Last summer we toured the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas. The hotel was built by Adolphus Busch, a German immigrant, of the Anheuser-Busch Company (think beer). In 1912 it was the tallest building in Texas. It's a lovely, grand hotel that serves afternoon tea on the weekends.
They set up the tables in the hotel's lobby for the tea service. Needless to say, the ambiance it wonderful!
So, this time I made sure we made reservations for the tea. It was a lovely afternoon.
My husband, Fouad, and son, Andrew, of course joined me. They acted like they enjoyed the experience.
The hotel has an exquisite room called The French Room. They serve a special dinner there during specific days of the week. The decor is unbelievable with chandeliers and hand painted ceilings.
This photo is really poor since the room was closed off to visitors while I was there. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visited the Adolphus back in 1991 on one of their visits to the US.
This is a picture of that visit with their signatures at the bottom. There's also a large cabinet display with vintage photos and memorabilia. Here's a photo of the Queen from that display:
On Monday we ventured west of Ft. Worth to an area called Possum Kingdom Lake. My son is building some homes on the lake and the scenery is quite natural and pretty. Along the way we found this awesome Texas Longhorn grazing.
Last summer while we were in Texas we stayed at a resort and got to go out each morning and feed the longhorns. They are quite gentle animals and a must to see if you ever have the chance.
The weather this time was great in Ft. Worth. Last summer it was in the 90's (day and night) - too hot for me! Anyway, we visited Ft. Worth Botanic Garden. It's a large preserve right near the heart of the city.
I think if we would have been a couple of weeks later, we would have seen all the beautiful spring flowers in bloom.
On Wednesday we visited the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing. (The place that prints 65% of all US currency). Years ago, I visited the facility in Washington, DC. In 1991 they opened the Ft. Worth facility. It's huge, like 800,000 square feet. Due to security, I was unable to take any photos. The tour is free and if you are ever in the area, I highly recommend this tour. You walk along a raised, glassed in walkway, above the facility. So, you can look down and see the money being printed. We had the pleasure to meet one of the official engravers who has worked for the BEP since 1967. It was a fun tour.
That's about all I have to share in regard to the big state of Texas. While I was there, I finished this knitted, rolled brim baby hat from my Planet Penny yarn. I now have to knit the booties to match.
Which reminds me, don't forget to visit Handmade Harbour. There are so many great ideas and wonderful blogs that you will want to subscribe to.
I wish each of you a wonderful week and remember, I would love to hear from you if you have the time.