Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Visit to Solomon’s Castle

Sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80’s today, we decided to make a visit to Solomon's Castle.

Howard Solomon is an internationally known sculptor. He started building his “Castle” some 45 years ago and to this day at 77 years of age, he still is constantly creating something.

Solomon with Wilma

It’s just amazing the creativity this man has. To imagine something in his mind and create it “from scrap”.

Walking from the parking area, up the winding road, you first notice the “Castle” through the Live Oak Trees.

First look at the Castle

Just to think that this man built this Castle by himself. We paid the $10 per person tour price and were happy with the complete tour of the Castle. Again we were set back in amazement by the stories we heard. We even were given a tour of Howards personal living area, his kitchen and living room.

Entrance guarded by Knights in Armour

There was just too many “Sculptures” in the Castle so we chose to take photo’s of a few of them.

Made from parts of an old Corn Planter

Elephant made from an Oil Drum, Husks are Manitee Ribs, Toes are Shells

After the tour we chose to have lunch in the “Boat in the Moat” restaurant. The Boat is about 65 feet in length and at least 2 stories high. All built by Howard, board by board. Great food, atmosphere, and prices.

The Boat in the Moat Restaurant

Boat in the Moat indoor restaurant

Outdoor Restaurant

Where we ate our lunch.

After a delicious lunch, it was time to take the 30 mile ride back “home” to our RV.

Exiting after a great tour and lunch

This ride took us past several Cattle Ranches. But what was more beautiful was the commercial Orange Groves.

The Orange Blossom Scent was amazing.

Acres upon acres of Orange Groves. I just couldn’t get enough of the scent from the orange blossoms as it entered the car with our windows rolled down.

Today was a great day and very memorable for both Wilma and I.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

2 comments:

  1. How neat! And to have a personal tour. It must be an awesome thing to imagine something like a castle and build it yourself and it all work and go together piece by piece!

    The live oaks are pretty along the walk...reminds me of a plantation...nice photo!

    ReplyDelete
  2. We were there about three years ago-glad to see they are still doing well:)

    ReplyDelete