June 17 2012
We went across the street from Union Station and had breakfast at Cindi’s. I had read so much about this place. I was so excited to go here. It seemed like it was going to be a copy of a great NYC diner. It wound up being far from it. It looked like a run down bagel joint. My mom and I each got a bagel. I had mine toasted with butter and my mom had hers toasted with jelly. They burnt her bagel even though she told them not to. They couldn’t even give her another of the same bagel flavor because they didn’t have any left. I got another bagel to go.
We then went to the Old Red Museum. If you go before 12pm on Sundays tickets are cheaper. I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this museum and really only bought tickets to see the inside of an interesting building. It turned out to be a great museum! It covers an entire floor and a piece of the 1st floor. It is broken down by time period and there is just so much to see. Each room has a video and there is even a room for children to engage in the exhibits. There are artifacts from JFK’s assassination, from the time of slavery, the time of segregation, from Dallas the TV show, and so much more. I loved looking at everything and took a ton of pictures. Definitely worth the visit!
After the Old Red Museum we visited the Grassy Knoll. My mom and I both had chills. How many times had we watched JFK get shot and Jackie climb on the back of that car. I had recently spent a two whole class periods with my students on this so the images were very vivid. It was unsettling to be there and to see the x’s on the ground that marked the shots. There were a lot of tourists taking pictures, the most I had seen since we arrived.
Next we moved inside to the Sixth Floor Museum. We paid the admission fee and picked up our audio tour which is included in the price. The museum consists of a lot of photos and signs. There are also a handful of videos. No pictures were allowed on the 6th floor. There really wasn’t a lot of artifacts to look at so I spent time reading signs. They have the corner where the shots were taken covered in plexi glass. The museum was packed, which I wasn’t too happy about. I felt like people were on me the whole time. You have the opportunity to go to the 7th floor, but no one really did. You have access to the windows right above the ones Oswald used. So you can have his view. Very freaky. You are allowed to take pictures on the 7th floor so I took pictures of his view. After that, we went to the gift shop in the museum which was very expensive. I just bought postcards and used their press a penny machines. We used the bathroom facilities and crossed the street to the 2nd 6th floor museum gift shop. We bought a cookie at the gift shop and ate it there. The gift shop had pretty much the same stuff as the other one at the same prices. Why have two?
It started to rain. We found a wild west store called the Wild Wild West Store. I bought a t-shirt for Paris and some more postcards. They had a lot of souvenirs, but they were all really expensive. So far everything in Dallas was expensive and I couldn’t figure out why. We then crossed the street and went to the JFK Memorial. We took some pictures and left. Since there is nowhere to eat by our hotel we went back to Hoffbrau’s. I ordered mashed potatoes and bread. I wasn’t too hungry. My mom and I were sad to leave Hoffbrau’s. The staff thought it was funny how addicted we were.
We went back to Wild Bill’s Western and used our 2nd Dallas belt buckle coupon and we got my dad a shirt. We found a cookie place called Tiff’s and picked up some cookies to take back to the hotel. We were bored and didn’t feel like going back to the hotel yet so we decided to walk to Pioneer Plaza. The walk was a bit scary since it was desolate, but we managed. There was another family at the plaza and we all took pictures with the cattle.
We walked back to the hotel and decided to use the free internet in the lobby. My mom left me to ask one of the ladies in the hotel how to connect to the internet when two guys started to harass me. I was alone with a lot of bags and it was clear they wanted to steal one. I freaked out and yelled for help. Eventually people came and helped me and threw the guys out of the hotel. The security in this hotel sucks. The neighborhood is bad, the tunnel is super creepy, and they allow strangers to bother guests. So never coming back here!
After that ordeal we went back to the room to pack.