Saturday, February 14, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

HELP me block some members

This is a call to all bloggers here who are members.  My blog only allow comment from members.  There are some members who chooses to leave nasty comments.  I naturally do not publish their comments but I would like to block them from making comments or even viewing my blog.  How do I do it???

The winding road to the castle on top of the hill.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Congrats Serena on number 19th.

Serena is now the stand alone 2nd most grand slam titles in the open era with 19.  Steffi Graf still is 1st with 22 grand slam titles. Here are the 19 grand slam Serena won.

 US Open 1999
 French Open 2002
 Wimbledon 2002
US Open 2002

 Australian Open 2003
 Wimbledon 2003
 Australian Open 2005
 Australian Open 2007
 US Open 2008
 Australian Open 2009
Wimbledon 2009

Australian Open 2010

Wimbledon 2010
Wimbledon 2012

 US Open 2012
 French Open 2013
 US Open 2013
US Open 2014

Australian Open 2015

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Thursday, February 05, 2015

A visit to the Hearst Castle.

The Hearst Castle is truly a magnificent estate.  Built by News Paper publisher William R Hearst in collaboration with architect Julia Morgan from 1919 to 1947.  To this day it is considered unfinished because it was only the death of William R Hearst that terminated the work on the estate.  The Hearst Castle is also called La Cuesta Encantada.  It is located in San Simeon by the coast of California up in the hill halfway from LA to San Francisco.  Today the Hearst Castle is owned by the California State Park because it was donated by the Hearst family to the state for 11 million dollars of tax right off. 

The estate boast a main house called Casa Grande, 3 guest houses (Casa del Mar, Casa del Monte and Casa del Sol), one magnificent outdoor pool called The Neptune Pool, an indoor Roman Pool, 2 tennis courts and several courtyard/fountain/terrace.  It even had a zoo when Hearst was alive.  Now the enclosures for the animals are empty.  The present day fauna found in the estate are domesticated cows along with wild animals.  The only way to the castle on top of the hill is a meandering private road from the visitor center below.  The Castle does boast a fine prospect as one approaches it.  From the castle itself, the view of the Pacific and the surrounding mountains are truly breathtaking and serene.

Inside the Casa Grande, WR Hearst filled the rooms with antiques and art work from his vast collections.  Tapestries, paintings, panelings, furniture, sculptures and religious items from Europe.  Works ranging from the 16th century to the 19th century from many Masters.  It is a museum inside I say.

For California residents who have little opportunities to visit the grand castles of Europe, I say this Castle is one that should not be missed.  It is very accessible by car from SF and LA.  Just a mere 2 hour drive.  And the tickets for the  different tours are no more than $30.  Very reasonable indeed for what one gets from the visit.  I enjoyed my visit so plan a weekend trip now.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015