Buffalo

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday, October 4th
 
We woke up early this morning so we could get on the road and into Buffalo to see everything we wanted.  Thanks to some suggestions from our friend Kevin (whose hometown is Buffalo) we had a plan.  Apparently Buffalo is home to a few Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings, so we planned on starting our day at The Darwin Martin House Complex.  Again, when we got within view of the building it was obvious which was FLW's design.  Fitting within the Prairie houses, with the similar low sloping, large overhanging roofs, the earth tone brick, planters, intricate glasswork in windows, and long low forms.  This is a little different from the buildings in Chicago we saw, mainly because it was a whole complex.  It had consisted of 5 buildings when it was built, connected with breezeways and enclosed walks.  It is now 3 buildings, as 2 were demolished over time.  Our timing was unfortunate though, because we were not able to take a tour, as the house was closed on Tuesdays.  We were able to walk around the outside of the house and get some pictures of the buildings.  In addition to the built structures, the landscape design for the grounds is highly integrated with the composition of the buildings.  It was rather beautiful, as today was finally a sunny day.
 
From Frank's house, we drove over toward Buffalo State College, where there are a couple art museums.  Kevin said "In my mind a trip to buffalo would not be complete without visiting the Albright Knox. Its a world class art gallery with an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art (the weird shit you scratch your head at)."  So we made this our next stop.  Kevin said it pretty well. It was a very impressive collection, containing works from Picasso, Monet, Pollock, Calder, Dali, and Warhol to name a few.  The gallery also featured the "videosphere," which is 26 works from 24 artists of "new media."  After taking our time through the gallerias we had seen it all, so we headed back out to the RV.  

Our next stop was the Guaranty Building, a Louis Sullivan building.  We really just did a drive by, but it was an elegant looking building.  We had enough time to get a picture of the entrance. But we were hungry so to the home of Buffalo Wings we go!!!  
 
The Anchor Bar, home of the buffalo wing.  Supposedly the inventor of the wing.  (footnote to the trip:  Kevin's family used to be involved with bottling the sauce for anchor bar, therefore throughout college Kevin provided my roommates and I with an almost unlimited supply of wing sauce)  Because of Kevin, we did know how good the sauce is, and were excited for some wings for lunch.  We just took it easy and got medium spiced wings, which have a good bite, but aren't overwhelmingly hot.  We made sure to pick up a bottle or two for the road.  After a great lunch of wings and beer, we headed to Canada.

 We were both a little nervous about crossing, since we had issues before.  But we don't have any guns on board this time, so we knew we'd get across.  Not only did we get across, it was quick and easy.  They didn't make use pull over and take everything out of storage or anything. It was a much quicker process this time.  So, YEAH Canada let us in finally. 


  
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