Hearst Castle – The Good and the Ugly

Many say Hearst Castle is not really a castle, but rather a luxurious residence. Well, I don’t know; the main house was after all designed after Spanish cathedrals…

It is quite an experience to visit Hearst Castle. It truly is impressive. I especially liked the gardens and pools; I didn’t care too much for the interior as it was simply too much and too pompous for my taste.

But what I really didn’t care for was the way the tours were done and how everything just seemed to be a well-oiled money-making machine. Nothing against the guides – they did a great job and were very nice, knowledgeable, and entertaining. And they were, after all, just doing their jobs. But really, you didn’t get to spend much time at any given spot and were simply moved through as fast as possible. That really didn’t leave any time to enjoy the place, much less to take pictures. And in case you were wondering, taking photos without someone running through your picture was nearly impossible.

The visitor center itself was laid out to make as much money as possible. It was dominated by a huge gift store and several more stands where you could buy stuff and a cafeteria with expensive junk food. Even after watching the IMAX movie (which is included in the admission if you choose the “Experience Tour”), they were trying to sell us more stuff, including a DVD of the movie we had just watched.

So while Hearst Castle is truly a place to be seen, the way it’s run simply put me off.

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~ by tripgalleries on December 9, 2008.

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