Its just a summer holiday place

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
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Trip End Dec 15, 2011


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Made our way towards Falling Water today. Set off promptly, and they only open at 10am, so we had to lose a hour along the way. Stopped at a place called Ohiopyle, where the river is right next to the town, with a waterfall. The name is Indian, and means the water that makes the surface white, or something like that anyway. Very pleasant just walking along, looking at the river.
Met Mike and Dori, chatted to them for a while about things in general, then went on to FW where they were also on our guided trip.
Falling Water is the holiday home that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the Kaufmanns back in the 1930's. The main thing about it is that its built of cantilevered concrete slabs over a waterfall. Its not a big waterfall, but very in keeping with the house. Unfortunately we werent allowed to take pictures during the tour, so you lot loose out, but we saw lots. The son, who donated the house to the Conservancy which now looks afetr it, insisted that the house remain as it was when it was lived in, so all the furniture and books etc are what was there originally. Not like a lot of old houses in Europe where the furniture has been swopped from castle to castle. But FLW was a bit of a control freak, so most of the furniture was built in, so it cant even be moved in the house, let alone from house to house!
Very enjoyable. But I was too embarrassed to admit that most of  what I know about FLW comes from the Simon & Garfunkel song - 1970's

Took a wrong turn, so we ended up doing 3 sides of a square which put our schedule back. Stopped off somewhere for lunch, had a pizza, but it was very salty, so didnt enjoy it that much. I dont think Martin was that impressed with his either, so we wont go back there again!
Drove on to find the Lincoln Motor Court, which is an original place where motorists used to stay in the  30's when they were driving the Lincoln Highway. It appears to be mainly small businesses, and if it still does take people in to stay, they were closed for the season. As so many places are now.
Carried on late as we had decided to get to Gettysburg. So it was dark by the time we got in. Not a good idea as the indicators dont work, and the headlights point in odd directions, but we're safe here.
Mileage 213

Martin's motel moment:
The FLW house is so famous that it is possible to overlook the fact that he was able to design and build such an edifice in such a beautiful,natural place.Yes it would be an architectural achievement even if built on a school playing field and of course it fulfills its objective of bringing the outside in and the inside out,but I cannot think of a modern European structure that imposes itself so blatantly on a natural phenomenon.Grand Designs it isn't.
I can think of two people in my life who  have pointed me in Frank's direction.
And the Americana motel? very evocative if we could close our ears to the relentless traffic and disappointing because it looks so tired,but then so were we.Still part of my plan had been to see the Lincoln Highway and we've seen a lot of it today.
I know very little about American artists (or any others for that matter) but one of the few that I can recall is Edward Hopper and I think a few of his works are exhibited in NY .I'll see if I can persuade Roger to take it in

"Soup or salad?"
"I'll have the salad"
"Green,Greek or Caesar?"
"Green please"
"Would you like dressing?"
"Yes please"
"Blue cheese,1000 islands,honey mustard,Italian,French or ranch"
"Italian please"
"Sir - are you still with us?"

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Alison on

Its comforting to see that the menu hasn`t changed in the last twenty years. Glad to see there`s still a spark Martin.New York here we come!

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