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8th May 2022

Boooo!
What a terrible ending to your holiday that airline caused! Like you said, weather and flight disruptions can't be helped, but the way these things are handled can make a huge difference. I have blacklisted one of our domestic airlines for exactly this sort of bad behaviour. DFW and LAX are the two main airport hubs that connect us with the American continent, so I will have to keep your DFW weather warning in mind if our onward flights connections are tight. Thanks for taking us on your Texas road trip :)
18th May 2022

Boooo!
Thanks for reading and your comment, Ren! As I grow older, I have learned to try more to take things in my stride. However, in this case the airline's handling of this situation spoiled for me what otherwise was a fantastic trip!
8th May 2022

Re-imagining a place
Thanks for this post Sylvia. The only positive thing I knew about Waco was that it was the birthplace of Dr Pepper (I was a big fan of it when it was popular in Australia in the '90s). It's so sad when notorious incidents cast such a long shadow on a place and its people. We have a similar thing with Port Arthur in Tasmania - a penal colony where there was much evilness, but then also the place of a mass shooting which eventually changed our national gun laws. People's relationship with such places is so emotionally fraught that moving on can be hard for the people who wish to do so. It's an extremely complex and tricky situation. I'll look up the Fixer Upper program, sounds fascinating! :)
11th May 2022

Re-imagining a place
What a great comment, Ren!! A lot of people, especially younger people, may never know or remember what occurred in Waco, and that's probably a good thing in most aspects! Waco has experienced a rebirth in my mind, and I found it to be a charming town (from what I saw of it) thanks to the Gaines and the Waco city government and the people of Waco!! People can be so resilient! Thanks again, Ren!!
8th May 2022

Like a painting!
Hi Sylvia. I love the composition of this photo and its colours! Just gorgeous. My idea of Texas has been formed by how filmmakers, songwriters and authors chose to portray it, so it's nice to see it for what it actually is. I've only just logged into TB after a very long time and it's so nice to read about your road trip :)
11th May 2022

Like a painting!
Thanks for reading, Ren!! I don't think I could ever really describe Texas because it's such a large state, and it's geographically and culturally diverse, and ripe with very important American history. I guess I would just say there's something for everyone there!! The Texas Hill Country was especially beautiful and evocative! Thanks again for reading!!
14th August 2021
The Sixth Floor Museum - once the Texas School Book Depository

Texas School Book Depository
I have seen the movie JFK, I have read Jim Garrison's own story about his works on uncovering what led up to the shooting in Dallas, I have seen a documentary about the assasination and I have read the novel 11.22.63. One day I want to see the Dealy Plaza myself. That would be really cool. Thanks for writing about it and letting me know a bit more about the museum. /Ake
14th August 2021
The Sixth Floor Museum - once the Texas School Book Depository

Texas School Book Depository
Ake, thank you so much for reading my latest blog and for your nice comment. The subject of President Kennedy's assassination is something that a person could read about and study for a lifetime yet never really find a definitive answer to all the questions surrounding it. It sometimes seems to be an enigma. Your own study and consideration of it is impressive. I really do hope you are able to visit the Sixth Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza some day! Visiting them was a remarkable experience for me! Best wishes, Ake!!
19th July 2021

Fascinating read
I found all of this fascinating, but especially your visit to the Sixth Floor Museum. It sounds absolutely excellent and would be a must if I ever go to Dallas. It's a shame though that your holiday memories were soured by such a terrible journey home. Maybe you should 'name and shame' the airline? Nobody can change bad weather but they can certainly change a bad attitude, and that company and its staff clearly need to do just that!
19th July 2021

Fascinating read
Thanks so much for reading along, Sarah! It certainly was a shame that our original return flight ended up being a nightmare and ended the trip on a down note -- particularly because of the plane crew, and the airline's airport staff callousness. (Unfortunately, that's the airline I have 99% of my frequent flyer miles with too!!) However, if there is a next visit, I will not make the mistake of flying into/out of Dallas if at all possible!! I know you would love the Sixth Floor Museum, or at least I hope you would!!
18th July 2021

What a way to end a trip.
You must have been so glad to be home! We’ve had bad weather delays twice at Dallas - definitely an airport to avoid if possible!
18th July 2021

What a way to end a trip
You're so right, Lesley! I was glad to get home after that!! I never knew that the weather in Dallas was so changeable, so quickly!! Thanks so much for continuing to read my blogs. Sure hope you & Julian are doing well!!
18th July 2021

