Sunday, November 7, 2010

Citizen Kane

I have forever been fascinated by twentieth century history, and particularly by the opulent life of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to take a day trip to visit his renowned estate in San Simeon. Hearst Castle sits atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean and anyone will tell you that it is massive, breathtaking, decadent, and downright fabulous. Between the imported fifteenth century ceilings and the gold-laden indoor pool, to the furniture no man would ever feel comfortable touching, Hearst's "ranch," as he called it, is a gorgeous masterpiece and a true labor of love. The eerie fog cascaded beautifully over the property during the night tour. I can just picture Marion Davies prepping for the night in her luxurious silks and furs, set to entertain Hollywood royalty. Sigh. A girl can dream.

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