Hearst Castle, California(more places to go and see)
A trip I took several months ago with a dear friend I will probably not see again until she returns to Japan next year. Assuming I cannot find a job in the United States a few months upon my graduation.
This was once the home for the media mogul William Randolph Hearst. Personally find him to be a reprehensible character responsible for awful business practices such as yellow journalism. However! He had fine tastes in art and architecture, and surely knew how to live. One side of the house you can see the mountains of Big Sur, and the other side is the beautiful sea, a pool lined with real gold … Man, I heard in the past he had a train that took guests to his manor, and people would leave with fur coats he handed out.
You can trip on a piece of fine art just by walking two steps in this dream manor (I almost tripped into one of Napoleon’s statues, heheheh). Following World War I, Europe was desperate for funds, and sold much of their art to collectors. Hearst became such a prolific buyer; he was accused of ‘plundering Europe.’ From paintings, vases, statues and ceilings, he really did buy up everything he could afford. He even had a zoo inside his estate. After he nearly went bankrupt multiple times, he gave most of them away, but occasionally you can catch a glimpse of a zebra.
And here is a superior photo of the castle. Source unknown.