Another new destination for me to visit! I’ve been lucky lately and have had quite a few flights to places that I haven’t had the chance to visit yet in my 5 and a half years at Emirates, and Dallas was one of them.
It’s certainly one of the longest flights we have, at around 16 hours. To say I was exhausted by the time we landed would be an understatement! Adding to the fact that we left Dubai around 3 o’clock in the morning, it was no wonder that all of us were fast asleep on the bus to the hotel within minutes!
Once we arrived at the hotel, I couldn’t avoid the comfy bed and had a good nap, before heading to the gym for a workout…in preparation for dinner at In-N-Out!
If you’ve never tried In-N-Out Burger before, it’s only available in California and Texas, and they do the most amazing burgers ever, seriously!
Originally a group of us had arranged to meet for dinner a bit later on, so although feeling completely stuffed I headed down to the lobby. Only myself and one of the girls showed up, so we decided it wasn’t worth going anywhere and I went back up to my room for an early night.
The next morning I was up early (thanks to the 9 hour time difference between Dallas and Dubai!) so made my way back to the gym to work off the burger, before enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.
Four of us met up to do a bit of exploring, and visit the JFK Museum in downtown Dallas.
The museum is very interesting, and you’re given an audio guide to take you through the exhibit. I didn’t know much about John F. Kennedy, as we don’t learn too much about the US presidents in history lessons in Europe, so it was interesting learning about his life.
The museum is actually called the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, as he was shot from the window of the 6th floor. You get a great view from up there, and can see two big white crosses on the road outside, marking the places he was shot.
Once the four of us had finished the tour of the museum, and had a look at the view from the 6th floor, we headed outside to see a bit more of the city.
We jumped on the free tram to the Bishop Arts District, a super cute and quirky neighbourhood, full of lovely boutiques and awesome murals.
We spent some time wandering the pretty tree-lined streets, popping in and out of some of the shops, and of course stopping for pictures by all of the murals!
By this point the day was running away from us, and feeling our tummies starting to rumble, we stopped off for lunch in a traditional Texan BBQ restaurant. If you’ve never seen one of these before, the barbecue is nothing like what you would expect – it’s a huge metal contraption that looked bigger than my kitchen! I found an interesting article here if you fancy reading more about how the meat is prepared.
We enjoyed our slices of brisket and ribs (which supposedly can take 15 hours or more to cook!) before calling it a day and taking an Uber back to the hotel. All in all a great day out in Dallas!