Himself: Up and out by seven to the Auto Museum where he is helping docent a car show.
Herself: Worked on this entry till almost nine. Walk. Stores. Played here, cooked dinner….I cannot believe I am so domestic.
Gratitude: A quiet day.
Above the pool are the tennis courts.
Yes, it is ten feet deep everywhere except for an area in the water behind the diving platform....perhaps 12x15. The gold is real. These Roman Pool mosaics will take your breath away too. The pool was heated and the air was steam heated around it. Situated into a hill, outside you will find doors and stairs that are in odd shapes and places to conform to the hill. On one side, there is even a stairway that leads nowhere. On top are the tennis courts. No longer used because of the glass skylights inset into the surface, they leak less now because of careful maintenance.
PlanetWare says of the indoor pool, “The other, a Roman bath, is under cover and is so big that Hearst had two tennis courts built on top of it. The concrete building is faced in tiles of brightly colored Venetian glass and some of gold, a task which took the Italian craftsmen three years to complete. Hearst was said to have derived the inspiration for this from a visit to the fifth century Galla Placidia Mausoleum in Ravenna.”
Above: Door to diving platform, and the clarity of the water with reflections of the alabaster lamp shades and the marble ladder.
Originally, one of the perks of working here at the Castle was permission to swim in the pools. Last time we were here, that permission had been revoked. This time, our first guide told us that once a year the staff were allowed to swim in the outdoor Grecian pool.
Outside to the north, there are stairs disappearing into a wall, and to the south, a tiny door opens onto working spaces.