Lucy’s Pearls Travels: Dallas, TX

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m moving to Dallas. At first I was like dang, I can’t take a vacation? Lol. Then I realized, oh, I’ve been saying for years that I would move to Texas (when I never even visited the place). Now that I have visited, I’ve decided that I could live in Texas temporarily, but not forever.

I’m not sure why I thought I could live in Houston. Maybe because of their Nigerian population and because Queen B is from there but uh, no. When I touched down at William Hobby airport, I rented a car and headed out for some sight-seeing while waiting on a friend. While I was driving on the highway, I saw palm trees…in Texas. The whole area reminded me of Orlando. Being that I’ve spent the first 14 years of my life in South Florida, I don’t want to move to a place that reminds me of it. Been there, done that. Overall, it just wasn’t a place I could really see myself enjoying.

Houston, Texas

After consulting Foursquare (which, btw, gave me great suggestions on where to go and eat), I landed on Beaucoup Bar & Grill for some grub. Now, they say everything is bigger in Texas. This is not an exaggeration. For the record, I could not finish a single meal while on this trip. Not one. To go plate every single day.

Beaucoup Bar & Grill Houston Texas

That strawberry passion lemonade was the TRUTH.

Beaucoup Bar & Grill Houston Texas

Beaucoup Bar & Grill Houston Texas

Another thing I appreciated in Texas that I wish we had more of in Atlanta: the museums. There were so many I wanted to visit but my wallet said no. I did go to the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences. Best part was the butterfly center. There’s something mystical about butterflies. I’m drawn to them and them to me.

Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

This is a little gross but, my goodness, look how big they are!!!

Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

This little one loved me.

Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

Nemo1 and Nemo2

Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

I thought a zebra about to get bit in the ass was kinda funny.

Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

City Centre in Houston looks JUST like Atlantic Station but with better shopping and dining.

City Centre Houston Texas

City Centre Houston Texas

I stayed in Houston to have dinner with my friend and then I hit the road to Dallas. Yes, at 930 pm in a strange place and on strange roads. But I do things like that so I was okay.

My friend V who lives in Dallas stays in the artsy side of town. Because she knew I was coming, duh. I would compare it to Little Five Points in Atlanta…but quieter and cleaner.

Bishop Arts District Dallas Texas

There are a bunch of hut-looking establishments in Dallas like this one. Not open for business, just plopped in the middle of the street for no apparent reason.

Bishop Arts District Dallas Texas

These birds FREAKED ME OUT. So many of them everywhere around the city. I looked it up and they’re called blackbirds. They have a yellow ring around their eyes. Creepy.

Dallas Texas

Dallas Texas

Had dinner at the NYLO hotel. First of all, this place is absolutely fabulous. It’s like staying in a loft that doubles as an art gallery.

NYLO Hotel Dallas Texas

Secondly, there’s an infinity pool on the roof. Lastly, it has the best view of the Dallas skyline.

NYLO Hotel Dallas Texas

Had brunch at this spot called Oddfellows. Man, I wish I had time to go back for dinner. Delish.

Oddfellows Dallas Texas

Random sighting at Klyde Warren Park. Which, btw, isn’t really…a park. To me, anyway. Guess I’ve been spoiled by Piedmont Park. I did think it was cool to have a station to borrow books and sit and read.

Klyde Warren Park Dallas Texas

Hey girl, hey.

Klyde Warren Park Dallas Texas

The Dallas Museum of Art was free. I appreciated that.

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

Went to this thing called Culture Map Dallas, celebrating their one year birthday bash. My kind of scene. Except there were only a handful of Black people. Speaking of Black people…where are they in Dallas? The thing that sucks about these kinds of events is that there is no diversity. Same in Atlanta.

Culture Map Dallas

Meeting Karren for the first time. Total babe. Thank you so much for showing me a good time!

Culture Map Dallas

Of course I couldn’t go to Dallas without attending a Black Girls Social event.

Black Girls Social Dallas Texas

Black Girls Social Dallas Texas

Got to finally meet Tori Lee and Kellee Moore of Black Girls Social.

Black Girls Social Dallas Texas

This girl. Have I told you how much I’m drawn to truly giving people? I’m selfish. So when I meet people who would literally give you the shirt off their back and NEVER mention it again, I’d do anything for them. She was ridiculously hospitable to me and I cannot say thank you enough.

Dallas Texas

So there’s this vegan-friendly place called Spiral Diner & Bakery that reminded me a lot of home. Quirky people and food.

Spiral Diner & Bakery Dallas Texas

Headed out for a night on the town with the ladies. The streets were crazy packed because of a game. I loved it though. Young people everywhere, drinking and partying. Plenty of space to park and walk around.

Dallas Texas

Dallas Texas

This. Pizza. From. Sfuzzi. Was. Everything.

Sfuzzi Dallas Texas

Yoooo. I pet a camel. At a gas station. At first I was all like, oh no, I can’t, touch it with me. But then I did touch it and it felt like the best fur coat ever.

Dallas Texas

Dallas Texas

Dallas Texas

Strike a pose.

Dallas Texas

Photo shoot day.

Dallas Texas

It rained pretty much the last two days of my trip. I didn’t get to eat BBQ or go to the fair. I did eat tons of good good food and met cool people.

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Dallas Texas

Overall, it was a marvelous trip away from my everyday. I really needed it. And although I still felt like things were missing, Dallas is a great city. It’s still developing but it has great potential.

miss lucy

  • Alvie

    Just found your blog and I love it. I’m from Dallas but live in Houston so glad you were able to experience both. Just starting up a blog so if ever you get a chance check it out.
    http://www.alviesmarts.com

    • http://lucyspearls.com/ Lucy Dazilma

      I’m glad you found my blog! I’ll check you out.

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