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Back to the Biltmore House

By Vickilane
Back to the Biltmore House
I made a return trip to the Biltmore House yesterday, thanks to my kind blog friend who sent me some free passes. It was a glorious, blue-skied, mild day and enough spring bulbs and flowering trees were blooming to make it a most desirable place to be.
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Evidently others felt the same. I was kinda unprepared for the crowds and the lines . . .
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And I quickly decided to forego the tour of the interior (which I've seen many times over the years) in favor of enjoying the exterior.
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And a fairly spectacular exterior it is . . . reminiscent (and in some parts copied from) the chateaux of the Loire Valley.
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It's pretty amazing -- and incredibly well maintained  . . .
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Such amazing detail everywhere . . .
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And lots of decorative statuary, including a pair of winsome sphinxes atop the entry gates who seem to be wondering if this pose makes their butts look big.
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Two charming lions on the front terrace seem to be worrying  -- maybe they wonder where all those people came from.
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A gargoyle is above it all . . .
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At one side of the house a pergola is twined with massive wisteria vines . . .
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More statuary just over the wall . . . I think he's ignoring us.
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Walks through the garden were beautiful and busy . . .
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And most visitors seemed to be as cheerful as this cherub . . .
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Or  this frolicsome pair (of statues) though the visitors kept their clothes on . . .
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This fella and his dog caught my eye . . .
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A nice looking dog except for the weird teeth.
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I wasn't the only one taking pictures of statues . . .
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Most people seemed to mainly take pictures of each other.
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The tracery of shadows added to the decorative treatment above the window . . .
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Beautiful work everywhere.
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Architectural detail, shadows, and reflections -- an embarrassment of riches!
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At last I'd had my Biltmore fix and was ready to head home . .
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On the way out, I paused to get a shot of the walled garden I visited a few weeks ago -- now bright with daffodils and pansies -- and a group of young women picnicking on the grass.  What a fine way to spend a gorgeous day!
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