My footsteps echoed ever so softly as I mounted the stairs lightly upon the rich woollen carpet that graced the long hallway and staircase. Turning around I looked with one glance at the movement of the stairwell as it unfolded in a pattern of symmetrical and elegant beauty. Before me, the sophistication of European flair, manifested itself in full force. The Mansion seemed to effortlessly blend Italian styled architecture complemented with Victorian period interiors, brilliantly adorned with Classical period columns reminding one of antiquity. As I stood in awe, the memory of the tranquil gardens surrounding the building in a living embrace of natural beauty and serenity, added to the marvellous spectacle. The beauty and elegance of this mansion inspired me and captured my imagination with its masterful combination of elegant European architectural elements of a bygone era. For a moment, I yearned for a time long ago, to experience that which was barely kindled by the childlike creativity of my imagination.