Building Castles in the Sky: Kykuit, an American dynasty’s Mount Olympus

Imagine this: you're enthroned on Mount Olympus, gazing down to observe the masses of scrambling humanity below, the world at your feet.  A dazzling picture greets you:   elegant gardens cradle rose patches, weeping cherry trees sway in the breeze; sparkling brooks flow past massive boulders, water  ripples, reflects in pools and splashes from fountains; sprawling, …

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Faint heart never won fair lady: Nemours, a testament to love

Declarations of love come in many ways.  Some are modest, wrapped in flowers, chocolate, cards and letters.  Others arrive in lavish trinkets of gold or diamonds.  And then there are  extravagant gestures.  These days, adoration can take the form of proposals made to the backdrop of a flash mob dancing, or showers of luxury gifts …

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