Pittsburgh

 I just won a contest from our local library, and when I picked up my gift basket it was filled with a variety of books. I instantly thought of writing this blog post when I read the title on this one. My husband and I took a road trip 8 years ago before we became parents, and it is one of my favourite holidays to date.

I haven't read it yet, I'm excited see what other destinations I can add to my bucket list. Falling Water is not included but I think it is a must see!

I haven't read it yet, I'm excited see what other destinations I can add to my bucket list. Falling Water is not included but I think it is a must see!

When my husband and I told our friends and co-workers we were planning on driving to Pittsburgh for a holiday, everyone asked if we were visiting family. The main highlight of the trip was to see Frank Lloyd Wright's "Falling Water" but we also wanted to see another smaller residential home he designed named "Kentuck Knob". We both love architecture and design & were excited to see these landmarks in real life. Books are great but you cannot imagine what it is really like to step onto the grounds at Falling Water & see the structure and how it was built amongst its natural environment. Our photos are not professional; but they show you some of our favourite elements.

This view is like nothing you will ever see

This view is like nothing you will ever see

The tour of the home was quite informative, there were a lot of built in pieces of furniture in the space I do remember that.

The tour of the home was quite informative, there were a lot of built in pieces of furniture in the space I do remember that.

This staircase leads to the water...a swim perhaps?

This staircase leads to the water...a swim perhaps?

The home was built around the waterfall, I can't even imagine living here it is so stunning!

The home was built around the waterfall, I can't even imagine living here it is so stunning!

This gives you a better perspective of how the design was integrated into nature.

This gives you a better perspective of how the design was integrated into nature.

This is "Kentuck Knob" another one of Wright's designs, complete with a sculpture garden on the grounds.

This is "Kentuck Knob" another one of Wright's designs, complete with a sculpture garden on the grounds.

Attention to detail is all I have to say...amazing!

Attention to detail is all I have to say...amazing!

The windows open to the pond & wonderful patio filled with sculptures.

The windows open to the pond & wonderful patio filled with sculptures.

This is me on the grounds. Doesn't this just make you want to run in a field & sing like Julie Andrews?

This is me on the grounds. Doesn't this just make you want to run in a field & sing like Julie Andrews?

I think we took 20 photos of this from every angle possible. I chose just one...you're welcome.

I think we took 20 photos of this from every angle possible. I chose just one...you're welcome.

This is a section of the Berlin Wall, it was amazing in person!

This is a section of the Berlin Wall, it was amazing in person!

I LOVE this photo & had it blown up a few years ago. It hangs on the gallery wall in our living room.

I LOVE this photo & had it blown up a few years ago. It hangs on the gallery wall in our living room.

I love street art & graffiti, these colours make me very happy!

I love street art & graffiti, these colours make me very happy!

One of Pittsburgh's famous yellow bridges

One of Pittsburgh's famous yellow bridges

My husband also enjoys walking around museums and galleries... lucky me! This place was great & needs to be on your to do list. It took me a long time to chose a print but I'm happy I didn't leave empty handed. I love colour & Warhol does it so well.

My husband also enjoys walking around museums and galleries... lucky me! This place was great & needs to be on your to do list. It took me a long time to chose a print but I'm happy I didn't leave empty handed. I love colour & Warhol does it so well.

 As we were driving through the country side to go to the "famous houses" we passed by an ice cream shop & I made my husband take my photo under the rainbow. Not sure if I was channeling my inner love for Rainbow Brite, but it makes me happy every time I see it.

 As we were driving through the country side to go to the "famous houses" we passed by an ice cream shop & I made my husband take my photo under the rainbow. Not sure if I was channeling my inner love for Rainbow Brite, but it makes me happy every time I see it.

I'm sure Pittsburgh has more to see and do since we last visited. Do yourself a favour & consider it while planning your next vacation. We also visited the Zoo which would be a great place to take our kids if we ever go back. We have hundreds of cute animal photos, I tried to stick to design & architecture. One of the best things about a road trip is finding new inspiration and looking at your surroundings with a new perspective. Relax & take it all in. Photos are a great way to help document and highlight your favourite parts.