Friday, March 4, 2016

Hearst Castle

Wednesday, March 2 we drove up north.  We stopped in Pismo Beach to meet a couple of Elders then onto Atascadero where President did a baptismal interview.  We visited with two sisters that evening and then stayed at the Springhill Suites.
Thursday morning we drove to the Hearst Castle.  We couldn't stop raving how beautiful and green the landscape was.

We had to pull over for this shot.  In the back sticking out of the ocean is Morro rock.
William Randolph Hearst was a wealthy newspaper publisher.  He hired Julia Morgan to design and also decorate the castle.  They worked on the project from 1919 to 1947.
We parked at the visitor's center and then a bus drove us up to the castle.
This is at the top looking down.
The Neptune Pool was drained due to the drought.

Tile on the ground.
Casa Grande

Assembly Room.  All of the fireplaces were huge.

This statue reminded me of a smaller statue that my mother had.
This is the table they would dine at.  The Hogwarts dining room was fashioned after this room and it was Dell's favorite part of the tour.  The flags are silk.

I wanted a picture of the candle sticks.
Two tables in the Billiard Room.
This statue was one of many on the side walls of the Theater Room.
My favorite part of the tour was walking around outside.
Pretend there is a discus in his hand.

Indoor Roman Pool, so beautiful!
The bottom of the pool.
The elephant seals were about 5 miles from the castle so we had to go see them again.  This time of year there are not many.
We had a great P-day.  We don't take very many and this was very much enjoyed.