Wednesday, May 22, 2024

05/22/24 - TODAY - THE NOMAD ARCHITECT IS TAKING A BREAK - LET'S JUST LAUGH!

I SEARCHED YOUTUBE NORTH, EAST, SOUTH & WEST TO MAKE THIS POST - FUNNY STUFF!

To give my legions of fans a break from my erudite offerings and opinions on where to go, where to sleep, and where to eat (LOL), I thought I would share some funny, often hilarious takes and scenes on travel. 

Here Goes!

1 - One of the most popular comics performing today - Jim Gaffigan on Disney and other thoughts on travel!

2 - The crankiest comedian in America - his take on traveling in Canada!

3 - A comic that really understands - K-von - Air Travel isn't what it used to be!

4 - Another comic that tells the truth we all know - Kevin Bozeman on Air Tavel!

5 - Something we can all relate to - a classic scene from Seinfeld!

6 - Traveling with five kids - Jim Gaffigan!

7- A scene from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - he's not happy and needs a taxi!

Always remember my Fellow Vagabonds - Travel will always bring things into your world on the road, on the train, on the boat, or in the air that are funny!

D.L.Stafford

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Today's tune is from one of the most unique Texas Troubadours to ever write and perform great music. Someone once said - "Texas is like a whole other country". We've been to Texas numerous times, and that statement is the perfect description of the second-largest state in America. Here's a song about travel and Texas by one of the greats - LYLE LOVETTE & HIS LARGE BAND performing THAT'S RIGHT YOU'RE NOT FROM TEXAS.





Wednesday, May 15, 2024

5-15 -24 IF YOU ARE EVER IN BARTLESVILE - THIS IS THE PLACE TO STAY

                        
Today is a quick invite to all 
lovers of travel to see the only skyscraper designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. The building is located in the old oil town of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, a quick 45 minutes from Tulsa International Airport. We only stayed two nights to enjoy this unique place - there's not a lot to do in Bartlesville. LOL! However, like all Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, this restored boutique hotel will be a great place to experience. You can listen and view the history and current-day standing of this one-of-a-kind place to repose at your leisure. Just click on the video.


Bentonville!
Then we drove a pleasant 2-1/2 hours to the ninth-largest town in Arkansas. Its claim to fame is the location of the headquarters of WALMART. Bentonville has been the home of Walmart since 1950, now the largest private employer in the world. Because of Walmart's location just outside the small quaint downtown of Bentonville, there are many things to see and enjoy. Number one on the list of things to do - CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART established by Alice Walton, the daughter of the late Sam Walton. There is a beautiful nature trail you can walk to this amazing museum from the boutique 21C Hotel downtown. This hotel, in addition to great rooms with comfortable beds and huge showers, has over 12,000 square feet of modern art space within the hotel. And, depending on when you go, the prices are not too high. 

One last place to see, only a short drive from Bentonville, is THORNCROWN CHAPEL. This beautiful wood and glass chapel, built in the forests of Northwest Arkansas, is truly amazing. It was designed by E. Faye Jones, the most famous architect in Arkansas. This ingenious architect studied under Wright. I had the distinct pleasure of attending a lecture by Jones in architecture school. One of the most memorable experiences we had when we visited this chapel - an older gentleman, in a wheelchair,  rolled into the chapel from behind a screen and sang several religious hymns acapella as about forty people sat and listened intently.

So, if you and your favorite Travel Vagabond are venturing west, The Nomad Architect highly recommends these places.

D.L.Stafford


Since today's post is all about cutting-edge architecture and art, this week's music features one of the most cutting-edge jazz artists to ever sit down at a piano. We had the pleasure of seeing this innovative pianist and his quartet twice - 1969 at The First Atlanta Pop/Rock Festival and 2006 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida at the age of 86 - Never missed a beat! This tune - TAKE FIVE - features his quartet with Dave Brubeck-piano, Paul Desmond-alto sax, Joe Morello-drums & Eugene Wright-bass recorded live in 1964. This song is the highest-selling jazz recording of all time.







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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

05/08/2024 - ONLY IN AMERICA! THE BEST OF THE BEST - MUST SEE GREAT ARCHITECTURE BY AMERICA'S GREATEST ARCHITECT

Today's post will continue to explore the work of master architect Frank Lloyd Wright - his masterful creation of a house built in 1936 that showed the world the power and grace of brilliant design for a weekend pleasure house built over a waterfall. Click the following heading to see the details and history of this amazing house.

 Fallingwater 

This incredible home should be 
on every Vagabond's Bucket List. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built from 1936 - 1938, it is listed in Smithsonian's "Life List of 28 Places to See Before you Die". It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. In 1991, the American Institute of Architects named Fallingwater the "best all-time work of American Architecture". When we visited this amazing "weekend house", we were mesmerized by the beauty, the details, and the energy of this incredible structure. As its cantilevers spread out over the stream and waterfall below, we didn't want to leave this place of power and grace. For those who are interested in the details and history of this amazing work of design, just click on the video below.


Just fly into Pittsburgh and check into a hotel or AIRBNB. The Pittsburgh Airport is about an hour and half from Falling Water. We stayed at the Falling Rock Resort when we visited. However, like all hotels in America, its price has increased substantially. 

