heard so much about Dallas Texas so am interested as to what it is like.

Susan said...

Oh Nel. What a great tour you took us on. So glad you had a fabulous time in Dallas. Lots to see! Susan

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

What an incredible, that food and the HUGE bronze statutes!

Dearest Sheri, most treasured friend! THANK YOU for coming to visit my post! YES, all those photos are MINE! This summer I will be taking tons of photos to add new ones to my book, and during my spring break at home (week after next), I will be working on my book. Those hydrangeas were from last year, in front of one of my favorite shops in town, and the photo of Italy was from 13 years ago when Ruben and I were there; the shot of FRANCE was the view from the inside of an exquisite toy shop looking out into a courtyard!

Thank you kind and wonderful friend! MUCH LOVE and talk soon? Anita

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

How incredible is that Cattle drive. I think Dallas will be added to my list of cities to visit next time I go to the USA.

Thanks for sharing Nel. Enjoy your weekend. said...

Looks and sounds like a great City.
I was in Houston a couple of times.. but never got to Dallas.
Congratulations on your speech Nel.
Pleased you had a good time in the big city.
kind regards
val x

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Nel,
What a wonderful post and tribute to our Dallas, Texas. I live just a bit north of the city and love it too.
So many wonderful sights and you captured them well with your camera.
So glad you had a great stay and the weather was nice. Hope you have the opportunity to come back again. Your work event sounds like it was a huge success.

Hi Sheri, thanks for stopping by and your sweet comments. I loved Nel's post. Have a great day and blessed Sunday.
Sending Texas Love, CM

Attic Clutter said...

Oh very fun NEL..
Now Sheri.. ha..blind on my end ..
I read the --plant..paint-- wrong on your post
well love those flowers anyway..

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Great post Nel and the pictures are wonderful. I toured Dallas when I was there. You never know if you will ever be back in that city again when traveling to different cities. It was really strange to be in the book depository where Oswald shot Kennedy. It was wonderful seeing all the information and pictures they had. Also the grassy knoll where people stood and watched Kennedy get killed.
Very strange feeling for me as I watched the hold thing unfold on TV as it was happening,
Sounds like your conference was well received - great job.

NeverTooOld said...

Nice post and great pics! Big D is on my list of visits. Amazing the statues of the cattle, all of it really. Thanks for sharing in your travels and for stopping by Vintagicity as it's always a pleasure!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French bread & family said...

Texas is on my bucket list once we retire. Our son went to college in West Texas on a baseball scholarship. The people and the school were truly amazing.

Your career is blooming nicely, Nel. How wonderful it is that you dedicate your life skills to education. Our daughter worked for The College Success Foundation up here in Washington State until her first child was born.
Thank you for sharing your travel and work experience with all of us!
Say hi to your mom for me!

Things and Thoughts said...

Never been In America Nel but I'm dreaming of a transatlantic travel.This country has certainly much to offer to a visitor. Really enjoyed strolling around Texas with you.
Happy new week,

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Sheri,
Thank you so much, but to make it clear, I did not BUILT the cabinet. I only constructed the doors and put the glass in.. The cabinet is a built in that was here.. The doors are not perfect, but they are fine for me.. I had always wanted glass doors.. The doors that were on there before were scalloped doors with chicken wire...
Thank you so much for your kind words.
Wishing you all a beautiful week.

wanderlust designs said...

Great pics, I've never been to Dallas I enjoyed the tour.
The food looked delish
Thanks for sharing

miss b said...

It's good to be able to mix work with pleasure! What an interesting city with modern and traditional architecture. The Old Red Courthouse is a very attractive building.