Friday afternoon we took the main, tour# 1 of Hearst castle.
For those of you who have never been to Hearst Castle … The visitor’s center is just off the highway at the foot of the hills, and the ‘castle’ itself is at the top of the hill, past about 5 miles of winding 2 lane road.
So if you’re touring the grounds, you will be bussed up to the house along with other people in your tour ….
The bus ride up includes a little audio introduction to Hearst Castle … .Did you know William Randolph Hearst used his land as kind of a zoo? Apparently there are still zebras roaming somewhere on the grounds …
We didn’t see any …
At the top of the hill, when you enter the grounds of the Castle (exiting the grazing area which is still privately owned by the Hearst family), it’s just a beautifully landscaped area. Flowers and citrus and sculptures everywhere you look.
Tour #1 is the main, overview tour. They take maybe 30 or so people on this tour, and have 2 tour guides. One to lead and one to follow up behind (and make sure you’re not touching anything you shouldn’t).
Our guide was this tiny little old woman. Seriously reminded me of my Grandma Jaye (who is 85 years old).
So little and so old!
Oh my goodness, she was so old she had a little speaker attached to her waist to amplify her voice. …
So old that she told us when she was growing up movies cost 10 cents. And then when she was a junior in high school they went to 20 cents.
So that’s how we started out our tour …. with the cutest old lady in the whole world. Oh my goodness. And you can just tell that she really loved guiding tours at Hearst Castle and learned as much as she could about the history.
Stay tuned for more pics throughout the Castle!