|Hearst's pool the famous one.|
He also was an art collector. Big time. After World War 1, many European families were destitute, and selling their collections. Mr. Hearst bought and bought and bought. So he grew up in California, and loved this place in the central coast called San Simeon. It is very pretty. He decided to build a home there. It took 27 years. He worked with a brilliant architect, Julia Morgan, to create this amazing structure.
There are 4 different tours you can take. Sarah and I chose the one that gave us a chance to see Mr. Hearst's inner sanctum, his office and library. As well as the several guest rooms, the kitchens and the 2 pools. This building was made of steel reinforced concrete. That is not a big deal now. But in 1927 when they started this structure, it was a big ass deal. Each load of concrete was made on site, and poured by humans. Not sprayed by a huge cement mixer. The desire for this construction was born out if Mr. Hearst's wish to protect his art collection from earthquakes and and war. It is remarkable. So what did I learn here, at San Simeon.?
I learned something about partnership. Mr. Hearst and his architect, Julia Morgan, worked together. He dreamed it, she found ways to make his vision a reality. They collaborated in a unique way. To me, their partnership is the real story at Hearst Castle. What a wonderful world it would be, if more people had that kind of partnership, that kind of vision for the future. If instead of tearing each other down, we could build things together.What would that be like? In business, in politics, in families and relationships. I think if you can find a dynamic partnership, you have really got something. But maybe.... and here is the tough part. These partnerships are created, not found. hmmmm well well. That really is something for the old Enemy of Fun to ponder isn't it?
Here are some of the photos I took while we were there.
|the sculpture up there is 700 years old.|
|bitchin' view of the Santa Lucia Mtns.|
|I love the strong SILENT type|
|A view from the top|
|a desk from one of the guest rooms|
|Hearst's private library|
|The view from his balcony|
|No matter where I go, I find flowers :)|
So that is it friends, my trip up the coast and back down again. My wander lust is sated for the moment. But you know it will not be long before I am off again. I can not sit still for long.
until I see you again.
Love and Peace from Orange County, a bull dog snoring at my feet.