Saturday, January 13, 2007

Guards at the Gates

Took an overnight trip to Asheville, NC to visit the Biltmore estate. We've lived 90 minutes away for almost 8 years, and decided it was time to finally go, even though it's winter and the gardens weren't in bloom. The "house" is simply astounding - if you ever have a chance to go, you should. Just the artwork contained within is amazing - John Singer Sargent portraits, "The Waltz," by Anders Zorn, a couple of small Rembrandts, and innumerable etchings and drawings. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

There are some pretty awesome gargoyles on the facade, as well as two great lions guarding the front door. I love simple, understated elegance...