We'll ALL BE KILLED!!!!!!!

Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
Trip End Mar 09, 2011

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San Simeon Lodge

Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This was an hilarious trip along the California Coast in the dark (we had our headlights on) after having dinner at Carmel, where a kindly American couple advised us not to drive along the coast in the dark; that the hairpin bends had you looking back at yrself they were so sharp. Waaaaay to dangerous. Let us at em'! We cried, and off we went, scoffing at scars that never felt a wound...sorry about that, I went all Shakespearean for a sec. Admittedly the bends DID get a little worse than Olinda tourist Rd and we DID nearly hit some deer, but otherwise we were just disappointed that we couldn't see the coast we were driving along. We did lean from side to side as we were going around bends and shout We'll All Be Killed at every opportunity....

Having arrived at San Simeon in one piece (each) we went to the liquor store - as you do -  to buy postcards, chocolate and other good things to eat, and go to bed.
When we woke up in the morning it was a grey, drizzly day so we rugged up and got ready to be amazed at Hearst Castle....photo's don't do it justice at all, it is magnificent.  The property takes up something like 700 square km's of beautiful, green, undulating land, 80 or 90 km's of it coastline.

Where the house is built at the top is called La Cuesta Encantada (the Enchanted Hill), and it looks down over the hills with a view to the coast. Around the Castle were built three guest houses; the whole property has 37 bathrooms! Two pools are built within the landscaped gardens, with Roman columns and statues, and underneath the tennis courts they built a Roman Baths area. Anything that looked like gold, was. Some of the ceilings are 14th century Spanish and the whole place is filled with antiques, tapestries and art.  Many movie stars and celebrities stayed on the Enchanted Hill, and the actress Marion Davies actually moved in and had a long affair with William - his wife eventually moved out.

 We could've stayed all day. As it was we spent all morning there doing two back to back tours and then when back at The Visitors Centre watched the video made about why/how William Hearst came to build it, and the amazing partnership between he and the architect Julia Morgan. We wanted to do the night tour as well, and discussed how we could slip away from the group and stay the night in one of those gorgeous bedrooms. But we dragged ourselves away.

We then backtracked up the coast a bit to see the elephant seals on the beach; Viv made friends with some squirrels - I was concerned she'd start singing and that bluebirds would circle around her head.....the seals were all on the beach, making a racket, babies snuggling up or drinking from their mums, males bellowing and thumping chests with other males and rampantly mating with whatever female took their eye before falling asleep with one flipper over her middle. Hmmmmmm.
When we tore ourselves away from them we headed on to Los Angeles.

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mermaid1967 on

hey sista & viv, hope all is ok with you guys love youse xxoo

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