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Photo Friday: Hearst Castle Lion

Exploring all of Hearst Castle would take days. This lion guards one of several cottages on the property (which totals 250 acres). Despite its size, the Castle, which is now a national park, has only about 100 employees, including 70 guides, 6 (!!) gardeners, and other rehab and restoration staff.

But the story I want to tell with today’s photo is about Cary Grant (because I love him).

Cary was a frequent guest of William Randolph Hearst, and would join other guests in the Assembly Room for pre-dinner cocktails. Cary complained that the drinks they served were weak so he would arrive early to get his first drink, then get back in line for a second!

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