Tours, travels, hikes and journeys!

Hello all… Richard of inspired me to check something out at Balboa Park.

Spanish Village is a group of studios, in the Northeast part of Balboa Park, where artists of all mediums make and sell art.  Right now they have a mixed media display to celebrate the Centennial being celebrated at Balboa Park.  Each piece represents a different art style of the last 100 years.  I took photos of the various pieces.

I started my visit there by noticing this lovely tree with such pretty variegated leaves:


The first  piece represents the style called “steampunk”:


Next was “Cubism”.  I love the frog near the bottom of the piece:


This  represents the 1930’s Work Progress Administration that provided work for artists during the depression:


The next one I took photos of the front and back. It is “psychedelic”.  It has a double kaleidoscope on it.



The next one represents “Abstract Expressionism” :

The next one is ” Photo realism” :


The next one is “minimalism” :


And the last one is “Graffiti”:


Hope you enjoyed this.  There was a fair amount of shade that day so the photos aren’t the clearest, but hopefully you got an idea of the beauty and creativity of the artists. I invite you to go check out the display and all the beautiful offerings in the Village.

I follow a wonderful blog  and a year ago or so, Richard posted pictures of some pretty fountains he had found near the Balboa Park Administration building. It is on the east side of Park Ave., across the street from the main Balboa park buildings and museums.  I finally went there the other day to explore and here are pictures of my journey.

Here is a picture of the administration building. Somehow, both my photos chopped off some of the top :)


Then I walked around the back and found several walkways with these lovely Moorish rounded structures:


I loved this fountain and took a picture of the fountain and also the inside of the fountain:



There were tiled benches all along the many walkways:


Richard had talked of a kind of hidden pool he had found so I explored and found it, too.  It was a pool used for the Navy men when they had stayed at the Navy hospital that is now the administration building (I think?):


Here is a closer look at the sweet statue in the middle.  The pool had lovely tiled benches surrounding the pool, too.:


I walked down this lovely tree lined street that led to the Recreation center:


The building next to the administration building is the Veteran’s Museum and Memorial Center. Outside of it and to the west, is another lovely fountain.  It honors Brigadier General Robert L. CardenasHere is a statue of him, the fountain with a statue of a  WWII B-24 Liberator plane and the inside of the fountain:




I hope you have enjoyed this little tour. Go check it out yourself. You can park in the parking lot, walk around and you can also catch the free tram that will take you over to the main part of Balboa Park.  Enjoy!


I remember seeing photos of this event last year, on Richard’s blog. Amazing art work! This event takes place yearly in the Little Italy section of San Diego, CA.

Originally posted on Cool San Diego Sights!:

Friendly artist at 2015 Festa in San Diego's Little Italy shows me the source material for her Balboa Park themed chalk art creation! Amazing artist at 2015 Festa in San Diego’s Little Italy.  Smiling, she shows me the source material for her Balboa Park themed chalk art!

Brace yourself! Here come dozens of super cool photos! Check out the amazing chalk art created today for 2015 Festa in San Diego’s Little Italy!  The special theme this year is the centennial of Balboa Park!

Gesso Italiano chalk art is a tradition at Little Italy’s Festa, and every year I’m blown away by all the colorful creations. Most of the images this year are inspired by beautiful Balboa Park, or paintings or artifacts contained in its museums. I arrived to take photos about an hour before the event opened, and many artists were still hard at work. I spoke to one who said their masterpiece took about seven hours to complete. Now that’s dedication to art!

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Last Saturday, I was at the California Watercolor Society, at Liberty Station, in San Diego, CA. I started wandering through the hallway and along the front porch and found these wonderful benches. Hope you enjoy them! I’d never been to Liberty Station before. It is huge!!! It used to be an old Naval complex and now the part of it that is restored is housing restaurants, businesses and non-profits.

Enjoy the photos:

Notice in the top one the bench marked “welcome”.







I was lucky to get a spa treatment at Beauty Kliniek, last Thursday. The treatment was a re-gift from my present host, a birthday present for me. I’ve experienced many years of giving and receiving therapies, in spas, resorts,  chiropractic offices, and  private practice. On one hand, I am discerning after my 37 years of doing the work professionally myself, but on the other hand, I am easy to please and not directive when I am the receiver.

