Natural gas buses transport visitors from the VC to the Castle.
From the gardens, overlooking the Ocean.
Close-up of one of the two bell towers.
Looking thru the orange orchard toward the Ocean.
Imitating art or oh my aching back?
Stunning artwork and statuary everywhere.
The immense dining room.
A view of Hearst's office.
Resting my weary feet, and looking at the cottage below.
One of three beautiful cottages used by guests. Casa del Monte.
The fairy princess is about to kiss a frog. I wouldn't mind sitting on this patio, overlooking the winding road that leads back to Hwy 1, and the ocean.
I would love to swim in this pool... every day.
The Castle grew it's own food, cattle, poultry, etc.
Let's say you're married and visiting the castle. You probably would've been given a suite that includes two bedrooms, each with a closet and a bathroom, with a sitting room between the two. Bedroom #1 above.
I absolutely loved the religious artwork
(So did Hearst - the castle is full of iconic paintings such as this.)
Sitting room between the two bedrooms. I don't know how many fireplaces were in the castle. Hearst collected them, like he did with many other "things."
Bedroom #2 on the other side. Notice the matching bathroom doors in each bedroom.
We spent all day at Hearst Castle. I packed a lunch. Americans don't have to go to Europe to see priceless antiquities. Just go to Hearst Castle and see for yourself. What an amazing experience.