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Explore & Discover: Dallas, Texas

Dallas is a vibrant city set against a magnificent skyline. The diversity of Dallas embraces both the country and city life of The Lone Star State. There is a multitude of iconic places for history buffs and art lovers alike. The rich history and pride of Dallas are evident in many neighborhoods across the city. There are ongoing preservation and revitalization projects that consistently drive more visitors to continue to explore and discover Dallas.

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Downtown Dallas:

The massive skyscrapers that tower over the city of Dallas are some of the best cityscapes I have seen. Dallas is home to 30+ high-rises that range from 350- 921 ft. In fact, the Dallas skyline has been rated as the best skyline in the world! The buildings in downtown Dallas are tremendous in height and grandeur. Dallas by night, all lit up and flashy, is very impressive.

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Reunion Tower:

The Reunion Tower is for observation of the Dallas cityscapes. Reunion Tower is one of the most notable landmarks in Dallas. Reunion Tower offers visitors an interactive digital experience, viewing deck, and spectacular 360-degree panoramic views. There is also an event space, restaurants, and gift shop inside.

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Thanksgiving Square:

Thanksgiving Square is a beautiful white marble spiral structure that reaches 90 ft. into the deep blue Dallas sky. The spiral design symbolizes in ancient cultures the spiral of life. The concept is centered around the belief that our human spirit also reaches infinitely skyward. Thanksgiving Square has a spiritual center, The Chapel of Thanksgiving. The walkway entering the sacred space is also a spiral symbolizing the infinity of life and the heavens. When exiting the chapel you walk down the spiral bringing you back in touch with the world once more.

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Art Districts:
Dallas has two prominent art neighborhoods: Deep Ellum and Bishop Arts District.

Deep Ellum puts the quirk in quirky- I love it. I couldn’t come to the Dallas area and not check out the art scene- which is basically my sole purpose for traveling. The Deep Ellum neighborhood is definitely something I’m glad I didn’t miss. Being a full time explorer of all things interesting this was right up my alley. I really found the art and industrial scene to be fascinating. I love finding dirty and beautiful things to photograph.

They had some really cool iconic architecture and sculptures that took a little while to actually locate, but I was determined to find them. I even found plenty of hidden gems as well. They have a incredible amount of street art including graffiti work and wall murals. You want to check out Deep Ellum when your in the Dallas area! They have lots of engaging visual art pieces, unique eateries and shops.

Bishop Arts District is the former warehouse district of Dallas. Bishop Arts District is a hip and trendy area in the Oak Cliff neighborhood. Bishop Arts district is renowned for its art scene, boutique shopping, charming cafes and live entertainment venues.

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Deep Ellum neighborhood is the urban warehouse district of Dallas. Deep Ellum is famed for its live music venues and art scene. Deep Ellum offers restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cafes, and gastropubs

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Deep Ellum showcases a large variety of street art, graffiti and wall murals. The wall art expands across the entire neighborhood. Deep Ellum is known for its vibrant and eclectic street art and entertainment venues.

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In Deep Ellum, you can see grand steel and iron sculptures and structures. The Traveling Man robots placed throughout Deep Ellum are to signify and pay homage to the past railway systems of the neighborhood. The artistic design of Deep Ellum is the industrial scene.

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Bishop Arts District Bishop Arts District showcases eclectic coffee spots, foodie spots, vintage clothing, antique stores and more. Taking a stroll through the neighborhood is a great way to take in all of the various art displays and murals.

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The Bishop Arts District is vibrant and lively. I love chasing street art so this neighborhood is my cup of tea. I was enamored with all of the bungalows and charming characteristics of this old neighborhood. I also loved the indie atmosphere of The Bishop Arts District.DSC_0513.jpgDSC_0499.jpg

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“I am a museum full of art.” – Rupi Kaur

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Bucket List Dreams- Ft. Worth Water Gardens and Botanic Gardens

Fort Worth

Howdy, from Texas, Y’all!

From water gardens to botanic gardens, I started my Ft. Worth trip in search of beautiful destinations that would completely compel and inspire me.

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Fort Worth Water Gardens

Ft. Worth Water Gardens is home to three magnificent pools for reflection and admiration. The many water features and grand architectural design are superb! The water gardens are truly a serene oasis.

  • Active pool- towering fountains, cascading waterfalls
  • Aerating pool- rainbow hues, soft spurts of mist
  • Quiet water pool- tranquil meditation, sunken pool

The first pool we came to was the Active Pool. There are levels of cascading waterfalls that you can actually walk all the way down from the concrete stone spiraling stairs. It is very wet on the steps and the water looked pretty deep so I proceeded with extreme caution. I took the steps all the way down to the middle of the pool while forceful waterfalls rushed down. As cautious as I was, I still ended up getting splashed several times. The view from the top is splendid, but the view once you reach the bottom and look up is tremendous.

The second water pool we visited was the Aerated Pool. This pool has soft sprinkler style waterspouts, and the water gave off rainbow-hued reflections.

The last pool we visited was the Quiet Water Pool. This pool has gentle blue water streaming and sounds like a springtime rain shower.

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A day visit to the Fort Worth Water Gardens is a must-do if you’re in the area. You can really find your zen and center yourself when in this inspiring and serene space. There is also have a concrete mountain that you may explore. This concrete water jungle is nothing short of a masterpiece.

 

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens offers lovely flower gardens for you to enjoy. The flowers were all nicely labeled so you could see which varieties were in bloom. There wasn’t an awful lot of flowers, but the ones they had were just lovely. I was enamored with the little grotto area with its boulder rocks and streams. I also explored the Texas Native Walk trail. I love finding places that inspire me artistically with nothing more than their genuine beauty and peace.

  • Japanese Gardens
  • Texas Native Walk Trail
  • Grotto

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Hell’s Half Acre Point dates back to the Old Wild West of the late 1800’s. This Red Light District is built upon the site of past saloons, old bar fights, and bustling brothels.

Fort Worth is the center of all things reminiscent of western culture. In Fort Worth, you are in the mecca of cowboys and cattle drives. Fort Worth embraces the history of days past and the Old West.

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Downtown:

Downtown Historic Ft. Worth offers historic landmarks, dining and shopping options, theaters and entertainment venues, museums and an eclectic assortment of attractions.

Sundance Square is a great place to sit on a park bench by the pavilion, take a stroll and sightsee around the plaza, or catch a street performance or fountain show.

Stockyards Station is all things Old West. The historic district is located in the heart of Ft. Worth and exudes the cowboys, cattle drives, and Wild Wild West era. Also, there is shopping and dining options, as well as rodeos, tours and old tyme Cowtown inspired celebrations.

Dallas/Fort Worth is a little bit of city and a whole lot of country. Interestingly, you can step right outside the big city life of Dallas, and step into life the cowboy way in Fort Worth. This trip could only be more complete with a big studded cowboy hat, big rhinestone belt buckle, and flashy cowboy boots. You know they say everything is bigger in Texas!

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“She writes things with her movements that I for the life of me could never write with a pen.” -Christopher Poindexter