Other places can be found close to Fallingwater:

The Historic Summit Inn is a genuinely nice place with excellent reviews for prices starting at $170 per night. It's only twenty-four minutes from Fallingwater.

Polymath Park has four houses designed by Wright you can reserve only thirty minutes from Fallingwater. They are not cheap. Prices start at $475/night, but they are much lower than Falling Rock and they are all designated as Usonian Houses, a term used by Wright to describe the design of smaller middle-class residences.

Shipping Container In Acme Pennsylvania is a very cool AIRBNB only 30 minutes from Fallingwater. It has excellent reviews and is only $96 per night in May. As always, The Nomad Architect is looking out for fellow Vagabonds to stay in great places on the cheap.

If you're a real Vagabond just find a place to your liking that likes your pocketbook. They're everywhere!


This amazing home designed by the master is a mere twelve minutes from Falling Water. A descriptive quote from the website for this amazing house:

"Both dramatic and serene, Kentuck Knob is situated just below the crest of a great hill and appears part of the landscape itself. An organic floor plan, cantilevered overhangs, and imaginative expanses of glass effortlessly integrate the interior of the house with its stunning surroundings. On a tour of Kentuck Knob, visitors will learn about the Hagan family, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the architect's vision for the house. Our experienced staff of tour guides share stories, historical information, and offer unique insights into this wonderful house". In addition to the house, designed and built 1953-1956, there are a number of sculptures placed in a sculpture meadow on the eighty-acre site around the house. It's a must see for all Vagabonds.

Seeing great architecture as designed by America's greatest architect was an absolute pleasure. The landscapes of Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands are perfect for some of the greatest design ever created. I hope all Vagabonds will go and see these amazing works of architectural art.


D.L.Stafford

For this week's video, enjoy this interesting song by Simon & Garfunkel. The video shows many examples of work accomplished by Wright - As someone once said - "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright can be interpreted as a tribute to a revered artist and a reflection on the lasting impact of artistic relationships. It underscores the power of creative connections to shape our lives and leave a lasting impression even after those connections have faded."







Wednesday, May 1, 2024

05-01-25 A GREAT PLACE TO BUNK AND AN EVEN GREATER PLACE TO EXPERIENCE NOT FAR FROM THE WINDY CITY

Before leaving the Windy City, there are several buildings you can experience designed by Frank Lloyd Wright - The Robie House, The Rookery, Frank Lloyd Wright House & Studio and Unity Temple just to name a few. Just click the link below for tour information.

Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago | Tours and Events | Choose Chicago

 Places to See and Rest Your Weary Head Just Outside Chicago

After a few days enjoying America's Second City hop in your rental car and make your way west to an amazing house with insane views where you can rest your tired body and brain after a day of walking and exploring. Then head on over to tour one of the greatest modern homes in America.

Seth Peterson Cottage - It's not cheap, but it's worth every penny. The drive from Chicago is around three hours. When we visited, we stayed a couple of nights in Madison, Wisconsin at the Concourse Hotel. It's only about an hour from Madison to the cottage and reasonably priced. Or you can just drive to the cottage and enjoy the scenery. There are things to enjoy in Madison such as several Frank Lloyd Wright Houses and other structures. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is worth a visit as well.

This intimate small villa, one of the last houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at the tender young age of ninety, is a completely refurbished cottage immersed deep in the woods of Mirror Lake State Park, Wisconsin. With magnificent views high above Mirror Lake, this place is full of design as only Wright could provide. At only 800 square feet, built in 1958, it was a tiny house long before tiny houses became the thing. The cottage is a quick one-hour drive from Madison. Be prepared to enjoy your culinary skills. Buy some groceries in nearby Lake Delton and prepare meals at your leisure. You can also find numerous restaurants in Delton just a few minutes away. It's also one of the most romantic places you could ever enjoy. If you want to see some of the details of the cottage and read more about this unique place, just click - AMAZING HISTORY

A Perfect Day TripTaliesin

A short one hour from the cottage is Frank Lloyd Wright's second home and studio - TaliesinJust click on Taliesin above to read the story behind this famous house by America's greatest architect. This house/studio has a long history of design and building of many structures from 1911 to 1955. It also has tragedy in its long-complicated life. As an architecture student, I studied Wright in architecture school. But, like all great works of design and art, when you see them up close and personal it completely affects you. This house of powerful design with grace for living a life of purpose is truly one of a kind. I highly recommend the Estate Tour (just click for tickets) to see this extraordinary masterpiece of architecture started in 1911. 

After the Estate Tour, grab some lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants in Lake Delton a quick 45 minutes from Taliesen and only 5-10 minutes from the cottage.

From Chicago, this trip is easy and comfortable. A great, romantic place to stay. A lot of things to do - boating, kayaking and canoeing on the lake plus experiencing one of the greatest works of residential architecture ever designed and built and immaculately restored. And of course, touring Wright's second house and studio is a must for all Vagabonds.

D.L.Stafford

Today's tune/video for the week features a compelling romantic tune with an interesting video featuring the multiple award-winning Norah Jones in a song released in 2002 - Come Away With Me. A perfect tune to inspire all Vagabonds to just go somewhere with the one you love!