Tuesday, December 11, 2007

San Simeon, CA Party

Welcome my friends from Europe, Australia, Austria, and Japan; I have cottages waiting for you since your early arrival due to the time differences from US time. For those of you that have arrived later in the day I also welcome you.


Sassy outside the Hearst Visitors Center.
Photo by Italian Photog

I know you are tired from your long journey and need some rest, feel free to make yourselves at home after I acquaint you with the castle and its grounds. The cast and crew who live in the states are expected to arrive after 2:00 pm EST.


Opus and Roscoe arriving at The Hearst Castle
Photo by Italia Photoga


Arriving after a drive up the coast the Top Cat Rule gang:
l-r: Pyewacket, Trixie, & Tigger The FBI Cat
Photo by TCR



Welcome my esteemed cast/crew of CCSI II! I am happy to see that all of you arrived safely after your long flights from home and trust that you found your plane ride to be most satisfactory.

Asta arriving at the airport in California.
Photo by Asta

Providing flights on one of my private jets kept you from having to stand in the long lines at the airport to board the plane and, after you landed, having to deal with finding your luggage. I trust that your breath was taken away as you approached the castle from the private helicopter that brought you up here, a great photo opportunity right outside your window.


The Hearst Castle is located in the Santa Lucia Mountains, 1,600 ft high, near San Simeon and provides its guests with magnificent views of San Luis Obispo County and the Pacific Ocean.


Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the terrace.

In the castle there are 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The Hearst Castle is famous not only for its architecture and art collection but for its gardens. Many social gatherings of famous and influential guests took place in the 1920's, 30's, and 40's at William Randolph Hearst's ranch. Guests included President Calvin Coolidge, Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Charles Lindbergh, Charlie Chaplin, and a diverse array of guests from show business and the publishing industries.

Hearst Castle guest cottages.

Your luggage has been taken to a guest cottage that has been assigned to you. Shortly after you landed you were handed an envelope by the stewardess. Inside this envelope there are directions to the cottages along with the key to your room. (Your room number is on the key.) You may want to freshen up or take a quick nap before you join those who have already gathered inside.



As my guest today you are invited to take advantage of the beautiful gardens, walking paths, and any of the swimming pools. The pool you saw when you flew over in the helicopter is the Neptune Pool.

Daisy making a splash at the cast party.
Photo by Daisy

The final version of this pool as it stands today is 104' long, 58' wide and 95' wide at alcove. It is 3.5' -10' deep and holds 345,000 gallons of water. Light-veined Vermont marble decorates the pool and colonnades, the latter bearing four 17th-century Italian bas-reliefs. As you stroll down by the Neptune Pool you will see the stunning beauty of the valleys that surround you below on three sides and the Pacific Ocean beyond.



The Roman Pool is a tiled indoor pool decorated with eight statues of Roman gods, goddesses, and heroes. Opus and Roscoe, who traveled from Italy, will be especially interested to know that the mosaic tiled patterns were inspired by mosaics found in the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy. The Roman Pool is decorated from ceiling to floor with 1" square mosaic tiles. These glass tiles are clear with fused gold inside. The intense colors and shimmering gold of the tiles combine to create a breathtaking effect. By the Roman Pool are eight marble statues carved by Carlo Freter in Pietrasanta, Italy starting in 1930. I know most of you here do not care for the water but but pool areas are a must-see.








Gothic Study.

I will leave you at this point to tour around the castle, gardens or head over to your cottage for awhile.






Hor dourves and cocktails are set up in the Assembly Room; feel free to take your food and drink back to your cottage or with you as you tour from room to room. As you enter a new room in the castle be sure to peruse and enjoy the magnificent beauty that surrounds you.


The Assembly Room, which is the largest of the sitting four rooms.



Taking a pose for the photographers Charlie is caught in the Assembly Room. She wants all to know that she isn't really smoking.
Photo by Charlie


The Refectory, which is the single dining room at the Hearst Castle.



