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Coast to Coast (42) - Visit of Sun City and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

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Sun City near Phoenix in Arizona

Today we start our first day of coast to coast travel in the United States in the company of our friends Dolors and Miquel. And our first objective is visit downtown downtown Phoenix.

Very similar to that of other American cities of its size, it has two distinct characteristics: the prevailing dry heat and the absolute tranquility of a center of a large city with almost no passersby.

We walked a few laps, photographing the great skyscrapers, the stadiums, its deserted streets full of offices, a museum or cultural center that was open to the public.

From there we took the car and approached Sun city, a city that was born in 1960 and is almost exclusively dedicated to being a residence for retired people, mostly Americans.


Avenues in downtown downtown Phoenix in Arizona

I have not been able to know how many retirees reside in Sun city, but you can travel kilometers and kilometers of streets and avenues surrounded by beautiful houses. Almost all of one plant are independent of each other, without fences or separation fences, surrounded by grass, palm trees and cacti and with many swimming pools.

In the existing commercial areas, the necessary services for a mostly retired and elderly population. From medical centers and specialized clinics. to travel agencies, restaurants and cafes.

We entered one of these cafe restaurants where, despite our age, we were the youngest, including the waitresses. As a curiosity, the table chairs had a small wheel on each leg to facilitate movement.


Original license plate of a car in Sun City near Phoenix in Arizona

After visit sun city, and on the way to the headquarters of the Foundation of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright we stopped to eat in a type establishment irish pubWell, looking for a nice place to eat, fresh, with more or less attractive food and, above all, where they could serve alcohol to be able to drink beers!

After a pleasant meal sitting on high sidewalks next to large casks as a table, we headed to the foundation headquarters of the aforementioned architect.

Frank Lloyd Wright, who died in Phoenix in 1959, was an American architect and one of the leading masters of twentieth-century architecture, known for the organic and functional architecture of his designs.


Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation near Phoenix in Arizona

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation maintains its international headquarters in Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, near Phoenix. The foundation covers a wide range of activities to preserve the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Among them, it offers the opportunity to the general public to know the main ideas who have generated their work; raise public awareness of the importance of architecture for both society and the individual; Stimulate a demand in search of excellence in architecture and design.

Located in an isolated, semi-desert, arid place and, like Arizona in general, full of chungueros cacti (called there saguaros) Western movies, we went to the foundation because Montse, daughter of Dolors and Miquel, is an architect and strongly recommended this visit.


Desert landscapes near Phoenix in Arizona

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Then we headed to visit Mystery Castle, Original construction made in the middle of the last century and recommended by some website on the Internet, but it was closed, that is, our joy in a well, and return to the hotel.

Today has been a more or less transitional day, quiet, for get to know Phoenix and surroundings, and thus allow our travel companions to recover a little after the long flight. Tomorrow we go to Monument Valley, 600 kilometers, one of the highlights of the trip.

The day has been hot, very hot, dry, with 44º, a desert heat that makes us want a strong storm that never comes.

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