Two countries, three states

Trip Start Oct 08, 2013
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Trip End Nov 18, 2013


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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

We headed towards the US/Canadian border with some trepidation. We had heard some horror stories about how slow it was to get across and as we turned the corner,,,,we saw the line up across the bridge. It did not look good. At least Gabe got some good photos from the bridge!

It ended up not being too bad and we were through to Buffalo, New York without too many questions and in less than 30 minutes.

In Buffalo, we visited the Darwin D Martin House, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Remember the Guggenheim in New York City? Well, he was the architect for same. FLW's houses are national treasures so we we wanted to visit some on our trip. I remember Gabe studying this architect and his works back in our uni days and the chance to see these places in 'real life' even if only from the outside, was too good an opportunity to miss.

We drove into the suburb and you couldn't miss the house. The grounds were immmaculate and the neighbourhood unassuming. Piles and piles of autumn leaves were every where, some in huge plastic bags....It reminded me why people hate fall. All that sweeping!

Anyway, the house really stood out in the street, as even though it was desiged in 1904, it looks much more modern than that. With its strong lines, brick and concrete work, and other design elements, it was and still is, different and besides, it is made up of a few different buildings so it is a BIG place. It was nice but didn't impress me as much as the next house that we visited. I actuall liked some of the other houses in the neighbourhood as they were less pretensious.

After that, we head off to cross over into the state of Pennsylvania and stop at Erie. We look for the old Warner Theatre, that was commissioned by Warner Bros. This is an old style art deco movie theatre built in 1931. It has been renvoated and is still in use. As it was lunch time, and we had to pay for street parking, we walked into a little cafe next door to the theatre. You guessed it, another cafe story!

Will keep it short. Another character, Cory, who kept us entertained for most of lunch. He even put in another quarter to make sure we were able to finish our lunch and continue talking without the risk of getting fined.

Eventually, we get away and started the drive to go across to the state of Ohio. Why? Just because we could! It wasn't a big detour and what a lovely drive as we drove southwards, parallel to the state border with Pennsylvania. It was surprising as well as we seemed to have stumbled onto Amish country...about 2 days ahead of schedule!

Did you know that Ohio is actually the leading state for Amish population, ahead of Pennsylvania? The Amish that we saw have started to settle in the area above Andover since 1992. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. Remember that Harrison Ford movie, Witness? Thats them. They migrated from Switzerland in the 18th century to Pennsylvania. The traditional Amish speak Pennsylvania German, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch...mispronounciation of deutsche.

We saw a few carriages on the road and noticed a few in their distinguisable clothes working in their yards.

We crossed over into Pennsylvania again later in the evening and settled into the Motel 6 in Mars....yes Mars. Its just outside of Pittsburgh. The unplanned detours have been great and we planned to try and do more.
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