To kick-off the week, Clayton and I worked a half day on Monday and then drove three hours to Dallas for a Mumford and Sons concert. Best. Idea. Ever.
Not only was it a killer concert (seriously, they are SO good) but we took Tuesday off of work to explore and avoid being rushed during our return trip to Shreveport. I wish every work week could be like this – as in, start the week on a Wednesday.
Tuesday morning we ventured over to the JFK assassination site and caught the early tour of the museum. It was incredible. Mostly self-guided with the assistance of a personal audio player, you’re free to roam the exhibit and timeline at your own pace. Upon seeing the 50+ other people in our tour group, we breezed through the beginning in attempt to see future sections crowd-free. If it weren’t for the throngs of people surrounding each display, we could have easily spent all day there.
Dallas is home to some pretty unique architecture and one structure that drew the eye of the engineer in our party was the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Connecting downtown Dallas with the Trinity Groves neighborhood, the bridge has a 40-story arch supported by a span of cables. The architect that designed the famous bridge, Santiago Calatrava, designed two others that are set to be built over the same river and will feature his signature style.
I believe the bridges are being built to facilitate growth in the Trinity neighborhood and beyond as the city seems to be bursting at the seams. A self dubbed, “15-acre restaurant, retail, artist and entertainment destination,” Trinity Groves was created by three investors. At the hub of their project is the Restaurant Incubator Program which give chefs and restaurateurs the opportunity to present their ideas and concepts to a group of experienced restaurateurs who will then support them in running their business.
The result (at least from what I can tell) has been amazing. Not knowing the background of the area when we first arrived, we were taken aback by the individual character of each restaurant and kept commenting on how hip and unique they seemed. We ended up eating at Babb Bros BBQ which was of course, delicious.
Before heading out, we drove through downtown and made note of all of the things we wanted to see upon our return: the street art (it’s everywhere!), the downtown art district, Deep Ellum/other quirky neighborhoods and some local breweries.
Also, for anyone reading this that has thought about visiting: despite the fact that I live in Louisiana, I actually live closer to Dallas (3 hours) than New Orleans (6 hours). So next time you’re in the Big D, hit me up.
Grabbin’ life by the horns. See what I did there?