Saturday, 14 March 2015

Hearst Castle, San Simeon

Everyone has spent a few hours working hard on a personal project.  It likely involved a combination of hard work, frustration, joy and pride.  If something bad happened before you got to share that project with someone else, a deep disappointment likely occurred.   Well, I just lost sixteen paragraphs for my current blog post, certainly nothing important to anyone else but me.   My writing has disappeared about ten times in my  four years of blogging and I always “got right back on the horse” and rewrote the post.   This time however, I will tell this story with images only. 

William Randolph Hearst had a number of frustrations while he built his “Casa Grande” 1600 feet above the sparkling Pacific between 1919-1947.  With the relentless help of his amazing architect Julia Morgan and great piles of cash amassed through his publishing and film business’s he created an incredible property rimmed with terraces, gardens, 3 cottages, pools and the Castle itself.  Eventually his overspending on fine art and entertaining lead him to bankruptcy and some areas of the property were never completed.  Today, most of the grounds can be self-toured but it is worth the extra ticket price to enter some of the buildings.

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Our drive back to Paso Robles was incredible.

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1 comment:

  1. I loved your pics. I went as a child and I only remember the tire blowout we had on on the LA freeway. It is funny what we can remember. I will return someday.

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