Dallas
Such a sad day for America, and the world. I have seen Oliver Stone's "JFK" film, and a documentary on the assassination. There still seem to be so many unanswered questions. I imagine a visit to the Sixth Floor Museum would have been very insightful and informative. I am sorry to hear of your flight issues going home, and the poor service encountered there - how stressful for you, and not the best end to what seems to have been an amazing trip. I'm glad the Texan wildflowers seem to stay more firmly in your memories 😊
18th July 2021

Dallas
Alex, Thanks for reading my final blog on Texas! You're so right, it was a very sad day for America. In spite of all the books, films, documentaries, reports, etc., I don't think we'll ever really know everything about the assassination and who was (really) behind it. But if you ever visit Dallas, I think you'll like the Sixth Floor Museum. We've been very lucky with nearly all our flights during traveling over the years, so I guess every once in awhile you have to expect getting one like this!
17th July 2021
Presidential Motorcade photo from the Sixth Floor Museum

Historial memories
A tragic day.
17th July 2021
Presidential Motorcade photo from the Sixth Floor Museum

Historical memories
Thanks for reading!! It certainly was a tragic day. It was surreal to walk in Dealey Plaza and the museum was excellent.
10th July 2021

Waco
Wow, thank you very much for such an interesting and informative read. I know little of Waco beyond its notoriety, and even then I know little of what happened there. Interesting to read about this, and also of Waco'sv recent upsurge of interest and tourism. I believe I've seen the "Fixer Upper" programme on HGTV, and interesting to read the region has importance in the Bonnie and Clyde story. I shall look out for the film "The Highwaymen". Thank you for an interesting and inspirational read Sylvia πŸ™‚
11th July 2021

Waco
Hi Alex, thanks for reading my Waco blog and for your nice comments as always! I guess Waco will also carry some notoriety because of its past. There was another incident, though far less serious, which happened there within the last 10 years too, but I am choosing not to write about it for certain reasons. Just suffice it to say that when I visited Waco, I did not get any "bad vibes" from the town. I hope it continues to grow in a positive way because there is a lot to be hopeful about and that's where the focus should be. If you do get to see the movie, "The Highwaymen," I hope you like it!! Thanks again, Alex!! Look forward to reading about any of your future travels, and hearing about what you are doing this summer!
6th June 2021

Americana and Nostalgia
I love everything about Americana and nostalgia, and imagine this road trip would have been highly enjoyable, evoking many memories I'm sure. Ah, this greatly inspires me for a lovely road trip or two in the future, hopefully that may become reality soon. I enjoyed reading about "Harry's on the Loop", and the impromptu cowboy boot street art! Thank you for an enjoyable and inspirational read. I'm glad you were able to get out and see more of your amazing country πŸ™‚
6th June 2021

Americana and Nostalgia
I'm so glad to hear you like Americana and nostalgia! I know not everyone appreciates Americana and sometimes I am overly nostalgic! Road trips can be so wonderful and filled with unexpected finds such as Harry's -- live music and the Texas sky on a warm summer night. I hope to do more exploring in the southwest part of our country if I'm lucky!! Thanks for your very nice comments as always!!
8th May 2021

Souvenirs
I'm so sorry to hear about your injury, and confinement at home. What a lovely blog entry though, and how wonderful that you are surrounded by so many travel memories at this tricky time. I do hope you are resting and recuperating well, and that we will all be able to travel again at some point soon. I too love to collect souvenirs as I travel. I have most of them stored away, but hope one day to fill a room with them as you have done πŸ™‚ I smiled at your comment on Moroccan sellers being completely atuned to one's facial expressions. I try to keep a poker face in souvenir shops because of that, but it's not always easy! I hope you rest well and recuperate soon Sylvia. All the best. Alex.
8th May 2021

Souvenirs
Hi Alex! Great to hear from you! Thank you so much for your nice comments! Would be great to see all your souvenirs! These photos capture only a few of mine, but to be honest I'm really limiting what I buy on any trips now -- or at least that's my goal. Hope to see your collection in your posts some day. I've been rehabilitating my own leg/knee and it's doing really well. Takes a little longer at my age, but I'm really happy with it! Take care, Alex! P.S. I will catch up with your blogs very soon!
19th April 2021

Interesting read
Thank you for writing about Waco. It was interesting to get to know a little more about that town. /Ake
19th April 2021

Interesting read
Ake, thanks so much for reading and commenting. I venture that Waco is a much different town then you might have thought. It has taken on a new character and seemed to be a very pleasant place to me though now it draws quite a lot of tourists.

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