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Dallas full of surprise …

Dallas full of surprise …

Local Dallas

Dallas is full of surprise, apparently not the city you would like to spend vacation but if you look deeper in the city you might find many interesting and nice place to enjoy your days and evenings.

Dallas it’s Downtown ; Updtown ; Deep Ellum ; Lower Greenville ; Bishop Art.

Downtown, epicentre of Dallas, lots of building and museum. The best way to visit downtown Dallas it’s to park somewhere on the Trolley line (http://www.mata.org/schedulesroutemap.html ) and take the trolley until Downtown area (free ride). Then just walk by the building and status. You might enjoy a nice drink at the small but not nice klyde warren park (http://www.klydewarrenpark.org/ ).

Downtown 6
Klyde Warren Park
Downtown 5
Klyde Warren Park

Downtown 3 Downtown 2

Downtown 1
View from dowtown
Downtown 4
The financial district

Uptown, nightlife of Dallas and especially McKinney Avenue with plenty of bars and night clubs. High select part of Dallas, and rich people are living there. Here is a list of clubs and bars that are good but not only! The Den, Blackfriar, The avenue (very select), So&So, the Concrete Cowboy…

During a sunny day, go and have a walk at Katy Trail. Nice path for bikes; runners or just walkers. If you’re getting tired you can always have a drink on the patio at the Ice House (very nice area, nice beer and average price).

Bishop Art, area in rehabilitation and transformation. Nice bars and expos there.

Deep ellum, I love that place. Great streets with street arts and hipster bars/clubs. If you want to enjoy brewery go to Braindead Brewing (http://braindeadbrewing.com/ ), Pecan Lodge or BuzzBrews Deep Ellum.

DeepEllum (3)

Walk in the street of Main Street or Elm Street you will see nice street paintings. Enter in the strange handicraft shops and vintage shops.

DeepEllum (1)
Somewhere in Elm street
DeepEllum (2)
Elm street / Main street
DeepEllum (4)
Elm street / Main street
DeepEllum (9)
Elm street / Main street
DeepEllum (14)
Elm street / Main street
DeepEllum (16)
Elm street / Main street
DeepEllum (17)
Elm street / Main street

Lower Greenville/Knox Henderson, nice area similar to deep ellum but more hip. Nice rooftop with a view on downtown skyline.

You can find a really good French bakery: Boulangerie (http://villagebakingco.com/ ).

Great coffee shop: Houndstooth Coffee (http://www.houndstoothcoffee.com/ ) with real espresso from different countries.

If you’re at lower Greenville, you must also stop at Truckyard (http://www.texastruckyard.com/ ), great way to have a beer with friends outside.

Finally, if you feel more fency, you can enjoy a good meal/dinner at the French restaurant: St Martins (http://www.stmartinswinebistro.com/ ), but a meal will cost you around (50$/pers including 2 plates starters and meal plus a glace of wine. For a good affordable brunch you can go to the Old Monk (http://www.oldmonkdallas.com/ ).

Greater Dallas

If you take your car a drive a little bit outside of Dallas, you can also find really nice things.

Parks and lakes

Close from Dallas: White Rock Lake, you can enjoy a picnic and a nice view of the lake. Path and parking are available for walks, rides…

White Rock Lake
White Rock Lake
White Rock Lake 2
White Rock Lake

North West Dallas: River Legacy Park: http://www.riverlegacy.org/ , huge park so great if you want to go out from the city life.

South West Dallas: Cedar ridge preserve: Audubon nature preserve offering 9 miles of hiking trails through 600 acres of hill country habitat. http://cedarhilltx.com/1700/Cedar-Ridge-Nature-Preserve

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Cedar ridge preserve
Cedar ridge preserve
Cedar ridge preserve
Cedar ridge preserve
Cedar ridge preserve

Nightlife

  • Country nights:

Red River Irving: http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/dallas/ Outpost of a honky-tonk/dance hall chain with live country music, dance lessons & a mechanical bull. Free classes Thursday nights at 7pm.

  • Karaoke nights:

Family Karaoke: http://www.familykaraokedfw.com/ Karaoke outfit features a sizable song selection, a spacious bar & well-equipped private rooms.

  • Fency/clubbing nights :

Uptown dallas and Deepellum

 

Because we are in Texas…

21th July,

A weekend over Dallas, let’s go for first the George Bush Library and then the Rodeo (typical from Texas).

George Bush Library

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

This is a nice place to go, if you don’t know anything or little about George Bush or if you are just interested to learn more about the american history and politics. 

The whole visit last around 3 hours if you want to take your time; personally I do not read everything so it took me approximately 2 hours. 

George Bush Library  George Bush Library 2

George Bush Library 3

How to get there ? 

Address: 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205

How much does it cost ? 

Price: $16 for adult

26th Texas Black Invitational Rodeo

Who is leaving in Texas and haven’t been to a rodeo ? I went with some friend to take part to the rodeo adventure. And It was a success ! Really, it is entertaining and not boring. It’s a must to do if you are in texas.

There are several part during the rodeo, there is the famous rodeo on a bull or a horse and the goal is to stay as long as possible. There is also, the catching of a baby cow as fast as possible and some speed competition.

Rodeo 1  Rodeo 2

Where to see a rodeo ? 

There is rodeo show in Fort Worth every Friday and Saturday (Stockyard).

We went to fair park in Dallas because it was a special event.

How much does it cost ? 

Around $20

22th July,

Glen Rose & Hico 

After 1h30 of driving we stopped at Glen Rose well known for her park and the dinausor fossil. It’s a nice park where there are several trail and a nice creek where you can have a swim and cold yourself from the hot weather.

Bring your swimsuit ! 

If you have children or just enjoying the nature, it’s the place to go. Not far from dallas it’s totally accessible.

The entrance fee is per car and cost $10 (not sure).

After 2 hours of walking we took the car and drove until Hico.

Hico, well very special but typical from what I thought before comming to Texas… The village seems to be stop in the sixties. There are plenty of abandonned stores and empty street when you can see tree leaves dancing with the wind.

Before Hico used to be the place where Billy The Kid lived. Billy the kid better known under the pseudonyms of Billy the Kid and William H. Bonney, was a 19th-century gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West.

In Hico there is a small museum about his story and all the legends we that we associate him.

The entrance is free ! 

Hico 1  Hico 3

Hico 2