Travel to the “Big D”- The City of Dallas

Texas offers you a perfect blend of valor and swagger. Everything is bigger and grander in Texas. Dallas being one of the most populated towns of Texas keeps this tradition alive in itself. Dallas is home to several museums, art collections, book depository and terrific meal at the local steakhouses in the city.

As per the population, Dallas ranks third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. The majority of the crowd can be found in the Dallas County which is the county seat. The city has the history that precedes thousands of years back. It has a blend of varies cultures that came and left a lasting impression on the face of Dallas.

Starting with the Caddo people inhabiting and then the arrival of Spanish colonies and then the claim of France over the area. Towards the end of the 19th century, Dallas was booming with business and trading centers due to the construction of railroads. It attracted a lot of workers from Texas and Midwest.

Inside Dallas Fortworth AirportArchitecture

Being one of the largest city of Texas, the ‘Big D’ city has a skyline of several buildings towering to a height of 700 feet. The high rise and LED-lined architecture capture the heart of everyone visiting. Thought the architectural history of Dallas dates back to the late 19th century and early 20th Century the most iconic and notable pieces of architecture of the city came in the eras of modernist and postmodernists.

The city is a proud presenter of the Reunion Tower, the JFK Memorial, Dallas City Hall, and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The Comerica Bank Tower, Fountain Place, Renaissance Tower are some examples of the post-modernist era skyscrapers. One also gets to witness the Gothic Revival style structures in the form of Kirby Building and Davis and Wilson’s building showcasing the neoclassical style.

Besides its grand architectural history, the Big D is also noted for the Cowboys and their Cheerleaders who have contributed to the popular culture of the city. One can find the city streets with people adoring cowboy hats and snakeskin boots as their night out attire. Such is the culture and Dallas vibe and swag.

Must Visit Places in Dallas

●     Sixth Floor Museum

The city of Dallas has the unfortunate distinction of being the land where President John F Kennedy was assassinated. In spite of such a reputation, Dallas has used this as an opportunity to dig into this event that altered the world events.

The museum is dedicated to showing the reconstructed footage of the event, audio clips and the accounts of the eyewitness. It exhibits the JFK’s time, his life and the legacy that he lived with and then left behind. It gives the raising view of the window from where Lee Harvey Oswald fired and is sure to give you goosebumps.

●     Pioneer Plaza

To witness the largest bronze monument on the face of the earth, head to the Pioneer Plaza. The Plaza is a collection of 40 bronze longhorns that seem to be larger than life. The collection is placed in a manner that it looks like a cattle drive. One can feel the persuasive power of the entire picture.

●     Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

For all those who love Nature and wish to dwell amidst the plants and flowers, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is the destination to reach. Spread across 66 acres, there are theme gardens such as Sunken Garden and the Woman’s Garden displaying varied plants and flowers.

It is located near the shores of the White Rock Lake and gets overwhelmed with the crowd during the spring wildflower season, so much so that the streets around have to be closed down.

●     Perot Museum of Nature & Science

With most of its exhibits being interactive it allows visitors to design their own bird, command robots, travels through the solar system and much more. Since its opening in 2012, the Perot Museum of Nature & Science is beautiful both on the inside as well as outside. It is a creation of the award-winning architect Thom Mayne. The indoors offers six floors of wondrous adventure.

Nasher Sculpture Center●     Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Center is among one of the greatest private sculpture collections in the world. It houses the works of Calder, de Kooning, Rodin, Serra, and Miro. The glass and steel installations reflect the modern day art. The divine sculpture garden situated there is one of the best in the country.

How to Reach Dallas?

Dallas has the second busiest airport of Texas and is the sixth busiest in the world. The Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. It is a hub for major airlines flying from America. There are also charters departing and arriving in Dallas. One can use these accessible and comfortable charters and fly around in the city with convenience. These private charters will take your travel experience a notch higher on luxury, comfort, and safety.

Travel around Dallas

To travel around the city of Dallas, it is best advised that one makes the use of the local transport. There are buses that DART operates. The tickets of these can be bought from the board buses and vending machines installed at the rail shops. One can also find the Dallas Streetcar to explore the city. These streetcars run from the downtown to the southwest.

There is also a Trinity Railway Express trains which run between Dallas Union Station and Fort Worth. One can also get a shuttle bus that connects to the airport from the Center Port. The use of cars and motorcycles is not recommended due to heavy and bad traffic in the daytime.

Summing Up

If you want to experience the rich architectural history and the local street fun and frolic one of the criteria for selecting the travel destination, the Dallas is the answer. Dallas has all the potential to impress its visitors with so much in its lap to offer.

It has a fine collection of art and multiple cultural institutions for art lovers. Those who enjoy live performance shall also be equally entertained by the talented artists of the city. For those who want to stroll and relax or unwind, this place is perfect for them as well.


