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My Trip to Fallingwater
In the summer, a few years ago, my aunt and uncle took me and my parents to see Fallingwater. It is an experience that I will never forget. Since driving to Fallingwater takes many hours we dedicated two whole days to the trip. On the first day we went to see the famous city of Bethlehem, located in Pennsylvania. Then we stopped to have some fun at the nearby casino, after which we headed to our motel.
Our drive to the motel was quite an adventure and one that I will never forget. We were driving there in the evening and the weather was fine but then all of a sudden things changed. It started raining very hard, the thunder began to roar, and flashes of lightning covered the sky. It was very hard to see and I was praying that nothing would happen to us on the way to the motel. The weather was that brutal.
The highway we drove on (somewhere in Pennsylvania) had three long tunnels going through it and it was amazing how we would leave the rain and thunder behind when ducking into each tunnel and then it would all return once we exited back out onto the highway road.
I was on the edge of my seat the whole ride to the motel. When we finally got to our destination for the night I gave a sigh of relief. We had made it safely to our destination. We went to get some food and then got together in my motel room to have supper and watch the women's gymnastics Olympics qualifying round. It was also my dad's birthday so we made a few toasts to him. Then we headed off to bed as we had to get up early the next day to head to Fallingwater - our main destination.
We went there in the morning and spend a few hours sightseeing, after which we headed on home. The weather behaved itself this time and the trip wasn't stressful for me at all.
What is Fallingwater?
Fallingwater is a house that was built for the Kaufmann family by a famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This house - which was meant to be a summer home for the family - is considered to be one of the best architectural creations of the 20th century and is Wright's finest work.
Millions of people come from all over the country (and maybe even the world) to see this architectural masterpiece. And that is not surprising in the least.
Fallingwater is built on a waterfall and is in perfect harmony with nature as it's surrounded by it on all its sides. Lush greenery, rich trees, and beautiful flowers grace the surroundings of Fallingwater and its territory.
Even inside the house you can feel the presence of nature as it's incorporated in the interior design of the house. And the view from the house is breathtaking.
Imagine waking up in the morning and looking out the window... You are surrounded by trees stretching far and wide, the skies are a clear blue, the birds are chirping away beautiful melodies, you see a waterfall down below and its sound along with the gentle breeze blowing through the open window soothes you all over. It is nature paradise, nature heaven. I am sure that is what the Kaufmanns experienced every morning, and even throughout the day.
I love nature and wish I could experience all this every morning that I wake up, every night before I head to bed, and every time I look out the window or head out the door. That would be a dream come true.
Pictures of Fallingwater
Below you will find some pictures that I took while visiting Fallingwater.
I really wanted to take some pictures from inside the house so I could capture its interior but sadly photography inside the home was not allowed. You will have to visit Fallingwater yourself to see what wonders lie inside. So the next time you are thinking of having a sightseeing adventure consider going to Fallingwater. I am glad that my aunt and uncle took us there. It was an experience I will never forget.
Location of Fallingwater
Fallingwater is located in the Laurel Highlands of southwest Pennsylvania, on PA Route 381, between the Mill Run and Ohiopyle villages. It is only ninety minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Since millions of people visit Fallingwater you should purchase your tickets before heading out to this magnificent place. That is what my uncle did. This will ensure that you will be able to come and see the house and its surrounding territory and that the place actually will be open for visiting.
More About Fallingwater
You can find out more about Fallingwater, how to get there, and how to purchase tickets by visiting their website - fallingwater.org.
© 2012 Lena Kovadlo