Dallas Art Sculpture Assassination and ribs

Trip Start Sep 30, 2010
Trip End Jan 26, 2011

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Using our knowledge of Australian cities, we figured we would need to in downtown Dallas very early in order to get a park for the day and tour the city.  So we were at the city information centre before it opened at 9am.  The streets were wide and clean, and low on traffic. And as far as we could tell, it never got any busier than that.  The whole city seems calm and in control.  We saw no flashing advertising signs, messy back streets or noisy establishments.  Even the one Macdonalds we saw along the way looked understated with the tiniest 'M'. 
We spent the day in the Arts District.  The blog photos show us variously at the Museum of Art, the Crow Collection and the Nasher Sculpture Museum. We used Dallas' DASH trolley to get around from place to place and the old tram to see around a bit - during its restoration   electricals were sourced from the Melbourne tram system. 

The museum of Art included an exhibition of 13th century alabaster french mourners and African masks (http://www.dm-art.org). These were fabulous and well worth the visit.  Our favourites though were in the regular exhibitions.  Berenice liked the colonial furniture and silver.  Eliza and Bazzie are becoming expert at finding the recurring shell designs in these. Tim and Berenice loved all the American Modern furnishings, lamps and furniture (Merri and other Mad Men fans out there will be familiar with these).
The Crow museum had a wonderful exhibition of Tibetan photographs, and also three Buddhist monks were making a Mandala sand painting.  Tim and Berenice had seen this exhibit several years ago in Armidale, but the kids hadn't.  See http://www.dallasartnews.com/2010/09/tibetan-buddhist-monks-return-to-crow-collection-of-asian-art/
Last of all we visited the 6th floor Museum. This museum is in the old school book dispensary building (where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired the shot) and is dedicated to the events of the Kennedy Assassination.  It is very well done and each of us enjoyed it and is now better informed.  
At the end of all of that we thought a Texan dinner would be in order.  We asked at the museum where there was somewhere we could eat, and discovered we were just near the Market Street restaurant strip, so Eliza finally had the ribs dinner she wanted.  The food was great, but Sebastian found the level of Jalepeno chilli was more than he really wanted.
Most of our motels have offered breakfasts, but that is usually just donuts or pastries and cawfee.  Our Dallas motel has the full hot breakfast and fresh fruit options, so we're much happier!  Also we were able to get our washing done, so the domestics are in order.  There are apparently several big games (baseball and hockey and college football) in Dallas and Fort Worth this weekend, and there are numerous fans in fan colours staying where we are.
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