A World Away From Here

I was on vacation for the back half of March.  AK and I went to the other side of the world and met up with friends in Hong Kong, followed by Thailand.  An amazing experience.  While the trip has nothing to do with Dallas/Fort Worth, I still wanted to share a snap from each place.  (I’m debating on making a travel section of this blog.)

The flight from DFW to Hong Kong is a very long 17 hours. We were in a bulkhead row, so thankfully there was lots of room to stretch our legs.  I would say the view from The Peak Sky Terrace was worth the long journey.  Even with the hazy, foggy skies.

A view of Hong Kong from The Peak Sky Terrace.
A view of Hong Kong from The Peak Sky Terrace.

We spent 6 days in Phuket, Thailand. One of the first things I learned about the place is that the ‘h’ is silent, so its pronounced “Pu-ket”.  The other is that Phad Thai (again the silent ‘h’) isn’t spicy until you add your own chili seasonings to your preferred tastes.  I skipped the chilies because they don’t agree with me, but I thoroughly enjoyed the limey peanuty goodness.

We took a private boat tour around the Andaman Sea and discovered many beautiful places. The one that really stuck out to me was Koh Panyee, a floating fishing village. It’s literally built on the side of a cliff.

Koh Panyee
Koh Panyee

Anyway, I shall now return you to normal D/FW programming.  I’m finding it hard to get out there alone, without my photo adventuring buddy, but I will soon!

Continental Avenue Bridge AND Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

This is a two for one special!  These bridges are very close together. One is a new city landmark, the other is a park. There is a huge project going on in Dallas that encompasses the Trinity River Corridor. They are building walking paths and other outdoor-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy.

We started out on the Trinity Skyline Trail and walked down the ramp to the floodway below, where the trail is located.

Standing underneath the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, looking out at the Continental Ave Bridge.
Standing underneath the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, looking out at the Continental Ave Bridge.

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George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The campus of Southern Methodist University is beautiful.  It’s a very expensive, private school tucked in the upscale neighborhood of University Park.  Former First Lady Laura Bush attended SMU for her undergraduate studies, and the campus is also where you will find her husband’s Presidential Library and Museum.

Agree or disagree with his politics, George W. Bush is a large part of Texas history and, of course, a President of the United States.  If you want a feel for history and Texas, then a visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum should be on your To Do list.

It is important to note that the museum is a Federal agency, so you will go through a security screening and bag check before you are allowed inside.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

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Nasher Sculpture Center

This is one of those adventures that happened awhile ago and got stockpiled.

I follow an account on Instagram called InstaDFW.  It showcases various photographers in the metroplex.  They organized a meetup (aka Instameet) at the Nasher Sculpture Center.  Peter and I took our cameras and our phones and went to check things out.  I will admit to having a bit of trepidation about the whole thing, as sometimes meetups can be rather cliquey. Admission to the Nasher is $10 for adults.  Because of the Instameet, we were allowed inside for free, and signed some photography paperwork.  While doing so, I got admonished for sitting down on an item I wasn’t supposed to sit on. (It was just a white bench-looking thing that obviously was not a bench.)  Can’t take me anywhere!  We were then released to explore the Sculpture Center and snap away.  As always, click on the photos to enlarge.

I loved this geometric piece, as well as the building's clean lines.
I loved this geometric marble piece by Tony Smith, as well as the building’s clean lines.

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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.

Outside Eureka in Uptown Dallas.
Outside Eureka in West Village, Dallas.

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.

ICE! at Gaylord Texan

I had festive on the brain when I convinced my adventuring buddy to drive out with me to Grapevine and the Gaylord Texan Resort. Every year they put on Lone Star Christmas, decorating the huge atrium with thousands of lights, ornaments, and displays.  There is also the ICE! exhibit.  The theme changes from year to year, and in 2014 it features Frosty the Snowman.

ICE! at Gaylord Texan.  2014 showcased Frosty the Snowman.
ICE! at Gaylord Texan. 2014 showcased Frosty the Snowman.

Tip #1 Bring your heavy coat, hat, and gloves!  It’s very cold in there!  9 degrees Fahrenheit.  They do have huge parkas you can borrow to go through ICE!, and many people did just that.  I wore my own big down coat with jeans and a fleece top underneath.  While I wasn’t freezing, I could feel the cold.  I should have worn thicker gloves because my hands quickly got very cold.  I had on thin running gloves since I was taking photos. Continue reading ICE! at Gaylord Texan

Christmas Lights at Vitruvian Park

If you’re not feeling all that festive yet, but want a gorgeous place to walk around and see lots and lots of Christmas lights, then make your way to Vitruvian Park in Addison immediately!  Well…preferably after dark!

I packed up my camera and tripod to practice working on long exposures.  The park is absolutely beautiful with all the trees perfectly wrapped in colorful lights. (Click on each photo to see a larger version! Go on!)

Festive holiday lights at Vitruvian Park
Festive holiday lights at Vitruvian Park

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