Hearst Castle

Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
Trip End Jul 13, 2012

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

7th Dec.
After a cold night, even with thermals, we were up at 7.30am, had breakfast and left the rest area heading south. We crossed over to the US1 and headed back to Hearst Castle to see, if this time, they could fit us on a tour. We arrived around 9.45am, went in, chose a tour and managed to catch one at 10am. We chose the Upstairs tour, (there's about 3 or 4 tours to chose from), because we had seen a picture of the library and wanted a closer look. Unlike the Winchester House, Hearst Castle is a rich man's art gallery. It's eclectic in style, mixing different European styles with American flare. For our taste, it a little over the top. There is not a simply designed room anywhere. Everything is covered in artwork or gold cupids. They say the young William Hearst, son of George Hearst who made is fortune in silver, found his love of art while travelling Europe with his mother. When he inherited the land in his 50's, after his parents passed away, he could finally build his dream house. Similarly, to Winchester House, parts of it were never finished. After our tour with a really fun guide, we had a look around the grounds, which again were filled with statues, fountains and a large indoor and outdoor pool. We returned to the Visitor Centre to watch a movie about the building of this vast castle and then headed out to find somewhere for lunch. We drove back to the elephant seals and had lunch listening to them call out. We then walked along the walk way and spotted a whale out to sea. After a little while, we left the seals behind us and headed to our final stop, Atascadero. Before we arrived, we pulled over and watched the sun set at Morro Bay.
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