Monday, September 26, 2016

Out West . . . Hearst Castle

It was overcast while we were on the first part of the pacific coast highway . . . but it could have been the smoke from the forest fires too.  It was hard to tell what was clouds and what was smoke.

Along the coast on our way to the Hearst Castle.  You have got to visit this place because there is no way I can capture the grandeur of it with my little camera.

Our tour guide was absolutely fabulous and thought S was so cute!

This place seriously did not fit in my lens.  It is absolutely a gorgeous place.  Definitely worth stopping and checking out.

According to our guide this is only one of over 30 houses Mr. Hearst owned but she said it was his favorite.

Now a California State Park property, it is truly a castle.

The gardens alone were to be marveled, not to mention all the fountains and multiple houses on the property.

One of the smaller houses where many of Mr. Hearst's guests would stay.  

Lighted tennis courts were a luxury when the castle was built.

As were indoor swimming pools.

Such a grand indoor pool with gold inlaid tiles and marble lamp posts and ladders.

When Mr. Hearst was alive he had multiple habitats for wild animals including zebras and even polar bears.

Sea lions on the beach in front of the castle.

Looks like they are arguing about something.

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