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A briefest of Dallas impressions

In between my fabulous foreign adventures, I occasionally travel for business. In that rare happenstance, especially when I find myself in a place completely new to me, I try to carve out a bit of time to explore.

Right before Porto, my destination for a good portion of a work week was Dallas, Texas. The full meeting schedule allowed me to catch the last couple of hours of sunlight in the Downtown Historic District on one of the days. Of course, I did not have my trusted big camera with me, and it has been well established on these pages that I am neither too willing nor an awfully able photographer when only equipped with a smartphone. Nonetheless, pictures had to be taken, and thus here is a minimal sampler of Dallas sights (and my first-ever travel entry built entirely with smartphone pictures).

My walking circuit started and ended at the Reunion Tower, whose 470-foot-high observation deck offers panoramic views of the city. Northeast of it lies the City Center District – the main cluster of skyscrapers of Dallas.
Dallas, TX
In the lower left of that perspective is one of the most impressive buildings in town – the Old Red Courthouse, a late 19th-century masterpiece.
Dallas, TX
In all other directions, the landscape looks perfectly flat and mostly bereft of eye-catching features, a couple of bridges notwithstanding.
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
Downtown Dallas is full of various sculptural embellishments, the most impressive of which must be the Cattle Drive in Pioneer Plaza, a herd of several dozen longhorns overseen by cowboys on horses, opened in 1994 to commemorate Texas’ Shawnee Trail of the mid-19th century.
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
The Golden Boy greets visitors to the AT&T Discovery District, a leisure and entertainment quarter smack in the center of the downtown.
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
The standout historic building is the Adolphus Hotel, built in 1912.
Dallas, TX
Elsewhere in the neighborhood, a modern chapel surrounded by tall neighbors…
Dallas, TX
… or the now-closed Gatsby Nightclub…
Dallas, TX
The Giant Eyeball has been sitting since 2013 on the spot where the very first Dallas skyscraper stood for a hundred years prior. Apparently, there is neither a specific reason nor a veritable backstory for its presence here.
Dallas, TX
Here is the Reunion Tower from a distance.
Dallas, TX
And a ground-level look at the Old Red Courthouse.
Dallas, TX
This perspective takes in the courthouse, the tower, and also the JFK Memorial in the left of the frame.
Dallas, TX
The Old Red Courthouse deserves another look – this time from Dealey Plaza, with the monument to George Dealey, in whose honor the plaza is named, with his back to us.
Dallas, TX
Dealey Plaza is considered to be “the birthplace of Dallas”, on account of the first buildings in the city being erected around this spot. There is an obelisk celebrating that fact.
Dallas, TX
Of course, the plaza’s main claim to fame is being the place of JFK’s assassination. The grassy knoll that features in all recounts of the event is a small meadow that lies directly behind the colonnade in the above shot. It is just grass, so I did not take any shots of it.

A wider shot of Dealey Plaza instead.
Dallas, TX
And that is all I had time for.

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