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Hearst Castle Part Deux

No, this is not how I am feeling today! It is part deux of our tour at the Hearst Castle.
He was inspired by Spanish architecture.

Although it may seem like some of the statues and decorations are somewhat typical, they are not at all. Mr. Hearst was an avid collector. This whole place is an enormous museum from the steps to the doors. This castle is a place where he was able to showcase his treasures just about everywhere you turn. He might have been a bit of a braggosaurus rex, I guess!
The indoor pool. Beautiful! Lots of parties in here and there seemed to be some naughty corner's à la Hefner! However, despite having had his own indiscretions, Mr. Hearst did not allow for unmarried couples to stay in the same room. He would often host many actors, directors, and politicians but according to our guide, if any of the guests were inappropriate he would have their bags packed ASAP!
I loved all the ornate entrances and pretty much the ornate EVERYTHING yet it did not look tacky or gaudy. Mr. Hearst loved to decorate and I must say I think he had a great eye.
This is a small corner of one of the big party rooms.
I had to include this pond on our tour because Mr. Hearst was an animal lover. He had many exotic animals on his estate and he also had his beloved dachshund Helen. That ramp you see is one he had put there for his Helen, who loved to take little dips!

11 comments

Drawn to The Sea said...

I wonder if spirits return to wonder the grounds... surely they'd want to linger.

~Julia

Drawn to The Sea said...

WANDER the grounds... ;-)

Erin said...

All so very interesting! I love the little ramp for Helen!

Mary-Laure said...

I really MUST visit this stunning place some time!

Mary-Laure said...

PS: a dachshund!!!!! Awwwwwwww!!!! Just like my Benjy!
Dachshunds rock!

Meta said...

Hey Laura

So funny we are posting such similar pics at the same time! I feel as if we are having the same experiences on opposite sides of the coast! What a fabulous place to visit and such a breathtaking home!!

Meta :)

simpledaisy said...

Wow...what a beautiful place! You have to love a person and a place that had a great respect for animals:)

drollgirl said...

isn't it just amazing there?!?!? i went once and loved the pools beyond belief. especially the one you have posted here. DIVINE!

and i am so glad you like FOTC too! that clip you provided is truly one of there best songs and so lovable! :)

anita said...

so..there was alot of tip toeing around the upstairs halls at nite...wink, wink :)

Alyssa Barnett said...

I've been there too, back when i was a little girl. Now you've made me nostalgic - maybe I need to plan a trip with the kiddos and the hubs!

Candi said...

What a beautiful place! I miss out on so much, I'm glad I got a chance to check out your blog tonight. I didn't know you were sick...hope you're feeling better! :)