Sunday, December 2, 2018

Texas | Fort Worth City Guide

The Texas chronicles continue! The last leg of our trip took place in Fort Worth and Dallas. Temperatures dropped dramatically as we drove North (I'm not exaggerating... from 28 to 3 degrees Celsius in one night), but that didn't spoil the fun. We had one day in Fort Worth and one in Dallas, in which we managed to cram an impressive number of museum visits (5 to be precise), Tex-Mex meals and a bit of shopping. Let me show you the best spots you should remember when visiting Forth Worth.

At the end of my last post, we had just left Marfa. The drive from Marfa to Fort Worth is about 7 hours, so after our visit to the Judd Studios, we spent most of our day car-bound. We stopped a few times in little towns, to refuel & refresh (with icecream). By night time, we reached Fort Worth where we stayed in a not-so-noteworthy Holiday Inn. Hey, it can't always be hippie-chic hotels and glamping

The next morning we were ready and refuelled for a new day of exploring Texas! 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Mordern (as people like to call this museum) was our first stop. Although the museum has been around for a while, it moved to a new building in 2002. The new building was designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, which is immediately noticeable as you enter, thanks to his signature use of concrete. This museum has one of the most important modern art collections in the U.S. If you like artists such as Warhol, Basquiat, Judd, Picasso, Serra, Pollock and Richter, this is the place to go to.
3200 Darnell St, Fort Worth, TX 76107

The Modern also has a nice restaurant called Café Modern. The staff if extremely nice and they serve your drinks with truffle popcorn, love!! 

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Next up with the Amon Carter Museum! The collection here is mainly focused on American art from the nineteeth/twentieth century. There's a big focus on Western art. The museum also commissioned Dallas based artist Gabriel Dawe to create a huge artwork in the atrium. For this, he used more than 120 kilometers of coloured thread, and strung them in a way that it looks like technicolour rainbows. I believe this installation will be there until September 2019. 

For me the best thing was actually the building itself, which was designed by Philip C. Johnson. Since the building is located on top a hill, it was a pretty cool panoramic view of downtown Fort Worth.
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Taco Heads
One thing we couldn't get enough of in Texas was the delicious Tex-Mex food. So when this place was recommended to us, we naturally didn't think twice before going. Tacos? Yes! Taco Heads started as a food truck, as most good fast-casual restaurants do. In 2016 the owner opened her first restaurant and now there's one in Dallas too! 

We ordered up a feast of tacos, quesadillas, chips & queso and elotes. Everything was super fresh, flavorful and all the hot sauces homemade! I also love the fact that everything looked super colourful. It definitely wasn't the lightest Mexican meal I've had (cheese overload mmmm), but it was one of the best ones we had on this trip. 
1812 Montgomery St, Fort Worth, TX 76107

If only I could have this right now, this is torture!

Kimbell Art Museum

This museum was founded by Kay and Velma Kimbell in 1936. The collection is based on their private collection, which contains some remarkable works by Bellini, Michelangelo (his first known painting and the only Michelangelo in the U.S.), Monet, Picasso, El Greco, Rubens, Mondrian and Cézanne. It always surprises and amazes me to see works by big European artists so far from their home. To me it shows that appreciation for beautiful things knows no boundaries. 

Again, the museum building is very interesting. Architect Louis I. Kahn made sure plenty of natural light enters the buildings, giving the museum spaces a very airy look and feel. For the "new" part, the Kimbell comissioned Renzo Piano, who also designed the Menil Collection buildings in Texas. 
> 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107

In my next post I'll tell you about what we saw and did in Dallas, at last the final part of my Texas guides. Click here if you want to find out more about Houston, Austin and Marfa! 

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