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Sunday, May 18, 2008

FILOLI - a day trip

After living in the bay area for ten years, we found a place this week that we have driven past over the years, but never checked out.

Somehow we did not even register the sign on Highway 280 that says "FILOLI - next exit. National Historic Landmark Site".

Thanks to Anu.P and K. we knew about the existance of this wonderful place called FILOLI.

It is a mansion named for FIght LOve LIve. You can read more at their website.

We had a blast. It was a really hot day, but some of the gardens in the place were extremely cool and refreshing. We also went on a self tour of the mansion. Wow!! It was just amazing. The whole family had a blast. The added bonus was that we were joined by the cousins and a host of friends!

The best part was that daddy got to dance with his daughters in a beautiful ballroom and there was a lady playing wonderful waltzes on a piano in the corner.

Here is the trip in pictures.

The Landmark marker!

Posing with the kids and the MIL at the garden entrance...

Have no idea what this flower was, but it was inviting the camera. Missed my Tamron for a few seconds there!

The wonderful Allium. We have this in our house as well. The ones in our front yard never got to this size!

A wall of flowers!

A beautiful shot of San with the kids in front of the garden!

Jr. in front of the pool and clock tower.

This was a beautiful arrangement at the end of the rose garden

The rose garden. Really well maintained. Jr. though had a big issue with the "buggies" aka bees and wasps!

Another fantastic garden with tall well pruned hedges. When you have 654 Acres of land at your disposal, you can have many such gardens each visually more enchanting than the previous one!

The rose garden

A sample of the roses (there are lots of rose portraits, liked this one the best)

Note the dark pink looking plant on the right of this photo...

It is full of a rose looking miniature!

One of the coolest places at FILOLI outside the gardens

One of the majestic rooms at the Estate mansion! Gives you some idea of what half a million dollars can get you in the mid 1800's!

The ladies of the estate used to have tea ceremonies where they would gather and discuss the matters of the day. So says the informational video! When you put two Madrasi granny's in the same location a 150 years later, they still have a discussion alright, tea or otherwise! The two grannies were busy discussing anything under the sun (or shade) while the younger generation was busy running after the youngest generation!

One of the murals on the walls of the ballroom. Apparently made in the artists studio in New York. How they got it to this place in the mid 1800's is beyond me! Ship? Road? Did they break it in sections?

Finally a picture of daddy with the little one. A little blurry but you can still make out the happiness in the little one's face when she is dancing. She has this divine smile!

It was a memorable trip. If you happen to live in the bay area or you are visiting in spring or early summer, this is guranteed to be a good day of fun!


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I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 1:17 AM, Blogger Kavi wrote...

Interesting ! The blurred smile that is yet so divine !

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 3:17 AM, Blogger dipali wrote...

Lovely place and pictures, and delightful darlings dancing with Daddy:)

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 7:58 AM, Blogger Anu wrote...

So glad you got to check it out.. We hopefully will be going again as soon as possible..btw did you pick anything for your garden from their nursery ?

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:17 AM, Blogger mitr_bayarea wrote...


nice pics on Filoli....we will also visit soemtime soon.

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:34 AM, Blogger Swatantra wrote...


Nice pictures! How are the little ones doing!


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