Meadows Museum, Sixth Floor Museum & Stephen Pyles

Trip Start Aug 12, 2013
Trip End Oct 02, 2013

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Days Inn North Dallas/Farmers Branch
Read my review - 1/5 stars

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Friday, September 27, 2013

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My first stop today was the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. The museum is known for its collection of Spanish art.  Before I went in I noticed a large sculpture in a reflecting pool.  The piece consists of a large number of metal beams arranged parallel to each other down the middle of the pool that slowly rock back and forth in a wave pattern.  It turns out the museum is also known for that piece, which is by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who recently completed a bridge in Dallas.

The Spanish art in the museum's collection is mostly old.  They do have two Joan Miro pieces, one of which I liked a lot, a Picasso and some other modern and contemporary works but they all fit in one room.

I then headed for the Dallas Arts District.  I.parked near the Dallas Museum of Art, which is close to where I have a dinner reservation, and walked to the Sixth Floor Museum.

The Sixth Floor Museum is in the top two floors of the building used by Lee Harvey Oswald to shoot President Kennedy. They have a lot of displays about Kennedy's campaign and presidency.  Then there's a large section about the shooting, reports about the shooting, conspiracy theories about the shooting and the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald.  They have arranged boxes around the window used by Oswald so it appears much as it did when he shot from that window.  The corner around the window is behind glass.

I walked to the Thanksgiving Square Chapel, which was only a little out of my way.  I understand the chapel has some interesting stained glass but, unfortunately, they close at 5:00 so I was too late.

I walked to Stephen Pyles Restaurant. I was very early for my reservation but, fortunately, they were able to seat me. I was seated at the bar. The restaurant describes their style as New Millennium Southwestern Cuisine. There's very little vegetarian on the menu. I ordered a ceviche, a Tamale Tart, which is a signature dish of theirs, and a flat bread (think Texan pizza). I also got a couple wines. It's basically a bar-like atmosphere. The service wasn't particularly good but the food was and, overall, I enjoyed the meal.
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Chas on

LOL, Didn't the one in Vegas tip you off?

Chas on

You may want to juggle some of the dining budget in to the accommodations line item...

wheresgordon on

Good Internet service is important to me and I've found that it is often very good at small, independent motels. At nearly every chain hotel the Internet service is designed by their accountants and lawyers with sign-in screens and restricted bandwidth while at some independents I've gotten 20+mb service and no restrictions.

Unfortunately, when you book online you tend to wind up at larger hotels. Since I was going to be getting to my hotel late I wanted to have the place booked already, which lead to booking online.

wheresgordon on

Chuck, I had the wrong name for the hotel. When I checked in I was told to use the ABVI Internet. I was thinking that's where I was staying but it's next door. I was at the Days Inn. I tried their Internet too. It was even worse.

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