The Morning Room is a magnificent sitting room filled with Spanish antiques and Flemish tapestries.

The Hearst Wine Cellar.


Visiting the finest wine cellar in San Luis Obispo County are:
l-r: Opus, Percy, and Roscoe
Photo by Italia Photoga


Bonnie dressed for the holidays watching the beautiful sunset from the terrace.
Photo by Victor Tabbycat & Bonnie

The cocktail hour will last about two hours, then seating for dinner will begin.

Tomorrow's post will be a continuation of this day, presenting the evening events of the CCSI II party. See you all in a little bit.

51 comments:

DK & The Fluffies said...

Purrfect place for filming and parties.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

What a lovely place for a party. I will not go in a pool though.

G.

MoMo said...

That was just silly me deleting my own comment.

Gorgeous place! Never been anywhere like this before! I'll make sure I'm dressed for dinner. The pools are for lounging around only; I would rather not get wet, not now, not ever!

Jan said...

Oh, what a beautiful place for a party. We're so glad Percy is able to be with you all to share in this event. Jan is ecstatic you changed the dress code and took Percy with you. We can't wait to see tomorrow's story and hear the details from Percy.

Jan's Funny Farm residents

Sassy Cat said...

I'm finally here I couldn't get away from the press so I am afraid some of my guests has arrived before me. That is find as everyone has made themselves at home, and that they should, until I got here.
I flew in with Momo cat and Percy, I must say we laughed all the way over here. This is your day everyone have FUN!!!!

Daisy said...

What a lovely spot for the party! I am a little tired from the flight, I hope you do not mind if I take a dip in the pool. I sent you a photo, too.

Samantha & Tigger said...

We are so excited to be coming!! The place is beautiful! And the flight was first class!!
Your FL furiends,

Sassy Cat said...

DK & the Fluffies-Glad to see ya! I am so sorry I haven't gotten back to ya sooner but things have been so busy. When this show is over let's find some time to send together. Good to see ya.

Gemini-I thought so too, that is why I booked the castle for the party. I knew all would like it.

Momo-I deleted your delete, ha, ha. I thought ya would find this a beautiful place. Just lovely isn't it. Cannot wait to see ya in your evening dress.

Jan-Percy is fine, we are having a blast, I think the Italian cats are going to fix Percy up. If not there are things in the guest cottage for him.

Daisy-So glad ya made it, I didn't know that ya enjoyed the water so much. Looked like ya had a lot of fun in the outside pool.

Samatha & Tigger-Welcome, make yourselves at home. So glad ya came.

Party on all!

Sassy Cat said...

Momo cat says that she is going down to the wine cellar if anycat/dog want to go along with her she is leaving in about fifteen minutes.

Sassy Cat said...

Percy says that he has already been down in the wine cellar. And more than happy to go back down there.

Jan said...

What was Percy doing in the wine cellar? Jan thought he was supposed to be with the Italian snazzy dressers getting outfitted for tonight.

Jan's Funny Farm residents

Asta said...

Sassy
The accomaodations awe pawfection!!1 Thank you! evewything is so vewy comfowtable..I'm glad I bwought along mowe fowmal attiwe fow cocktails and dinnew..the setting is supewb
smoochie kisses
Asta

Sassy Cat said...

Jan-Percy is bring a supply up so we will have wine out on the patio later. He has been with the Italian cats for several hours working ideas out.

Asta-So glad ya are having a good time. I knew ya would. I tried to think of everything but if ya need anything that ya don't see just let me know.

Jan said...

Sassy, Thanks for letting us know. We were worried for a second. We'll make sure Jan knows Percy is being so helpful.

Jan's Funny Farm residents

Bonnie Underfoot said...

I'm on my way! I hope our weather isn't a problem for your excellent pilots! Victor is taking his time; he's not sure about leaving home when our beans all have to return through 6 inches of snow. He worries about them too much. See you soon!

