Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Um! Helloooo. I am trapped in the claws of a giant crab and everybody just wants to take a picture!
Saturday the 3rd, we headed for
February 26th- We have enjoyed staying in one place for the last two weeks, just visiting with family. We missed Scott and Debbie’s birthdays while in
I’m sure you have seen television commercials for LOWE’S featuring the Biltmore Estate. One is left with a picture of this beautiful estate as the commercial ends. I can assure you that the commercial does not do Biltmore justice. It is breathtaking. It is awesome. It is a majestic structure; it can be overwhelming is it so beautiful.
We visited Biltmore in winter. The trees were bare and the flowers non-existent. Even the grass was deep in slumber. It was a cold day with an off and on drizzle. We made our way to the estate via the guarded gate just off a main road in
We parked our truck in one of the parking lots located away from the residence. One may walk the rest of the way or wait for the shuttle. We chose to wait for the shuttle. A short drive on the road and we approached a wall with a large gate, which was open. The bus drove through the open gate and we caught our first glimpse of Biltmore Estate.
Across the large expanse of manicured lawn, with a large fountain centered in it, sits the imposing structure. It is not imposing in a frightening or threatening way; it is simply majestic. I cannot begin to describe how wonderful and beautiful this home is. You must experience it for yourself.
When we entered Biltmore we were greeted in such a manner that we feel truly welcomed. We weren’t a bother or a tourist; we were their guest. We enjoyed our surroundings and took in the precious artwork; rare books and furnishings. We took the “behind the scenes” tour and enjoyed every minute of it.
Every person associated with the Biltmore Estate was open, warm, friendly and sincerely wanted you to enjoy your time there. You cannot help but want to go back; one can “see” the mansion in one visit but to really “take in” the wonder of it all will take more than one visit. To not only walk through this home, but to be educated about the man who had it built, and what he was trying to accomplish enables one to appreciate the magnitude of his vision.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Biltmore Estate we urge you to do so. You will be enriched many times over.