Trekking to Hearst Castle on a rainy morning..
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December 28th, 2007 – by: jenn79
So managed to make it to San Simeon with minimal discomfort! What a day to visit this place.. it was drizzly, cloudy and dark. And we were not allowed to use flashes inside or outside. Hopefully you can see a bit of the gradeur of this place. Hearst seems to be a really interesting man with a definite precocious streak, who was in tune with the world around him and really knew how to entertain the upper class. Don't get me wrong, there seemed to be nothing philanthropic or kind hearted about him.
Charles and I really enjoyed seeing this gorgeous property. He seemed to have collected art from all over the world in an attempt to bring the world into his home in a very physical way. It's very beautiful, but we both thought the money and effort could have been put towards something so much more useful. I like the way Charles thinks. I asked him if he played golf, and he mentioned thought that the sport is very wasteful of resources, which I can't help but agree with.
Anyhow, back to Hearst Castle. My favorite parts are the home movies, which are silent and in black and white. These live tapings of Hearst and his friends reveal so much of the revelry and mannerisms of these old Hollywood icons such as Charlie Chaplin (very handsome by the way!)
There are a variety of tours available for Hearst Castle, and the recommended tour for first-time visitors is Tour #1 - the Experience Tour.
This tour takes you to both pools (indoor Neptune pool and outdoor Venus pool), one of the 4-bedroom guest homes through and through, as well as the reception hall, recreation area, dining room and home theatre of the main house. It is really fantastic, every single element of this place inside and out had been specially picked, detailed and executed.
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