Momo & Pinot said...

Hello Sassy and everyone!! Momo and Pinot are here. This is our first time to visit California and we're so excited. Whoa... the weather is so boootiful here.
Thank you for choosing this fabulous location for us!!!
Oh my sissy has arrived already with you and Percy. That's good. :)
This is going to be fun!

Momo & Pinot

PB & J said...

What a wonderful place for a party - plenty of room! Our Mommy and Daddy visited there once and they are jealous that they can't attend the party as well!

Jan said...

Sassy, This is sure a beautiful place to have a party. Thanks so much for you and Momo bringing me with you and to Opus and Roscoe for helping with my wardrobe. I'm having a blast. Wish Jan and the rest of the family could be here too, but I know she's busy and the rest of the Funny Farm are keeping her in line.

Percy,
Jan's Funny Farm

Cat Naps in Italy said...

We have been having such a great time getting to know our new friend Percey. Thank goodness that Roscoe has connections. He knows a cat who knows a cat who knows Roberto Cavalli's dog. Well we were hooked up with some great outfits thanks to these friends. Even better.... When Roberto Cavalli found out that Roscoe is a bit clumsy, he tossed in an extra jacket just "in case". It was a perfect fit for Percey!

We don't mean to be rude, but we have just spent the past few hours in the wine cellar with Pearcy discussing wine.

Maybe we all better go get something to eat now...

Too much wine plus not enough food = CRAZY CATS!

Hi to everyone who came while we were in the cellar!

Opus and Roscoe

Cat Naps in Italy said...

We must have spent too much time in the wine cellar as we can't seem to find the rest of the crowd. Where is everyone?

Opus and Roscoe

Karl & Ruis said...

Hey Sassy--

We are heee-reeee..., in the Roman Pool!! It's such a romantic place to be. There are some photos taken from us in this pool, but it's better to show those another time... ;)

Opus & Roscoe! Glad to see you both here too.

And Daisy..., WOW girl, in a bikini... :)

Hi to all!! We talk later, first we like something to drink...

Orable & Charlie said...

Pip pip I made it! Hello, Daaaaahlings!!!! Sassy, this is a beautiful place for a party! I had such a terrible time with dial-up, I thought I'd never make it, but then, a lady never arrives on time in showbiz!

Fabulous spread (my human loves the wine cellar). I think I shall lie on the terrace and take in the breathtaking view and sniff the fresh air!

Cheers, everyone!

-Charlie

Orable & Charlie said...

yum! a meat platter!....What with all of the trouble I'm having with software, modems and dial-up, I'm not even going to TRY to change the profile photo, so you are all welcome to stop by my blog and comment on my costume! Who's for tossing a ball?

-Charlie

Orable & Charlie said...

It's really great to see all of the cast and crew together - this is so exciting!

-Charlie

Momo & Pinot said...

It's great to see everyone here!!! Percy, Opus & Roscoe, can we join you guys at the cellar?

Momo & Pinot

Orable & Charlie said...

This wine cellar is indeed magnificent, and I have just learned that W R Hearst planned them very meticulously, with certain temperature controls, etc., for each type of wine and spirit's peculiarities, and so that none of the cellars continued into the next; they were each separate to guard against fire damage and theft! In stock in the 20's were the finest wines and spirits from France and Germany!

-Charlie

Victor Tabbycat said...

I's on my way! My furiend Pasta frum Flickr (and Ingland) wants to come, is that ok? She's a lovely tuxie girl and doesn't efun haf a condo, so would enjoy sum luxury attention!

Wow oh wow whata place! Can I open sum cupboards?

michico*Adan said...

This is just a palace!!
How wonderful could be here the party~!!!!! I am so so happy about~!!!!!!

Thank you for holding this wonderful party~!!!!!!!!!

I am here~!!!

Orable & Charlie said...

