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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hearst Castle

The Hearst Castle is located on a coastal mountain high above the San Simeon area in California. Several different tours are available. A bus ride along a windy road from the Visitor center takes guests to the Castle grounds. Each tour covers a different part of the grounds. Be prepared to climb a lot of steps.

Below are a few pictures taken on a tour under overcast skies.

The Neptune Pool.

Grand entrance.

Columns at the Neptune Pool.

Column and ceiling detail.

Neptune Pool.
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Neptune pool from above.
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Ornate decorations on one of the guest "cottages".

Guest "cottage" entrance.

One of the guest bathrooms.

A guest bedroom.

Another guest bedroom.

Guest "cottage" door.

Statues in a water feature - main castle building in the background.

Entrance to the main building.

Inside that entrance.

Dining room. This must have been the inspiration for a mile-long table portrayed in Looney Toons.

Servants resting "seats" in dining room.

Dining room ceiling.

Ceiling detail (contrast stretched).

Ceiling detail in billiards room.

Projection room.

Indoor pool.

Panorama of the ranch seen from the Visitor Center. Castle is roughly in the middle.
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Closer shot of the castle from the Visitor Center.
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Anonymous said...

Ian, while searching for some images of Vasquez Rocks, I discovered your photos and have spent the past hour enjoying your various photo blogs. Have enjoyed every single picture and blog but must say this series of Hearst Castle is absolutely spectacular!

The Eye said...

To J:

Thanks for the comments. It's always nice to hear when my pictures are appreciated!

Marcia Hamilton said...

Your blog is very enjoyable and the photographs very interesting. I'm planning a trip to Hearst Castle next year and can not wait to see it all in person.

The Eye said...

Well, Marcia, thanks for the comment. I hope your visit is enjoyable. The whole area is lovely. Check out the local beaches too. And if you like wine, you're not far from Paso Robles where you can visit many wineries.