Every now and again the combination of the people around us along with stunning sights and sounds can transport us to a place and time we would otherwise never be able to visit. This weekend my friends and I were transported back to the early 20th century in a castle built for festivities overlooking the pacific ocean from the top of the central California mountains.
Hearst castle, built by William Randolph Hearst and the incredible architect Julie Morgan, took over 30 years to build and was left unfinished when Hearst passed in 1951. It was designed to entertain and hosted many famous guests including Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, the Marx Bros and Charles Lindburg. The residence was donated to the people of California in 1957 along with all art and antiques.
Enjoy the pictures, however I recommend at least one visit as these poor images do not do this amazing structure justice. (click on the images to advance)