Monday, December 7, 2009
The Biltmore Estate lit up for Christmas
Home. The word evokes a lot of emotion. Last weekend I visited the largest private home in the US ( 175,000 sq ft.), The Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. My daughter in law Jennifer gave me tickets so my daughter Kathleen and I went up for the afternoon. The estate is 8000 acres, a mere shadow of its original size of 125,000 acres. It was designed to be a self sustaining estate, therefore ahead of it's time in some ways. For decades its magnificent house and grounds survived from the proceeds of it's dairy. Today there are tours , wine production, and a new Inn on the grounds. Visiting such an incredible estate brings to mind many questions about life, history , and how we as individuals fit into this intricate web of economy and society. There is a lot of history to be perused. Enjoying the lights with a moment to reflect within about my humble place in the Universe.
My daughter Kathleen looking quite European in Front of Le Chateau