We ate lunch on the Biltmore grounds. They've taken the old stables and converted them into a large shopping area with a restaurant - the Stables. Here' a photo looking down from the "hayloft" (where we ate). You can see the 'stalls' where the horses used to live. Cute, huh?
On one end of the house, outside the library, is this wysteria trellis. Huge vines.
I took this photo of the 'back side' of the house. Then I promptly bumped the camera against the stone ledge where I was standing, and messed up the zoom lens. Sigh. No more photos after that!
We got a great deal today - 2 tickets for the price of one. Adam saw this house on a school field trip last month and wanted to go back with me. To him, the house has regal beauty. It oozes elegance, comfort, community, elevated thought. The art, books, music, architecture - all smack of a desire to achieve on this earth what we hope for in the next earth. As Adam said, when he first saw the house, all he could think was, "In my father's house are many rooms...."