June 15 2012
My mom and I were finally heading to Dallas. We were originally supposed to go in March, but there were tornado warnings. We used our American Airlines miles to get free flights.
We landed in Dallas and took a shuttle to a parking lot where we picked up another shuttle. That shuttle took us a train. We bought tickets for the train, which came about 15 minutes later. The train reminded me of Amtrak trains. The train had free wifi, which was plus and it allowed me to check my work email. The train left us off a little over a block away from our hotel (the Hyatt). We had to go downstairs and take a tunnel into the hotel basement. The tunnel was a little creepy. We had heard a lot of bad reviews about this hotel and we knew that the pool and gym were going to be closed while we were going to be there. The Hyatt upgraded us to a suite.
The suite had a living room with a dining room, two bathrooms, a mini fridge, and double beds. We didn’t have a view, but that’s what we wanted because the rooms with a view faced the train station and were noisy. Our lack of a view meant that we would have a quiet room.
We walked through the tunnel again (which was long, deserted, and still creepy) and went to a block away from the Old Red Museum to catch a bus to the Swiss Ave. Historical District. The bus was kind of grimy and definitely worse than the ones in NYC. The bus left us in what seemed to be the middle of nowhere. We had no idea where to go. Thank goodness I had a cell with a map. We were actually only two blocks from the start of Swiss Ave.
We started to shed our layers and protect ourselves from the sun. The sun was shining directly on us and it was very hot. I took out my ipod and a pair of headphones for my mom and I to share. I had downloaded an audio tour of the homes onto my ipod. You can get the audio here, but you’ll need to do some tweaking to get it on your ipod. I organized it so we did one of the side the street and then turned around and did the other side of the street.The houses are beautiful and each one has an interesting history. We even saw the house where they filmed the pilot episode of Dallas (my mom is in a picture with it below). It’s a mile from one end to the other. So we walked two miles total. We were soaked and dehydrated by the time we were done. We walked to Gaston Ave and went into the gas station. I went looking for a bathroom, but didn’t see one. We bought some ice cold water and went to the bus stop.
We took the bus to the Mozzarella Company, which I had heard about on a TV show. Unfortunately, it was not what I thought it would be. There was nothing to see. I got postcards and left. We were then supposed to go to Pepe and Mito’s which was on Diners, Drive-in’s, and Dive’s, which was across the street from Mozzarella Company. However, we were just not in the mood for Mexican food. We decided to head back to our neighborhood. We waited for the bus and waited and waited. The bus stop was outside of a cupcake place, so my mom decided to go in and get some while we waited for the bus. The bus wound up coming 1 hour later.
We got off the bus and decided to go to the restaurant I had picked for the next night, which was Hoffbrau’s. The restaurant was by our hotel and got great reviews. I ordered a side of mashed potatoes with gravy and a side of mac n cheese. They were both so good!!!!! My mom got the Hoffbrau’s chips. They were also very good. Pictures of what we ate is below. The staff was nice, the food was very good, the water was cold, and the bathroom was clean so we were super happy with our choice. We walked around the neighborhood, which wasn’t that good. We went to cvs and picked up some sweets and souvenirs. We also went to Wild Bill’s Western. I bought a bunch of postcards and a bracelet. I had a coupon for a free belt buckle for every $10 spent. So we got to use that. I tried on a bunch of shoes and hats. We had a lot of fun just looking around the store. We took the scary tunnel back to our hotel and stayed in for the rest of the night.