What To Do When You Caught a Shark

If you’ve done much saltwater fishing, chances are you’ve caught your share of sharks, whether on purpose or accidentally while angling for other species. Either way, once you haul in the toothy fish, you must decide what to do with your catch and how to accomplish the task.

Unless you plan to eat your shark, it should be released quickly. Even though sharks are much feared and often viewed as mindless killing machines, just waiting to sink their teeth into unsuspecting swimmers, nothing could be further from the truth.

Of the many species of sharks around the globe, only a handful are implicated in attacks on humans. Considering the number of people entering the oceans each year, shark attacks are infrequent.

Dried shark meat is a delicacy in IcelandSharks are an essential part of the ecosystem, serving as garbage disposals. They also help keep other species in check, ensuring healthy fish populations. The sleek, sturdy creatures usually live in harmony with man, with attacks being a case of mistaken identity. You’d be amazed by aerial views of many crowded beaches. Large numbers of sharks are frequently seen swimming among the bathers, and the humans are almost always blissfully unaware of their presence.

To release a hooked shark, wrap a towel tightly around its head. Have one person hold the shark firmly while you clip the hook’s shaft with a pair of cutting pliers. Then, if possible, retrieve the hook’s point, using a pair of long-handled pliers or a unique hook-releasing tool. Return the shark to the water as soon as possible.

If you have a taste for some fresh shark meat, kill the animal quickly. Stun it with a sharp blow to the head, then cut through the spinal cord with a sharp fillet knife. Not only will this immobilize the fish, but it will also make it impossible for the shark to feel any pain before it dies.

Most anglers prefer to slice the shark crossways to make steaks, but I like to slice fillets lengthwise down the shark’s body. No matter which method you use, you’ll have to remove the tough, sandpaper-like skin. Make the pieces of meat about one-inch thick.

Once you have your steaks or fillets, rinse them thoroughly and keep them chilled until cooking. You might want to place them in Italian dressing or your favorite marinade for a couple of hours.

Unless you tenderize the cuts, they will most likely have the consistency or rubber. Shark flesh contains tough fibers that need to be broken down before cooking. Using a heavy metal meat mallet, pound the steaks or chops on both sides, then add your favorite seasoning. Dredge the meat in flour, then fry in hot oil. You can also grill the meat, basting it with olive oil.

When cooked properly, a shark is tender and delicious. It doesn’t have a “fishy” taste. In fact, it’s more like a combination of mild fish, pork chop, and chicken. Because sharks caught in some areas contain dangerous levels of mercury, you need to check with the local game and fish before consuming any shark meat.

Enjoying the Vibrance of Art in Greenville, SC

Saturday Market at GreenvilleAs one of the larger cities in South Carolina, Greenville has a vibrant downtown with a distinct cultural flavor. With its eclectic mix of museums, including the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green, and the Museum and Library of Confederate history, downtown Greenville offers all visitors a number of things to do to enjoy the riches of both art and history.

Greenville County Museum of Art

The Greenville County Museum of Art offers visitors a change to glimpse a variety of American art that represents a Southern perspective, with pieces ranging from the colonial period to the present. Artists represented in the permanent collections include Thomas Sully, Washington Allston, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns. Artistic movements include landscape, still life, Impressionism, and many more. They also host a number of exhibitions, which currently include “Ben Long: Paintings and Drawings” and “Andrew Wyeth: The Greenville Collection.”

The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. (they are open until 8 P.M. on Thursday evenings) and from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. Admission is free, making this an ideal thing to do for those traveling on a budget. Those wishing to contact the museum may do so at the following information:

420 College Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green

Although a somewhat smaller museum than the Greenville, the Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green nevertheless offers a selection of the more than 400 Old Master paintings and a variety of other items that are available at the Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery. The M & G also features a variety of other items that make it an ideal thing to do for those wishing to immerse themselves in the art world. These include Middle Eastern antiquities, Russian coins, decorative art, and period furniture.

The Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Admission is $5 for adults, with lower rates for seniors and students (children under 12 are free.) Those who wish to contact them may do so at the information below:

25 Heritage Green Place
Greenville, SC 29601

Museum and Library of Confederate History

With its wide variety of artifacts and displays depicting the history of the American Civil War, the Museum and Library of Confederate History paints a poignant picture of one of the bloodiest periods in American history. Items on display include some arms, artifacts, and documents from the War period, which are housed in a number of rooms including the Main Gallery, the Heritage Room (where several uniforms and medical implements are on display,) and many more. The Library houses some volumes of great use to the researcher or Civil War enthusiast.

The museum’s hours vary by day, so it is best to call ahead when planning a visit. There is no admission fee, making this an ideal place to visit for the budget-conscious traveler. Those wishing to contact the Museum and Library of Confederate History may do so with the following information:

15 Boyce Avenue
Greenville, SC 29601