Tours, travels, hikes and journeys!

On November 2nd, I headed over to Old Town San Diego to walk around and take in the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. This celebration takes place on Nov. 1 and 2, and honors the deceased.  Some traditions believe that the veil is thinnest between the worlds during this time.  So this day is called The Day of the Dead.  Altars are placed around Old Town, some in front of stores, some in the plazas, some in restaurants, some inside the old historic buildings and one in the old cemetery. 

Here are some photos I took of various altars. You can click on a photo to enlarge it.

Here is one for Adam West, the TV Batman. All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys.

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Here is one where visitors were invited to take a blank colored wooden stick and write the name of a deceased loved one and place it in the altar.

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Most altars included skulls, photos of loved ones, flowers, items that represented the deceased, and treats for the deceased.

Also, placed around Old Town were many elegantly attired skeletons.  Here is one lovely “lady”.

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There were several people there that would paint your whole face or half a face with the skull decoration.  Several groups were performing music and dances.  On the evening of the 2nd, there was a procession that visited several of the altars and ended at the cemetery.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour of Old Town.  Here is the website that lists events, history, and various businesses.    http://www.oldtownsandiego.org/

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In my visit to Balboa Park, in San Diego, CA, last week, I made my way to Spanish Village.  Spanish Village is designed to look like a little old village.  The pathway is paved with various bright colored stones.  There are studios of glass art, wood art, textiles, painting, jewelry, sculptures, gemstones and much much more.  I found these 3 whimsical sculptures.  Two of them are made to sit upon and there is a sign inviting you to have your picture taken in them and posted to a webpage.

The first one is a mermaid.  In the background you can see a bright metal woman and a few other sculptures.

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The next one is a mermaid chair you can sit upon. You can see a dog sculpture and a wooden female sculpture in the background.

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And lastly, here is bench that is a couple of wild west characters.

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If you’re in San Diego, come check out Balboa Park. Spanish Village is in the NE corner before you get to the Zoo.

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Hello again,

The Botanical building regularly changes their displays.  On this visit, there was a display of various orchids.  Since I don’t know the names of them, I’ll just show you the photos.  I love that these orchids are delicate and whimsical  in color and shape.  If you are in San Diego, come check out Balboa Park. There is so much to see and do. You can click on any photo to see it more closely.

 

 

 

Hope you have enjoyed these and my walk through the Botanical Building at Balboa Park.

 

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Hello all!

Last week I went to Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. I hadn’t been there in awhile and wanted to see what was blooming.  I found so much beauty in the Botanical Building.  I enjoy walking around and looking at the lovely architecture but often what grabs my eye is the plant life.

I’m dividing my post into two posts. This first one includes pictures of 5 beautiful plants and their neighbors. As usual, I don’t know what their names are but I love the textures, shapes, and colors.

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

This one had these large green leaves, that almost look like the lily pads you see in ponds. And then, it had this tiny delicate blossoms.

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This one has thicker leaves that are scalloped.

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I love the design on these leaves and how one side is various greens and the back side is that deep wine color.

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These blossoms were a surprise amidst the large fronds.

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There was entire center planter with these lovely variegated fall colored plants.

I hope you have enjoyed these.  Thanks for joining me on the walk through the Botanical Garden. If you are in San Diego, come check out Balboa Park.  There is so much to see and do there.

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The Wind in the Willows

I enjoy this blog. She and her husband renovated a house in France and live there with her family. Sometimes the posts are about food or something about their house, sometimes it is about places they travel to or visit. This post has wonderful insect photographs, among other beautiful scenes as well. Enjoy!

Our French Oasis

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What do the subjects in these two photos have in common?

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Hibiscus Flowers!

I noticed so many varieties and colors of Hibiscus flowers along my walking paths.  Here are photos of two from the same bush.

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Photo by Katelon T Jeffereys

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Photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

Hope you have enjoyed these. Thanks for taking a look at my blog, liking them, commenting and/or following!

Love, katelon

 

Flowers Along My Walks…….

Hello!  I love seeing all the various beautiful flowers along my walking paths, so much color and beauty, variety of size and shape. I rarely know the names of them, so if you do, please leave a comment.  I just refer to them as pretty purple, stunning yellow…. 🙂 All photos taken with my phone camera.

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No name Yellow 🙂  photo by Katelon T Jeffereys

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Sunflower next to a little beach area cafe. Photo by Katelon T Jeffereys

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Plumeria Photo by Katelon T Jeffereys

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This might be an Hibiscus as the leaves looked the same as the Hibiscus next to it, but not sure.  Photo by Katelon T Jeffereys

Hope you’ve enjoyed some of the beauty along my walking paths.

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Love, katelon

I’ve driven by this interesting home numerous times but never stopped to see it. The other day, I was up at Clairemont Square and decided to walk back to Clairemont Drive and Burgener Drive.  I ended up walking by this place so stopped to take pictures.  I looked it up online and according to their Facebook Page, it is a restaurant and Temple, although their FB page hasn’t been updated since 2016, so I don’t know its status now. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chua-Dinh-Thanh/114417415352103  But it certainly stands out amidst other gray, beige, white and plainer houses on the same street 🙂

It is located at 4252 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 92117. If you drive by it you can’t miss it as the yellow walls and red trim stand out much more than the photos show. 

Here are 3 photos of the place.  Enjoy!

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Hello All,

I was walking west on Taylor Street the other day, walking from the bus/trolley area, and noticed these beautiful murals painted underneath the I-8 and I-5 overpass.

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This one honors the five branches of service.

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This one depicts the San Diego river.

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This one celebrates Old Town San Diego.

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This one depicts the Coronado Bridge.

I love how San Diego has so much street art around the city. Come check it out!

Thanks for walking with me!

Passion Flowers!

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