Saturday, January 14, 2012

More Pictures

So, in the previous post I gave you the breakdown of our trip, but I also wanted to share some other pictures that I took.  The following are shots from Hearst Castle, the home of old newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst. 
  Unfortunately, the museum lights inside prevented me from taking many pictures, however, I did manage to snap a few, such as this one of the dining room.  
The statues that were scattered around the grounds were actually quite lifelike; original works of some of the masters of sculpture.
Did you know that the castle was never finished?  If you look to on the left side of the above picture, you'll see that the limestone facade was never completed.  Kind of weird, but the park promised to leave the house in the exact state that Mr. Hearst left it, so the construction was never finished.
Mr. Hearst collected sarcophagi, but this one is considered a fraud because some of the detailing is not as it would have been done long ago. 
Hearst also collected  ornate ceilings, and this was one of many that he stored in a warehouse before giving it a place in his home. 

The wine cellar was incredible, with so many bottles in a spacious room.  Of course, none of it is drinkable anymore, but it was still quite impressive. 
The kitchen was very high-tech for the time, complete with refrigerators and giant mixers.
The Neptune Pool is one of the more famous parts of Hearst Castle, and it was probably one of my favorite spaces.
This is the other pool, and this one's indoors.  It's quite beautiful, with the entire bottom of the pool tiled in blue and gold, but sadly, it was too dark to capture the image. 
The hillside surrounding the castle was even magnificent, with cows and (although we didn't see any) wild zebras roaming and grazing on the green grass.  There was so much to see at Hearst Castle. So much, in fact, that I took over 200 pictures.  Of course there were plenty of other great ones that didn't make this post, but overall, these really captured the beauty of a place like no other.  A place known simply as, Hearst Castle.

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