Jewish Journal

The Shiksa in Fort Worth, Texas!

by Joy Bennett

August 10, 2013 | 6:04 am

Photo courtesy robgreebon.photoshelter.com

This weekend I'm visiting the lovely and culturally diverse city of Fort Worth, Texas.  Our daughter is attending college here this fall, and it's my first extended stay in the area.  For the size of the town (population just under one million), Forth Worth boasts a number of cultural and recreational attractions, and the huge city of Dallas, Texas is also an easy 40  minute drive to the east, just zip down Highway 30.

Yesterday, we toured the impressive and well-equipped Texas Christian University, a tiny  private college with big athletic and academic facilities.  This university has a small but quite beautiful campus, with friendly staff, impressive facilities, even the food at the orientation was delicious.   For more information about Texas Christian University, visit tcu.edu.

The rest of the weekend has been spent enjoying all the wonderful things Fort Worth has to offer.  One of the top five zoos in the nation, the Fort Worth Zoo, is a few minutes from downtown on the west side of the city, where many of the other cultural and artistic attractions are located.  They also have the remarkable Kimbell Art Museum, one of the finest art museums in the Southwest.  Fort Worth also is home to a number of other museums, musical venues, shopping, sightseeing, and you can even catch a rodeo.  If you like BBQ, there are a number of fine restaurants that feature this type of food, but they also have a number of other delicious restaurants in the area, too.

Fort Worth's people are generally friendly and welcoming, and one could do worse than spend a few days here, enjoying the cowboy culture, shopping, artistic offerings, and beautiful surroundings.  One warning, it does get quite warm here in the summer, so bring your lightweight summer clothes and be prepared to schedule some time indoors with air conditioning.  I did enjoy the hotel pool several times though, which is wonderful on a hot summer day.

Fort Worth is a quick three hour flight from Los Angeles, and traffic and parking is generally much easier to handle here than the more crowded conditions in Los Angeles.  For more information about Fort Worth, visit fortworth.com, and if you do visit, I hope you enjoy your stay as much as I did!

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Joy Bennett lives in Santa Monica, California and is the author of Under a Quarter Moon, a poetry and short story collection; and a novel called Cruise.  She has also been...

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