Hearst Castle And Frisco Here I Come!
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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.
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.
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.