Towards LA

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On our way down to LA, we took the famous and beautiful Highway 1 which runs alongside the Pacific Ocean. We took our time, and made several stops (see the map below)


First, we stopped around Big Sur (B), a breathtaking area, perfect for a coffee and, later, a picnic. 

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Next stop, a typical Western town: Los Alamos and its historical saloon (NB: anything older than 50 years old is "Historical" in the US! but here it did qualify even by our standards). The first picture is the local grocery shop and the butcher... We could perfectly imagine the Sheriff arriving on his horse in this decor! According to Wikipedia, the hills above Rancho Los Alamos served as a hideout for bandito Solomon Pico, whose escapades were popularized by the character "Zorro". 

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Some of the locals, encountered on our way to Hearst Castle (C).

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Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.

The estate is a pastiche of historic architectural styles that its owner admired in his travels around Europe. Hearst was an omnivorous buyer who did not so much purchase art and antiques to furnish his home as built his home to get his bulging collection out of warehouses. This led to incongruous elements such as the private cinema whose walls were lined with shelves of rare books. The floor plan of the Main Building is chaotic due to his habit of buying centuries-old ceilings, which dictated the proportions and decor of various rooms.  Hearst Castle featured 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, 127 acres (0.5 km2) of gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a movie theater, an airfield and the world's largest private zoo. Zebras and other exotic animals still roam the grounds.

Invitations to Hearst Castle were highly coveted during its heyday in the 1920s and '30s. The Hollywood and political elite often visited, usually flying into the estate's airfield or taking private Hearst-owned trains from Los Angeles.Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, Marx Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, James Stewart, Bob Hope, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill were among Hearst's A-list guests.
Hearst Castle was the inspiration for the "Xanadu" mansion of the 1941 Orson Welles film Citizen Kane, which was itself a fictionalization of William Randolph Hearst's career.

Here's a view from the shuttle parking, 5 miles away. You can't get access to the castle with your own vehicle. 

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One of the 3 guests houses...

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Hearst Castle, la Casa Grande entrance:

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The waiting room and the dining room:
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The Neptune pool, which had to be destroyed/remade twice before the 3rd version fully satisfied Mr Hearst:

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Our lovely Hostel in Cambria, a 20-mn drive from the Castle. It is really a hostel like in "Youth Hostel" and not a typo. We could not believe it when we saw it. So cute and cosy! In the morning, we shared our breakfast with a very nice canadian family fascinated by Ce's work and who kept asking her questions about it, while I was (more or less discreetly) checking my watch...So many things to see yet!

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Our next stop was the Santa Barbara Old Mission (D on the map)

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View from the Church

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The gigantic and 200 years-old fig tree in the Cemetery

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Next stop/episode: Los Angeles!!!

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pageot 22/02/2011 09:28

MERCI MERCI MERCI ENFIN j'ai cru que jamais cela ne viendrait en francais c'est genial je vais pouvoir continuer a vous suivre en comprenant tout vos commentaires le pied!!!! j'avoue que j'avais du
mal à vous suivre heureusement que vos photos sont magnifiques car j'avais un peu tendance à decrocher
je vous espere en pleine forme et vous envoi plein de bisous francais

Nad 22/02/2011 17:13

Coucou Rachou,

L'etait temps en effet, mais tu sais nous n'avons tjs pas envoye nos cartes de voeux 2011...! Tu vas vite te rendre compte quand meme que la traduction est un peu rock&roll. Je te rassure mon
francais est meilleur que ca, meme si tres souvent on se demande avec Ce "mais c'est francais ce mot ou anglais. Cmt ca s'ecrit ce truc deja, etc..."?!

Esperons revenir en Europe cette annee. Ou que nous atterissions on prendra le temps de visiter tous les amis, alors prepare le chocolat noir et le cafe.

Tres grosses biz a ta tribu de nous 2.


sandrine 07/01/2011 22:32

qd tu parles de Zorro c celui dont tu parles qui a inspiré sa légende ? on se croirait vraiment au far-west; la boucherie etc sont tjrs utilisées .. les guests houses sont terribles ! et le lieu
avec la piscine s'en est une aussi ?

Nad 07/01/2011 23:07

Le Zorro des films oui. C'est la piscine du chateau, qui contient 3 guests houses et une Casa Grande ou maison principale.

sandrine 07/01/2011 22:29

Trop beau ! de magnifiques photos comme d'hab ' ! tu poursuis après ? on se régale à travers ces photos ! profitez c génial

pierrette 05/01/2011 16:21

Ce n'était pas un jugement, c'était une vraie curiosité. Je crois que nous n'en avons encore jamais vus ! Il me semble que nous avons vu des mammifères marins énormes dans la péninsule de Valdès
(Argentine) mais qu'ils n'avaient pas de trompe ...

pierrette 04/01/2011 17:15

Et les éléphants de mer tu as quelque chose à en dire, non ?

Nad 04/01/2011 17:55

Sommes tombées sur cette colonie totalement par hasard donc non, pas spécialement de chose a en dire si ce n'est que les photos ne leur rendent pas justice. Ils sont VRAIMENT éléphantesques! La
taille de certains des mâles était extrêmement impressionnante.

Promets d'être bcp plus précise a l'avenir