I was very impressed with how extensive the offerings are here, all the services and the space itself. I asked for and received a tour before my session. The spa is 8000 sq. feet with a Beauty/hair salon, a day spa, a wellness center, a eucalyptus stream room, an infared sauna, lockers rooms, a Vichy shower for body treatments, a hydrotherapy tub, whirlpool pedicure thrones, a couples massage room, a spa boutique, a classroom and two relaxation areas.

Here are some pictures:


This is the entrance. It is in a small shopping area on the NE corner of Regents Road and Governor Drive.


Here is part of the lobby/entrance.  This area includes the receptionist desk, chairs and several shelves and counters with make up and other items for sale.


Here is the salon.  They offer full hair salon services, waxing, nails, make up , all in different areas. They even offer laser hair removal, Photo Genesis and medical laser treatments, Laser genesis, botox, collagen, fillers and other medical beauty/anti-aging treatments.

They have treatment rooms where they offer various facials, and micro-current facial sculpting, too.

Their body treatment list is extensive with various body wraps, salt glow scrubs, and a hydrotherapy tub. They offer deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, Hawaiian Lomi ke Ah Hoku massage, clinical aromatherapy, pregnancy massage, Thai massage, reflexology and manual lymph drainage.


This is the couple’s massage room.

I had signed up for the combo massage, which the spa menu stated included craniosacral, energy balancing, reflexology, tui na, acupressure and several other modalities including Swedish.  I am trained in several therapies myself and have received numerous ones over the years, including that list, and only really noticed receiving swedish and deep tissue work in my massage last Thursday. I felt a little disappointed that there wasn’t reflexology and energy balancing, however, I was very pleased with the work I received. Tasia, was my therapist, and I found her pressure firm, nurturing and confident.  The table was VERY comfy and the treatment included nice touches like a warm towel on my back after that area was massaged, a warm towel under my neck when I was face up, a warm pad on my belly, and a warm towel on my feet after the treatment was complete.


This was my room.

Along with the above treatments, they have treatments and packages that focus on slimming, detoxing, spa treatments, colon hydrotherapy, packages for Brides, Executive packages, and anything from a few hours long package to all day, including a light lunch.

They focus on the whole body and to support that, they also offer yoga and other classes, wellness programs and acupuncture.

There are two relaxation areas I saw, both set up with water, fruit and hot tea. The chairs were very comfy to relax in.



They actually mix their own aromatherapy blends according to the needs of the client.


When I checked in, I was led to the women’s locker room where I was given a locker with a key, clean slippers and a comfy robe. There was a changing room, a shower area, bathroom, sink area and they had all the amenities anyone could want to freshen up to return out into the world.


Here is the classroom:


I liked that they offered many supplements, aromatherapy oils, lotions, and other beauty/relaxation support items for sale, to support the benefits achieved at the spa.

If you are in the San Diego area, come check out this award winning day spa. They are celebrating their 33rd anniversary in Oct.!

Last Sunday after attending a Kundilini Yoga community workshop, I headed over to Balboa Park.  I parked on the east side, behind the Fleet Science museum and walked west.  I’d never walked over the Cabrillo Bridge, so decided to do that.

I stopped to take a few pictures of the Museum of Man.   I’ve seen some pictures of its interior and it looks like a lovely place to see, but for quite awhile, one of their exhibits is about instruments of torture, and I don’t want to even walk in there with that in there.

The outside is very lovely though.




Then I walked past these lovely succulents in a flower bed near the museum.



Cabrillo Bridge was designed by Thomas B. Hunter, of San Francisco for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. It was designed after bridges in Mexico and Spain.  It is built mostly of Redwood as its base.  The entire length of the bridge is 916 feet including approaches, with the main span of 450 feet.  It is 120 feet high. There are 7 arches each measuring 56 feet across.  It was started in Dec. 1912 and dedicated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in April 12, 1914.  It was the first multiple arched cantilever bridge built in CA.

I didn’t get pictures of the bottom of the bridge as I was walking over it :)

It was built to span over Cabrillo Canyon. HWY 163 passes underneath it, which was completed in Feb. 1948.

Here is a  picture of the bridge from the top, looking east toward the Museum of Man.


