About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug. 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
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Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues
Points of Interest & Landmarks
The country’s largest urban arts district is also one of its finest. A baker’s dozen of cultural institutions beckons art lovers, fans of live performance, and folks simply looking for a pleasant place to take a stroll. Venues include the Annette Strauss Artist Square, Belo Mansion/Dallas Bar Association, Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Nasher Sculpture Center, and much more.
Nasher Sculpture Center is home to more than 300 sculptures, including works by modern talents such as Rodin, Calder, de Kooning, Matisse, Miro, and Serra. Both the airy interior and the verdant sculpture garden feature great art, and lots of folks also like to enjoy an alfresco bite at Nasher's terraced restaurant.
This quaint section of the North Oak Cliff neighborhood offers the best of big city living presented with small town charm. Bishop Arts District is chockablock with loads of galleries, dozens of independent shops, and many popular places to eat and drink.
Chef Dean Fearing’s award-winning food alone is reason enough to visit Dallas. Featuring a menu of 'elevated American cuisine' with global flair and distinctive Southwestern flavor, Fearing's Restaurant is a must-stop for any self-respecting foodie. Not up for a big meal with full service? The restaurant’s Rattlesnake Bar is a smart choice for drinks, alongside one of the most delectable bar menus you’re likely to ever come across.
Can I get a 'yee-haw?' Thank you! Now saddle up and ride on over to Wild Bill’s Western Store in the historic West End of downtown Dallas for a glimpse into the city’s cowboy past, and a chance to browse some of the best Western wear items to be found anywhere. From hats and belt buckles to handmade jewelry and custom-made boots, Wild Bill’s offers an unforgettable shopping experience full of Texan charm.
This popular museum chronicling 'the life, times, assassination and legacy of President John F Kennedy' is located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building (formerly the Texas School Book Depository), where Lee Harvey Oswald took aim and assassinated the president.
This National Historic Landmark is the site where President John F Kennedy was assassinated in November 22, 1963. The plaza (which includes the infamous grassy knoll) is a small city park that’s free to visit.
Home to the largest bronze sculpture in the world, Pioneer Plaza commemorates the the Dallas settlers and cattle market. The work of Texan artist Robert Summers, the sculpture features nearly 50 longhorn cattle and three horseback cowboys. The plaza is also home to an impressive range of native plants and trees, making it a lovely spot for an outdoor break near the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.
Visit the famous Dallas Farmer's Market for a taste of what’s seasonal and grown locally in North Texas. The market dates to the early 1900s, when vendors would sell their produce from horse-drawn wagons. Beyond the opportunity to buy from produce dealers, wholesalers, and local farmers, the market offers cooking classes, workshops, monthly yard sales, and festivals throughout the year.
This upscale shopping mall has been a hit with locals and visitors alike since it opened in the early '80s. With its ice skating rink, adjoining hotel, and glass vaulted ceiling modeled after Milan's historic Galleriea Vittoria Emanuele II, Galleria Dallas offers plenty to see beyond its collection of more than 200 stores and restaurants.
Nature lovers who like their outdoor experience with comfort and ease will love the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, where something’s always in bloom and a full calendar of events cater to a range of tastes and ages.
For high fashion and luxury shopping, pay a visit to this upscale retail wonderland. As well known for its 200-plus shops, restaurants, and department stores as it is for its award-winning architecture and unique landscaping, NorthPark Center is one of the top five most popular and commercially successful shopping centers in America.
Even glancing at the price tags at this historic shopping center might not be a recommended activity for the faint of heart or the budget-conscious. Nonetheless, a visit to Highland Park Village offers an exceptional opportunity to take a gander at fine living done with Dallas panache. And if it is upscale shopping that brings you to town, you’ll find that your dollar goes a lot farther at Highland Park than in similar destinations across the US.