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.
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!
After laughing our guts out trying on outrageous things at Sassy’s, Debra and I scooted to the airport to pick up Melinda VanLone 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.
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 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:
We 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!
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.
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: