Hiya all, I have been having fun and staying busy and not updating my blog! Sorry (not!).
My uncle was in town and we drove up to Monterey Bay and then drove back down the PCH 1 - which is surely one of the most beautiful drives anywhere. We had cliffs to one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. I have to say, it wowed my cynical heart...
We stopped at the Hearst Castle
in San Simeon on the way back. The only word I can use to describe my reaction to the place is stunned. The huge buildings (truly a castle!) are covered with Flemish tapestry
, Spanish furniture and French cathedral doors. Ultimately though it is very American
in its excesses. Things which were beautiful by themselves or in their original contexts took on a troubling tackiness when all squeezed together. The fact that Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo were guests
there make it much more interesting and beautiful than all the dazzling old museum-quality antiques in the world. A truly beautiful garden and an amazing underground swimming pool are totally worth the tour though.
I will be blogging even more infrequently the next few weeks as one of my two oldest friends (as in the ones I have known the longest, not necessarily geriatric) is in town for a month. Home-cooking and lots of adda
- I am happy :)