Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Airports with great artwork

On the road but no time to visit the art museum? Don’t fret: along with fine dining, boutique shopping and full-service spas, top-notch art collections are now permanent amenities at many airport terminals.

For a slide-show on MSN.com, I pulled together examples of some of the fun stuff you’ll find in 15 airports in North America.

You can see the full slide show by visiting the story on MSN.com Travel: Airports with the Best Artwork,  but here’s a preview:

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Artwork, some of it Texas-sized, by more than 30 local, national and internationally known artists dots DFW: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Terminal D and the Skylink train stations. Look down to see elaborate medallions in the terrazzo floors, look up to see giant murals and mobiles and look straight ahead to see unusual sculptures such as Anitra Blayton’s 16-foot tall “Standing Ovation,” (above) made from the casts of hundreds of pairs of hands.

At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) the flying corncob on Concourse E is Craig Nutt’s work: “Corncorde,”

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And at Sacramento International Airport (SMF) the big attraction is the supersized “Samson,” a sculpture in the Terminal A baggage-claim area made of two 23-foot tall towers of stacked luggage made of 1,400 pieces of cast-offs donated by area residents.

Sacramento - SamsonTo see more fun airport art, see the full-length slide show on MSN.com travel: Airport with the Best Artwork.

If I missed some great airport that you especially like, please let me know!

Fiesta-time at DFW

Hola!

It’s fiesta-time at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) this month  in preparation for May 1st, when American Airlines begins non-stop service from DFW to Madrid.

Last week, passengers in Terminal D got to nibble on free tapas.  For the next few weeks, the party will feature Spanish dancers, musicians and entertainers performing in Terminal D every Thursday and Friday.

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Photo: Micheline Gaudin and her husband, Rod Myers of Dallas enjoy complimentary tapas last week at DFW. Photo courtesy of Sarah McDaniel, DFW International Airport

Fry-free food at DFW

Good to know: at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport the new healthy food outlets, UFood Grill and Urban Taco, are fry-free (except for the chips at Urban Taco).

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And, according to their Web site, the DFW  Cereality Cereal Bar and Café is the company’s only cereal bar not co-located with a Cold Stone Creamery.

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Cereal and ice-cream?  I hadn’t thought about that, but now that you mention it…sounds great.

Customer Appreciation Week at DFW

If you’re at Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport (DFW) this week, don’t be too alarmed if an airport employee comes up to you and shakes your hand.

It’s all part of customer appreciation week at the airport and to celebrate they’ll be handing out discounted coupons for parking (the valet parking coupon also offers food and retail discounts inside the terminals), and talking up some new food outlets, including:

In Terminal C: a new Urban Taco restaurant, a Blimpie sandwich shop,  and the Cereality Cereal Bar and Café with, yes, a wide variety of cereals and other foods you can eat for breakfast – or all day.

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In Terminal B (Gate 8), there’s also a new U Food Grill, a popular healthy food option with globally-influenced menu items.

Yum!

Will Santa get stuck at the airport?

It’s been a bad week for air travel and I’m sure everyone who’s been very, very good this year is worried that Santa will get stuck at the airport along with all those other folks who’s flights have been canceled.

Your friends and family may not be able to get a flight in time for Christmas, but Santa should be OK.  At least that’s the message the folks at NORAD and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport are putting out there.

NORAD says today is your last chance to send an email to Santa because Santa and the elves will be too busy tomorrow packing for their big Christmas eve trip.  The DFW Santa Tracker is offering some entertaining fun ‘n games and links to seasonal sites offering recipes, more games, music and other activities.

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