Hearst Castle then onto Monterey

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August 29th 2012
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Out for dinner on the Wharf
Tuesday 29 August 2012

Today we leave Pismo Beach to drive to Hearst Castle and then onto Monterey. It took us an hour to drive to Hearst Castle in San Simeon. The estate was formally named “La Cuesta Encantada (The Enchanted Hill) but usually called “the ranch”. Hearst Castle was owned by Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and built between 1919 - 1947 by architect Julia Morgan. Mediterranean Revival Style architecture, it took 28 years to complete and was never finished. It had 2 pools: the outdoor Neptune pool and an indoor pool known as the Roman pool which was covered with mosaics and had a diving pool. Rick we need a BIGGER pool now! In the early days they also kept many animals on the ranch including polar bears. We saw a number of zebras that now mix with cattle on the estate. Many famous people visited and stayed at the ranch for extravagant weekends (we would fit right in girls !) Many famous movies were filmed there including some of the Charlie Chaplin movies. The house also had its own theatre room (which was the size of one of our movie theatres today) and guests would watch silent movies. In 1957 it was donated to the state of California. Amazing place to visit. Unfortunately Lola lost her life savings here by putting her purse down whilst getting one of her collector coins. Mmmmm!

We then drove North to Monterey through some of the most spectacular and cliff hanging coastlines you will ever see. Dave did some very fine driving through very windy and narrow roads. He earned himself a very well earned beer that night!

We stopped off at the state national park in the Big Sur which is surrounded by Redwood forest and had an icecream (even had Lola friendly sorbet!).

We arrived in Monterey and stayed at the Portola Hotel. It’s a gorgeous place and would have loved to stay longer. Girls went straight to the pool and I headed to the spa. Later that night we went for dinner on the Wharf. I had myself my first California Dacquari (hard to believe I know!) Jo yours are way better as they put a huge dollop of cream on the top. Dinner was magnificent: Marine lobster stuffed stuffed shrimp served with prawns citrus beurre blanc with spinach risotto and sautéed fresh organic vegies! Mmmm!


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