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Oregon: Silverton – The Gordon House; Frank Lloyd Wright

July 14, 2022 8:02am
The Gordon House is located just outside the Oregon Garden, close to the small town of Silverton, Oregon, about 42 miles south of Portland. It is the only building designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the State of Oregon. It is an example of Wright's Usonian vision for America. It is one of the last of the Usonian series that Wright designed as affordable housing for American working class consumers.

New York: Central Park

March 24, 2022 11:21am
New York City's Central Park is familiar to many people, even if they have never been to the City. It has been the location for many TV series and movies. To the locals, it is an escape away from the concrete and noise of Manhattan and to visitors, its lakes, bridges and hidden paths are a welcome change. We have been to Central Park on several occassions and have got to know it quite well, but on every visit we find something new to explore.

New York: The High Line

March 22, 2022 8:00am
From 1934 to 1980 an elevated rail line, now called the High Line, connecting the rail yards of mid-town Manhattan to an industrial district along the lower West Side of Manhattan. Constructed 30 feet above the ground, it avoided dangerous street crossings and routed between 10th and 11th streets in its more northern sections the railway avoided association with the unpopular elevated sections of New York's subway system. Completed in September 2014, the third and final section loops around the Hudson Yards located between West 30th and West 34th Streets. The aerial greenway now measures 1.45 miles

New York: 9/11 Memorial & Museum

March 17, 2022 8:30am
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum lay in the footprint of the twin towers of the World Trade Center that was attacked by terrorists deliberately flying aircraft into these buildings on September 11, 2001. Two additional aircraft were hijacked, one crashing into the Pentagon and the second brought down in a field by the brave efforts of the passengers on board. In total, nearly 3000 people lost their lives. The memorial and museum provide a place to contemplate and document what happened on that tragic day in 2001.

New York: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

March 11, 2022 12:48pm
The New York Museum of Art was established in 1929 with an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing. Today, the collection has grown to approximately 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, media and performance artworks; including works from the greatest contemporary artists, including Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Dalí, Warhol, Hockney and Pollock to name but a few.

New York: Lyndhurst

March 8, 2022 8:30am
Lyndhurst Mansion sits on the Hudon River in Tarrytown just north of New York City. Set in stunning grounds it is one of the best examples of Gothic revival architecture in the United States. You can take tours of the mansion and its garden through most of the year and it is particularly beautiful dressed in seasonal decorations around the holiday period. It has always been one of our favourite historic houses to visit along the Hudson Valley.

Massachussetts: 10 Great Things to do in Boston

February 15, 2022 8:00am
Boston is an interesting city with a rich culture and a fascinating history. It was the seat of the events that ultimately led to the Revolutionary War and the independence of the United State of America. Walking along the 2.5 mile 'Freedom Trail' will take you through the oldest, and prettiest parts of the city and see some of the key sites associated with the uprising against the British. As well as being steeped in history, Boston has several museums of national significance and cultural iconic places to visit, such as Fenway Park and the Samuel Adams Brewery. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this great city.

Massachussetts: The Freedom Trail

February 10, 2022 8:00am
Boston's Freedom Trail takes you on a 2.5 -mile journey through the streets of the city past 16 notable historical sites with a close connection to the events leading up to the start of the Revolutionary War. It is an easy walk, apart from spending hours trudging on concrete, and a prominent red line has been laid down along the whole route so it is a challenge to get lost. Many of the sites can be entered (for a fee) so you could easily spend a day if you wanted to exploring all this trail has to offer.

Massachussetts: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

February 8, 2022 8:00am
Isabella Stewart Gardner was a Boston socialite who loved to travel and collect art. When her husband died she threw herself into building the museum they planned together on the fens on Boston. Her love of Italian design resulted in a Venetian style palace being constructed that would house the extensive art collection that she would spend several decades building up. Today, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a unique art collection in a stunning setting. We loved our visit here and I would love to go again in the future and spend more time exploring.

Massachussetts: Boston Tea Party Museum

February 3, 2022 8:00am
In December 1773 a group of men dressed as Native Americans boarded some ships moored in the harbour of Boston, Massachusetts and proceeded to through bundles of tea over the side and into the water. This would become known as the Boston Tea Party and was one of the first actions that ultimately led to the Revolutionary War and the formation of the United States of America. Today, there is an interactive Museum in Boston where you get to learn more about the events surrounding the tea museum - it is a lot of fun for adults and kids alike.
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