One of the vista point turnouts near San Simeon.
Closeup of some of the fractures rocks at the turnout.
Looking down the coast.
At this particular turnout, there were a group of docile squirrels.
The Hearst Castle Visitor Center enterence.
Walking up to Casa de Sol, one of the guest houses on the property.
There were many orange trees around the property.
One of the light pilars surrounding the guest house.
The outdoor pool near Casa de Sol.
Looking up towards the guest house.
The view from the balcony of Casa de Sol of Big Sur.
Another view of the ocean.
More views of the various staircases surrounding the guest house.
Closeup of the lighting pilar figurehead.
The outdoor pool.
As you walk up the main steps to Casa de Sol, there is a little walkway off to the right, which has several orange trees.
Another view of the outdoor pool.
Closeup of some of the tiles inlaid around the guest house.
Casa de Sol is designed in a Spanish architecture style.
The property has quite interesting looking water fountains.
The mosaic is on outside of Casa de Sol.
One of the bedrooms in the guest house.
This is the woman's bathroom in Casa de Sol - the walk-in shower is behind me.
Walking towards Casa Grande (the main house).
Looking out over the property once again, towards the ocean.
The main house looks like an old cathedral.
Closeup of the bell tower.
I didn't catch the entire story of this golden stature, but it gave another nice view of the propery below.
Closeup of one of the stairwells near Casa Grande.
Appearently, each of the statues date back to the days of the Egyptian pharaohs.
The property contains several baptismal pools, like this one.
Some of the Casa Grande fascade was never finished before Hearst passed away, so some areas look rather plain.
Showing the detail in the tile near the main enterence of Casa Grande.
The small pool is near the main enterence of Casa Grande.
One of the pilars surrounding this pool.
Once again, another shot of the propery, this time from the area in front of Casa Grande.
I found the creast design interesting.
Our group entered Casa Grande through a side enterence.
This is the Assembly Room, where guests could have a few drinks and where Hearst would greet them upon arrival.
It was very difficult to get pictures in this room, between the bright contrast of the sunlight and the dark colors of the room itself.
The tapistries remind of some I've seen at the DIA.
Closeup of the fireplace.
French panels, several hundred years old.
I tried to get some shots of the room's impressive ceiling.
Full shot of the fireplace.
Walking into the dining room.
Closeup of the ceiling and flags.
This tapistry in the billiards room dates from the 1400's.
The next to last room they showed us, was the movie theatre. This is a closeup of one of the statues along the wall.
These tennis courts are actually on top of the roof to the indoor pool.
The indoor pool is tiled in vibrant blue and gold.
I couldn't get a very good image of the interior, so this is about it.