Building a huge house for yourself and your family and calling it a castle.
This is Craigdarrock Castle in Victoria, BC. It's a big building with a lot of nice stuff in it and it's main function is to relieve tourists of their money.
Do I seem cynical? Well, I am a bit.
The man who built this house, Robert Dunsmuir, made his fortune by exploiting whomever he could; fellow immigrant miners from Britain, immigrant workers from China and Japan and local Aboriginal peoples, in a dangerous industry (coal mining) where death and injury were common. He has been described as one of British Columbia's most ruthless, avaricious employers and one of the earliest symbols of unbridled capitalism in BC. (These description are from a book. I'm trying to find the book. I can't find the feckin' book.)
I can appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship in various aspects of the building; especially the beautiful woodwork and stained glass. Here, on 'Victoria Daily Photo' are some excellent photos of the interior. I love the woodwork, windows and doo-dads; they are beautiful.
As is the neighbourhood, Rockland, that surrounds the castle. It's a lovely neighbourhood with some very gorgeous homes. Actually, much more beautiful and with far more charm than the castle, imo. I had intended to visit the castle on Saturday but after a very nice walk through Rockland, I felt ill seeing that monstrosity. I can't help it; there is something very distasteful, cold and inhuman to me about Craigdarrock Castle... Sorry. I couldn't be arsed to even cross the street, let alone, shell out ten bucks to go in. Bleugh...
I should work for the Tourism Board, eh?