Lost in Dallas Texas Part 3 Pioneer Plaza

Lost in Dallas Texas Part 3 Pioneer Plaza

One of my favourite finds on my walk in Dallas Texas was the sculpture tribute to the 19th Century cattle drives along the Shawnee Trail in Pioneer Plaza.

Dallas Texas, Pioneer Plaza, Shawnee Trail Cattle Drive Sculpture, Cattle Drive Sculpture, Robert Summers

In total there are over 49 steers, and 3 trail riders all sculpted in bronze by Robert Summers. Each steer is approximately 6 ft in height, which apparently makes them 130% larger than the real thing making it, from a weight perspective, the largest bronze monument in the world. The 4 acre (16,000 m2) sculpture was started in November 1992 and finished, on time, late 1994 at a cost of around USD9 million.

The attention to detail is amazing and I can see why it is considered the second most popular tourist spot in downtown Dallas Texas. Read more

Lost in Dallas Texas Part 2

Lost in Dallas Texas Part 2

Next up on my exploration of Dallas Texas was Pioneer Park Cemetery, where I came across a Confederate War Memorial, more on that later, and the following tablet donated by the High Noon Club of Dallas

Dallas Texas, Pioneer Park Cemetery

“Our Brethren of ‘76

To the memory of those Masons who provided much of the inspiration, determination and leadership for the American revolution that brought independence to the Colonists and established a free Nation under God in America, the High Noon Club of Dallas dedicates this tablet.

May 31, 1976″

In addition to the remains of some of Dallas’ earliest founders and 4 of Dallas’ Mayors the Pioneer Park Cemetery is also home to at least one squirrel.

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Lost in Dallas Texas Part 1

Lost in Dallas Texas Part 1

During my visit to Dallas Texas I explored the Dallas CBD and its surrounds. It was a great day for exploring, blue skies and a comfortable 20 C (68 F), a bit bright for photography though.

One of my first stops was the Dallas City Hall, interesting design, notice the shape of the building is a map of “Texas”. Read more

Fet’s Whisky Kitchen Vancouver

Fet’s Whisky Kitchen Vancouver

Whilst in Vancouver I my hosts, Lou and Ken, decided it was time to check out their friends’ bar, Fet’s Whisky Kitchen. I am glad that they did as if you like a wee dram or six, Fet’s is the place to visit. They have been in business for around 30 years and, as per their website, they LOVE Whisky and even cook with it!

Vancouver, Fet's Whisky Kitchen

As we visited Fet’s after dining at the Blue Water Cafe we were already full, but there is always room for a Whisky!

Vancouver, Fet's Whisky Kitchen

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2017 ANZAC Day Dawn Service Singapore

2017 ANZAC Day Dawn Service Singapore

Another year has flown by and it was time again to commemorate another ANZAC Day. I was in Singapore so attended the Dawn Service at the Kranji War Memorial. As usual I was fairly somber, but being able to attend the Dawn Service here in Singapore helps!

This year’s event was managed by the Kiwis, they did a great job (can’t believe I typed that, joking my friends from the South Eastern Australian Islands). This included an Honor Guard of Royal New Zealand Navy and Royal Australian Navy Sailors.

ANZAC Day, 2017 ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Kranji War Memorial, Singapore

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Random Vancouver Photos

Random Vancouver Photos

Whilst in Vancouver I took a LOT of photos, these are a collection of some of them.

Trans Am Totem

Whilst on the way to the Blue Water Cafe we drove past this interesting sculpture. The Trans Am Totem was created by sculptor Marcus Bowcott and was unveiled in April 2015. It stands 10 m / 33 ft tall and weighs 11,340 kg / 25,000 lb.

Trans Am Totem, Vancouver

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

The vehicles include a 700 series BMW, a Honda Civic, a Volkswagen Golf Mk1 Cabriolet, with a 1981 Pontiac Trans Am on the top, they were all donated by a local scrap dealer. Solar power has been used to charge the batteries that power the head and tail lights of the cars. The base is an old-growth cedar tree from Vancouver Island. I like it! Read more

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