Taliesin West – Not Your Grandma’s House

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The main house

Taliesin West – Not Your Grandma’s House

Taliesin West is unlike any house I’ve ever seen. Of course, I’ve never seen another Frank Lloyd Wright house before so that would explain it. And, to be fair, Taliesin West isn’t just another Frank Lloyd Wright house.

First of all, the grounds are home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and School of Architecture so in addition to the house there is a gift shop, theater, classrooms, etc. Thus, it feels a little more like a compound than a home.

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Hillside at dusk.

The beautiful desert

It is difficult to describe the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ but I think it’s safe to say that if you like rugged beauty, prickly things, and the best flora the desert has to offer, then you should definitely check it out. In addition to the trees, grasses, succulents and cacti, we saw owls hunting, frogs swimming, rabbits doing whatever rabbits do, and quail wandering around making that funny little quail sound. Note, these were not critters in cages. These were wild animals that have made the gardens their home.

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