Hearst Castle And Frisco Here I Come!

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Eating lunch before our tour

I remember the day that Kelly told me we were going to San Francisco for a weekend. I was ecstatic!!! It was going to be the first time I got away...without my parents!  I read every site, I bought books and tried to plan our trip to a tee.  We decided we would head out early and make a stop in Sam Simeon to visit the beautiful Hearst Castle and then head out to Frisco.  The day finally arrived and I was a nervous wreck.  We were ready to go by 5:30 AM but we got on the road at 6. We had our luggage, a bag of snacks, a cooler with drinks, and a prinout with directions...We were set!

All dressed up in our comfiest pajamas we headed out to the 101.  We put some music on and sang along for the next few hours.

Our hunger could not wait!
  We were finally getting close to San Simeon and we realized we were still in pajamas.  We decided to pull over on the side of the road and change into our days clothes.  I am sure oncoming traffice got quite a show.  ha  We got to Hearst Castle and realized we were sooo hungry.  We parked and made ourselves some sandwiches. After stuffing our faces we walked over to the ticket booth and purchased our tour tickets.  We decided to take the Experiece Tour since it is recommended for first time visitors.  We walked outside and waited in line for the bus.  The whole time I was thinking " We need a bus to get to this place?!?!? Where is it?!?" I stood there impatiently waiting.
The main house overlooking the ocean...
  We finally got on the bus and rode up a hill for 5 minutes... and there it was! It was beautiful! It was huge!

Hearst Castle which previously belonged to William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper tycoon, before being donated to the state of California sits on 250,000 acres of land.  The castle has 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, tennis courts, swimming pools, a theater, and acres of gardens.   Our tour began outside in front of the Neptune Pool and took us through the 18 room guest house called Casa Del Sol. We got to walk through a sitting room, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.  I know I wouldn't have minded staying there.  Once we left the guest house we made our walk through gardens over to the main house.  The gardens had many sculptures that had come from all over Europe and Egypt.

The Neptune Pool
 Once we went into the main house we got to see the the largest sitting room, the dining room, the Billiard room and Theater( largest room in the main house.)  Inside the theater we got to watch a 40 minute movie that documented the idea of the castle and the construction of it. On our way out the last room we went into was the Roman pool.  Resembling an old Roman bath the indoor pool is filled with gold tiles.  It is enough to make you feel like royalty.     

It is obvious that Hearst Castle was the place to be for the elite of Hollywood.  A walk through of the castle gives you a little insight on the type of person that William Hearst was.  He seems to have been detailed, flashy, vibrant and a great entertainer to people like Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Franklin Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill. He lived an interesting life in luxury.  If only I could be a fly on the wall during one of his fancy dinner parties.

 

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Eating lunch before our tour
Eating lunch before our tour
Our hunger could not wait!
Our hunger could not wait!
The main house overlooking the oce…
The main house overlooking the oc…
The Neptune Pool
The Neptune Pool
Theres even art in the pool...
There's even art in the pool...
This castle is a work of art!
This castle is a work of art!
Guest room
Guest room
More of the guest house
More of the guest house
A view of what the bathroom probab…
A view of what the bathroom proba…
Egyptian art
Egyptian art
There are sculptures everywhere...…
There are sculptures everywhere..…
Inside the main house
Inside the main house
This is a little blurry but its t…
This is a little blurry but it's …
The billiard room
The billiard room
The theater where we got to watch …
The theater where we got to watch…
Were Royalty! Were walking on Go…
We're Royalty! We're walking on G…
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