Not only did we have a great time, but we also had some very funny moments, which I scribbled all over my brochure as we toured.
When we first got there, we stopped by the bathrooms. The girls didn't have to go, so I told them to stand in a certain spot to wait for me. Then I looked directly at Elegant and said, "And no peeking under any of the stalls this time." I turned around to find two older women covering their faces, trying desperately not to laugh.
We were walking through the Salon and saw a bust of Napoleon Bonaparte on a pedestal. The pedestal was tall, putting Napoleon's head at about 6'. Pete looked at it and said, "They should have made it lower."
Later on, as we were going through the Louis XVI bedroom, which was a very fancy room, Elegant commented that she really liked the decor (think "high bordello"). I told the girls they could always decorate their houses this way when they're grown up. Graceful replied, "Maybe. But I won't care how messy my house is. I'm going to be that sort of carefree woman." I turned around to see another stranger shaking with laughter.
In another room, there was a small collection of samurai swords on display. Elegant asked what samurais were. Graceful's response was, "They were like ninjas. They're big and don't give you any mercy."
As we were walking through the gardens, I commented to the girls that Biltmore House was like an amusement park for me. (I knew they'd get this reference to Pete's huge love of amusement parks.) Pete's comment was, "Oh yeah, it's just like an amusement park, only without the fun rides, entertaining shows, or anything interesting, for that matter."
We head back for home tomorrow...