Friday, July 13, 2018


From Virginia we traveled to western Maryland.  We stayed in the historic town of Cumberland, Maryland and then headed to southwestern Pennsylvania to see the Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater.  Construction of Fallingwater finalized in 1938.  The home was originally owned by the Kaufman family and in 1963 was donated to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. 

Given the home's popularity, advanced reservations are recommended.  Photography is not permitted within the home.  The interior tour was interesting.   Our guide provided a great deal of information concerning the Kaufman family's relationship with Wright and the home's construction.   Wright designed almost all the furniture and most of the furniture is built-in.  The hallways are very narrow.  The main floor is open concept and the bedrooms are quite small.  The interior includes nearly all of the original artwork and tchotchkas which are quite varied.  The Kaufmans were certainly well-traveled and eclectic collectors.  The exterior paint colour was chosen based on the back side of a rhodo leaf. Rhododendrons flourish in this environment.  

The tour of the interior runs approximately one hour.  There are also trails to be explored so you would want to leave at least two hours for your visit.  The setting is beautiful. 
From Fallingwater we headed north to visit my husband's family north east of Pittsburgh. It the perfect way to end our vacation before returning home to Toronto. We traveled approximately 3200 kilometers on this trip.  These posts provide a tiny snap shot of what we saw along the way.  As an audio book for the longer car rides, Eric and I listened to Les Miserables.  It is hard to believe that this was the 34 chapter "condensed" version from Audible. It is hard to believe that we still have about  6 chapters left!

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