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Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

A unique tribute to conspicuous consumption, Hearst Castle sits like a gothic wedding cake on a hilltop on the southern California coast. Hearst Castle was a meal ticket for architect Julia Morgan for twenty-eight years, and the estate now includes the hotel sized big house and three guest cottages the size of mansions. Here’s one of the cottages. William Randolph Hearst was a collector with the artistic sensibilities of a rabid magpie. He collected coffins, ceilings, floors, tapestries, and fragments…

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Cambria

Cambria

The town of Cambria on the California coast was the inspiration for “Pine Cove” in Christopher Moore’s books. It lurks on a hill overlooking a bay with a small lagoon where eldritch horrors quite probably gather when they want a seaside vacation. Though most of the inhabitants clearly eke out a precarious existence selling each other antiques and curios, there may be some farming. We did see one couple with a pig on a leash, though whether this was for…

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