Well, AK and I traveled over to the Maldives for a week, followed by a couple of days in Dubai. Both places were excellent fun!
Because I took my camera into the desert, quite literally I should add, I decided to send my camera body and lens in to Canon for professional cleaning and maintenance. I wanted to make sure all that super fine sand got cleaned out of the important mechanisms. As such, I have been without my SLR camera for 3 weeks now. I should hopefully get it back in the next couple of weeks.
Bishop Arts. I’ve been there quite a few times now, always snapping a few photos while there. Depending on what you’re there for, I always find something interesting to see. In the daytime is when you will find all the fun and unique stores to go shopping. Then, starting around 5PM is when the restaurants and watering holes open up. There is quite a bit to choose from for a relatively small area!
It’s been raining a lot here in D/FW. For weeks. This is great for our drought situation, but now many areas are experiencing flooding. The rain also keeps the temperatures cooler. I am hoping there will be a dry afternoon so I can make it out to the Arboretum for a future blog post!
Anyway, in early Spring my family and I ventured to Klyde Warren Park. I had been wanting to check out some of the food trucks that are there and see what else the park had to offer. It was a busy day as it was a weekend and the weather was gloriously sunny.
January has almost passed us by and I still haven’t posted anything. I do have some backlogged places to that I need to share, and I will in due time!
I feel a bit melancholy. My adventuring buddy, Peter, has moved to the other side of the world with his lovely wife. It was so cool how AK and I became fast friends with them in such a short time. It is nice when friendship is just easy. I know there will be future global adventures ahead that I anticipate with glee. For now, I am dealing with a slight mourning period, if you will. 2014 came with some big changes as far as people and friendships go and it always takes me some time to adjust.
Peter took the photo of me below. We’d just had drinks and some food at Eureka, which is new to West Village. It was windy and below freezing outside, but at least it had been a sunny day. You must go to Eureka. It was a very cool place with good food and an ample supply of bourbon for a frigid day.
What does that have to do with this blog? Well, honestly, having a photo buddy made it really easy to go explore places. Especially as a woman; think safety in numbers. Also the fact that Peter could join me on a week day was excellent because places like museums are often not as crowded. I still plan on visiting places around the Metroplex. Some I will venture to alone, and some will be with AK. (I will ask him for his patience now as we go out and about and I stop to photograph the 500000 different things I see!) I hope to keep up my regular, twice-a-month posts. I enjoy taking photos and sharing places in Dallas/Fort Worth. I may inject more of me on here. I am a bit hesitant to do that because I wanted the blog to focus on the places rather than me. I suppose reading things from a local’s point of view is always helpful and maybe a bit more interesting. I’ll figure it out.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien.
Last week, I had an afternoon to myself so I decided to check out Into My Garden tea room in Downtown Plano.
I spent my elementary school years in England, so I was brought up drinking hot tea and eating scones. I have a nostalgic fondness for afternoon tea services. The elegance, the conversations, the small sandwiches, mini desserts. Yum!
For Into My Garden, reservations are a MUST. I actually emailed the day before I went in and received a prompt response. All I had to do was look at their online menu and select the type of service I wanted and they would have it ready for me. You can call to make a reservation too: (469) 360-5821 I selected the “Afternoon Tea in the Garden” service which includes two sandwiches, two tea breads, an English scone, and a variety of small pastries. The required strawberry jam and Devonshire cream accompanied the service as well.
I decided a few weeks prior that I wanted to go to dinner with friends at Five Sixty, the restaurant by Wolfgang Puck that is inside the ball of Reunion Tower. AK and I have been before and really enjoyed it. I called to made a reservation for 6 people. The restaurant does have a strict business casual dress code, so make sure everyone in your group is aware.
After taking the elevator up 50 odd stories, you are greeted by floor to ceiling windows. If you have a fear of heights, then this might not be the place for you. You can actually buy tickets and go up to the observation deck to see the views if you don’t want to eat at the restaurant…hopefully this will be on a future blog post!
AK and I went early to enjoy cocktail happy hour. I sipped on a “Fragrant Pear” served in a martini glass which was delicious.