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Life in DFW

My life as a wife and mom in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and all things fun about it!

Exploring the West End & Downtown Dallas

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

  This happened 2 weekends ago, when we decided to get to know Dallas a little bit more, particularly from its historical aspect. Now, we all know that one of the most famous events that took place in Dallas is the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a.k.a JFK, a.k.a the 35th president of the U.S., in 1963. 7 years later, this memorial plaza was built by the famous architect named Philip Johnson.

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This memorial serves as an open tomb that symbolizes Kennedy's free spirit. It's roofless and it looks as if it's floating (esp. at night, the memorial plaza looks like its pillars are made of lights).

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This is a little passage that's located beside the memorial plaza, that's actually behind the Old Red Museum. Below is the complete map of the historic west end.

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I love the whole vibe of the area. It's touristy, but hey I'm new in town so who cares haha! I mean how else would you truly get to know a city if not from its historical aspects right?! Like this little cabin right here, that follows the actual model of the home of Dallas' founder, John Neely Bryan! Who knew that the founder of this city was a lawyer from Tennessee, who bought pieces of land from the native american in the 1800s?

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I can't imagine sleeping in a cabin this small! But from this small cabin, came the BIG D! Oh, speaking of..

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Yeap this one is located in front of Wild Bill's, a store that sells boots and other western accessories. If you want to take photos at other B&G installations, you can find the location here.

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Will definitely check out this soul food resto next time. It was too crowded so we didn't even try to get it, look at the queue!

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My favorite monument in the city, the Rosa Parks monument with an MLK quote written on the fountain. Simply powerful.

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This one's an artsy installation in front of a hip hotel in downtown Dallas, The Joule. If you ever take a picture of it, don't forget the hashtag : #theeyeatjoule. And when you're ready for some pizza or some gelato, you should definitely try the restaurants along the alley besides the Eye.

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An up and coming city that is not too crowded and too expensive.

Ah...gotta love the Big D.