Sassy, our lovely hostess, you look divine in that long scarlet gown by the Roman and Neptune pool! That is you, isn't it - my eyesight's not what it once was!

licks & slobbers
-Charlie

Victor Tabbycat said...

Hey, don't furget the quality Catifornia wines!

Sassy, on the way home can I bisit my grandbeans in El Lay?

Jan said...

Oh, how handsome Percy looks, dressed just like Opus and Roscoe. They have been so good to Percy, helping him relax and enjoy himself. He made a quick call home (who was hiccuping in the background?) and said everyone is having a good time.

Sounds like the whole cast is assembled and things are going well.

Jan's Funny Farm residents

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I am so excited. I still don't know what to wear, but Ping is escorting me.

Sassy Cat said...

Jan's Farm-I already let Jan know that Percy is fine and having a blast. Most helpful up here at the party.

Bonnie-I am so glad that ya are here, I know Victory will be OK traveling even though the weather is bad is places. My pilots have a special thingie in their jets that allow them to travel with no problems.

Momo & Pinot so glad that ya a here, I do have a nanny that will help watch your little bro so ya can not worry about anything.

PB&J-Yes it is beautiful up here, the mom and dad of the house have been out there too a long time ago, it is a magnificant place.

Percy-Ya are more than welcome. I did let Jan know that ya are havin a good time. She is such a worry wart, but that is a good thing.

Opus & Roscoe-Thanks for helpin Percy out. I cannot wait to see him in his Italian clothes tomorrow for dinner. I am glad that ya three have been down in the wine cellar cause I had been told that the paid staff workin the party were gettin into things. Glad ya three were down there to keep an eye on things. And specking of Italian clothes, thank you so much for brining my outfit from Italy, I am so happy with it and feel like a million dollars. Ya two are such caring sweeties.
I think everyone has gone back to their cottage to chance for dinner. That will be posted about tomorrow, I am saying it is all one day though, ya can do that in the bloggin world.

Karl & Ruis-Glad ya are here, did ya notice I put ya in cottages next to each other. Think I will pass on those photos, ha, ha, ha.

Charlie-So glad ya made it, I checked in with your mom but just missed ya. Have a good time, Momo cat and Momo doggie along with Pinot have been looking for ya. Have a good time. Don't forget to check out the wine cellar too, some good wines to go with the meats. I didn't know that ya know so much about the wine cellar, that was interesting.

i am going to check on the other guests now as it is nearing the dinner hour.

Karl & Ruis said...

You look so breathtaking tonight, Sassy! And we had heard Little Productions is one of the best, but this is much more... Working with you, everything you do for your crew and cast..., it is overwhelming!!

Orable & Charlie said...

Great to see you, Sassy - and I'm having a wonderful time! I will tell my mum how good you've been to me; I know she will be very grateful! (we just had to restart this PC for the fourth time!)

Jan, pardon me, it was most likely me hiccupping and hacking - I tend to do that a lot in my old age; drives my mum crazy, but she understands!

Victor - I'm told that, whilst California is now a wine-growing centre, in the 20's the vinyards were not yet prolific enough around San Simeon, and Heart preferred the European vintages. However, there are now a number of decent and venerable Californian wines that are likely in the cellar - let's go check it out!

-Charlie

Orable & Charlie said...

I must say it again: what an absolutely divine place for a party, and a beautiful way for us all to come together in the midst of making this next episode of CCSI!

I have found a magnum of Champagne here in the cellar - Drappier, the kind preferred by Charles de Gaulle - and I would like everyone to fill their glasses and raise them to our kind and generous hostess, Sassy, in gratitude and appreciation for throwing a truly magnificent party for us all!

Cin cin!

-Charlie

Sassy Cat said...

Karl & Ruis-Thanks for the sweet words, I tell ya it is easy workin in this business when I have such a great crew and cast.

Charlie-Ya are most welcome! My pleasure to throw this party for all.

MoMo said...

