California Vacation: Hearst Castle and up the Big Sur Coast

After spending a night in Cambria, we drove just a few miles to the Hearst Castle. What a surprise! When you arrive, you take a bus ride up a very long hill, where the antelopes, zebras, lions, and polar bears used to roam. Apparently, Hearst was well known for his zoo, though we suspect the polar bears were not allowed loose on the hills. We went on a lovely tour of the property, seeing some of his most famous guest rooms, game rooms, dining hall (which the Hogwarts dining hall was modeled after), theater, and pool. What a house! He also had quite an eclectic collection of treasures from around the world, including a couple pieces from Egypt. (We recognized them, having seen some very similar ones during our 2006 trip there!) He felt it was important to bring the treasures of the world to his house. By doing so, he could provide people with the opportunity to “travel” even if they could not otherwise afford to do so. Even more impressive than the splendor of his collection was the view in all directions. Really lovely!

We started our drive up north but quickly stopped to see the elephant seals. Wow. They do resemble elephants, but they certainly aren’t like the cute harbor seals up in Maine! What a sight! We quickly got on our way and discovered that every turn was another amazing vista. We could hardly take in the beauty, and the drive could not last long enough. We were a bit sad when we arrived to Carmel-by-the-Sea, because that amazing view was over. However, what an adorable town! We stayed in a lovely bed and breakfast in town. The area was fairly quiet – much quieter than we thought it might be – but still full of lovely walks and views. Here are a few photos from the Hearst Castle, our drive up the coast, and the beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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~ by pagespages on June 16, 2009.

2 Responses to “California Vacation: Hearst Castle and up the Big Sur Coast”

  1. These are beautiful, Rob! It makes us want to return for another drive down the PCH.

  2. […] Aquarium – Monterey, CA In March of 2009 my wife and I headed to California and drove up the coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco.  The coast is beautiful.  One of the places we stopped at was […]

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