Hearst Castle & the Big Sur
Trip Start Jan 04, 2008
130Trip End Dec 17, 2008
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It seemed like he bought everything he could get his hands on and managed to make it a part of his castle
It was a good tour and the buildings were very impressive, especially the pool that was inlaid with gold leaf. Unfortunately, due to his and his guests fears of catching polio this ended up being used by that staff and not the guests. The grounds cover over 127 acres and once were home to the largest private collection of animals in the US and there are still zebras, springboks and other antelopes roaming the park.
After the castle we headed back to Highway 1 and to start the Big Sur. The views along the coast as the road clings to the cliffs are amazing so we stopped every few miles to take some pictures. We stopped for lunch at a lodge on a cliff 400ft above the sea. Feeling quite hungry we made the error of ordering a main each. When Maud's fish and chips arrived it really was the biggest serving we'd seen - 2 whole fish on a mountain of chips - plenty to feed 3 people ! So I ate half my sandwich and took the rest to go.
We spent the rest of the afternoon cruising up the Big Sur stopping for sunset in Carmel by the Sea before heading to Monterey for the night. Being back in civilization we decided to head to the cinema and watch the new Bond film.