A few years ago my sister, a close childhood friend and I attended Chicago’s Windy City Wine Fest near Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. We fell in love with Cass Winery and made plans to one day do a Girls Weekend and visit the vineyard in Paso Robles, California.
In June 2013, the three of us headed to Paso for a fun filled weekend of wine tasting and sightseeing! We had a few areas of interest on our list, but the one I was most excited about was Hearst Castle!
Hearst Castle was THE place to be in the 1920s and many celebrities and political figures would often visit. Imagine Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill playing tennis, swimming in the beautiful pools, watching movies in the theater or walking through the world’s largest private zoo! We saw all of these on our Grand Rooms tour for only $25!!
Fast forward to 2014 and another celebrity has entered this enchanted castle….Lady Gaga! She filmed her new bizarre and perplexing video “G.U.Y” at Hearst Castle. It was fun to watch the video and remember all the spots that I had been…but then I thought “How could they let her swim in that pool!?!?! Clark Gable swam in that pool!! ”
See below for her latest video. I’ve also added some time marks since I’m sure you don’t want to sit through 11 minutes of this!
1:50 mark – Main castle entrance
2:20 mark – First views of Neptune’s pool
4:50 mark – First views of the Roman pool
7:20 mark – Beautiful shot and overview of Hearst Castle
It was such a beautifully foggy day at Hearst Castle when we went. The ride up to the Castle was surprisingly long and winding. You really got a good sense of the exclusivity and privacy these celebrities and political figures felt. When you see Neptune’s Pool and the Roman Pool, you truly go back in time!
This week I decided to look through some of the blogs I follow as a activity given to me from WordPress via ‘Zero to Hero’ Challenge (30 days to a better blog in 2014). I stumbled on something that really caught my eye – 30 Tested Adventures for your 2014 Bucket List from Bucket List Publications. It’s a collection of pictures to inspire you while you’re creating your 2014 Bucket List and you should all check it out ’cause it’s pretty amazing! (Thanks Lesley!)
There’s only one little problem to this….I don’t actually have an official Bucket List! ….Gasp!!
I like to think that I’m a very organized person and I travel quite a bit so I should technically have one, but I don’t. I’m more of a traveling free spirit and have some ideas on where I would like to go but most of my trips just kinda…happen. I’m officially changing this for 2014 and going to focus on something more…official. Check out my newly expanded Andiamo Pinterest Page! For 2014 I’m hoping to cross off Carlsberg Visiting Center for a Brew Tour, Pulpit Rock in Norway, Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Tivoli Park in Copenhagen, stay in the town of Bergen to view the fjords of Norway and see all the amazing architecture in Dubai!
For a recap of what I crossed off my non-existent Bucket List in 2013…see below!
If you have a ‘Bucket List’ Pinterest Page, I want to follow it! Let me know the address and I’ll be sure to check it out!
Stay in a cozy cottage for wine tasting in Paso Robles, California
Visit the Harem at Topkapi Palace
Take a cruise through Glacier Bay National Park
Find the blue domed buildings in Oia – Santorini, Greece
Visit ‘Little Venice’ in Mykonos, Greece
Find the largest Fig Tree in the US (Moreton Fig Tree, Santa Barbara, California)
Zip Line in Skagway, Alaska
Walk along the Boardwalk on the Toronto Islands
See a sunset in Santorini, Greece
Visit Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle!
Try Turkish Tea with a Turkish Delight Treat
Buy something at St. Lawrence Market (one of the worlds best markets)in Toronto, Canada
Join a new Wine Club!
Visit my first mosque – Sultan Ahmed (Blue Mosque)
See what a real Alaskan town looks like!
Bike ride to Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska
Wine Tasting in Niagara Falls Region
View the Bosphorus Bridge (Connecting Europe and Asia)