Hi all,
This is SS calling from Cambodia. I hope MoMo is behaving and enjoying herself in this absolutely gorgeous place. I am sure all of you will take care of her and have a great time.

Samantha & Tigger said...

We have been so busy exploring everything that we lost track of everyone! This is the greatest party Sassy!! Hi Everyone!
Your FL furiends,

MoMo said...

Hey, Sassy, you look marvellous in your red outfit. Momo must be enjoying herself so much at your place. This is a free morning so I can get to the computer but i am not sure about hereafter. This is one great party you are hosting!

Sassy Cat said...

SS-Yes, Momo is the perfect houseguest, she has been so helpful to me. I am so glad that she has been here to help me with things, we have been so busy, but a fun busy. We are enjoying ourselves.

Oh SS Momo said to tell ya that she misses ya but is having a good time. She also hopes your journey is a good one for ya.

Samatha & Tigger-So nice to see ya, I think most all are in their cottages restin or gettin ready for dinner. I will post about that tomorrow, which I am continuing as one day. Ya can do things like that in the bloggin world.

Momo-So glad ya are havin fun. I just left a message from ya to SS. Told her about tall of the fun we have been havin. Soon it will be time for dinner.

Sassy Cat said...

To all of my guest, I am goin to excuse myself now and go to my cottage and rest up before dinner. I will meet ya all later by the front of the castle and tell ya about the evenings events. That will be available for ya to look at in the next post. See ya all soon.

China Cat said...

Oh, Willow and I are so glad to be here. Now that we have landed, we're off to our cottage to freshen up for dinner. Such a beautiful place for the party! Sassy, we look forward to seeing you later.

Purrrrrrs, China Cat

michico*Adan said...

Sassy, you must be very tired,
we can handle ourselves here.
Hurry have some naps.

Sassy Cat said...

Willow & China-How nice to see ya. Ya came at a good time, we are just getting ready to set up for dinner. Follow me.

Sassy Cat said...

Adan-I thought I heard your voice, I am glad I came back to check. I am goin to lay down just for 20 minutes. Then it will be dinner time. So glad ya are here, I hope ya are havin fun.

Asta said...

Sassy
I had a lovely west, a touw, a swim and a massage..thank you so thoughtful of you to pwovide that..I aways get a little sow on a flight no mattew how luxuwious...anyway I went to my bungalow fow a west and just came down fow cocktails..I was so happy to see evewyone else has awwived..Pewcy, Opus and Roscoe all told me about the fabulousnes of the wines..they'we going to advise me on what to dwink with dinnew...it's all tooo tooo fabulous!
smoochie kisses
Asta

Bogdan, the editor said...

Whoa. You guys were right by my house. You should have stopped by!

DEBRA said...

Wow I sure hope I didn't embarrass Gemini....this was a very swanky place...

Purrs
Ping

Cat Naps in Italy said...

We had such a great time so far! Can't wait to see what else is next!

Darn jet lag! We have been up for hours and STILL everyone is asleep!

Love,
Opus and Roscoe
WAKE UP!!!!!!!!

Sassy Cat said...

Asta-I am so glad ya have taken advantage of all that the Hearst Castle has to offer. I also know that tye Italian boys (Opus & Roscoe) know a lot about fine wines. Listen carefully to what they have to say.

Bogdan-How nice of ya to drop by, it is always good to meet somecat new. I will visit more with ya when these crazy holidays are over and the CCSI II show is as they say in the can. Please stay and join us for dinner.

Debra-I don't think ya embarrassed Gemini, but I do want to know what ya did that ya thought ya might have??

Opus & Roscoe-Yes that darn jet lag is a problem, it is bad enough traveling but that six hours difference sure makes a difference. Just take advantage of your cottage and rest when ya need to. I also want to say how handsome both of ya look all dressed up. As the mom of the house says "we sure do clean up good, huh", ha, ha, ha. So glad ya are here.

 

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