Here’s the plaque.


When you cross the bridge to the west, there is park on both the north and south sides.  The north side has this lovely tree planter heralding the entrance to Balboa park.


On the south side of the bridge once you cross to the west is a dog park and walking trails.

Here is the lovely view of downtown San Diego and the freeway, looking south from the bridge.


If I ever get the opportunity to take a picture of the bridge from down below I’ll add it :)

Thanks for walking with me, hope you enjoyed the journey.  It was early evening and the park still had visitors but it had that quieter energy that happens there as the crowds dissipate.

Last Thursday night I headed over to Balboa park, in San Diego, CA,  for the last concert of the summer Twilight in the Park series.  The Band was The Legends. They were great and fun, playing mostly 50’s and 60’s music.  There were a group of people dancing on the right side of the area and in front, and sprinkled throughout….people dancing in couples, groups, with their kids or just standing and swaying like me:)

Here is a photo of the band (distance…see them….tiny….:))



The concert was held at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion.  There were people with picnics, children playing with hula hoops and dogs galore.

There were also some old cars on display.



The next day I was walking in the neighborhood and walked past this lovely pickup.


Another fun evening in Balboa park, obviously one of my favorite places to go to in San Diego.  Thanks for joining me.

Did you hear any concerts this summer?

The 4th was my birthday and I’d thought of going to check out this park that evening but had a headache most of the day. So I headed over on the 5th, just in time for the sunset.

This park is named after Kate Sessions, in 1957, to celebrate her 100th birthday.  She is famous in San Diego due to all the work she did with Balboa Park.  She is responsible for much of the plantings there and bringing plants in from other countries. She was a teacher, a botanist, a horticulturist, and a landscape architect.

The park has play structures, picnic tables, BBQ pits, parking, bathrooms, and beautiful views that include views of Mission Bay, the Coronado Bay Bridge and even the hills of Tijuana, MX.

The park is 79 acres, some is landscaped and manicured and there is a large amount of land that is left to natural habitat, with hiking trails.

Here is the map on how to get there:

Here are some pictures:


Grassy field with bay view.


Play structure.


Hiking trails.


Grassy fields with views.


More grassy fields with views.


Beginning of sunset.


Beautiful sunset sky.


Sunset almost done.

Hope you’ve enjoyed your time at Kate Sessions Memorial park.  Come check it out when you are in San Diego.

Thanks for reading!

Fun Day At Balboa Park

I had to drop a friend off to catch the train so decided to grab a scone and coffee and then head over early yesterday to Balboa Park  Come join me on my day!!!

I’d never taken a tour so decided to take the 11:00 am Ranger led tour.  I had some time before that, so drove to the park behind the Fleet Science Center. I was amazed at how empty the parking lot was as I usually get there in the afternoon.  Later when I was leaving, cars were circling the parking lot waiting for a space to open up.


I pulled out my beach towel and sat underneath a nice big tree, and spent some time doing spiritual work.


There was a nice view of the California Building Tower off in the distance.


When it was getting closer to the tour start time, I decided to walk over early so I’d have some time to explore.  On my way between the building housing the Railroad museum and Zorro Butterfly garden, I saw this amazing tree that hadn’t grown up but rather sideways, almost lying on the ground.


I met a woman from LA before the tour started, and later met her friend and we shared time together. So that was a nice surprise. I really enjoyed the tour. Although I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Balboa park and watched a video about its history,  in the History museum, the tour added some interesting information. The tour guide was warm and informative. These tours are held at 11:00 on Sunday and Tuesday, meeting at the Visitors Center, in the Hospitality building. They also lead a botanical tour at 11:00 am on Sat. and an architectural tour on the first Friday, at 10:00 am.

Before we left on the tour, I noticed this great bench in the newly redone Central Plaza.


Here we are, heading out on the tour.


The tour guide explained that some of the present day buildings were built for the 1915 exposition and the 1930″s exposition and only built with temporary use in mind. So these buildings had to be torn down and rebuilt. The building housing the Railroad museum and other museums is hollow inside, and she explained that if you tap on the structure, you will hear it.

1 Entrance to San Diego History Museum

She also explained that the busts near the top of the building have men’s heads and women’s bodies. I thought I had a picture of them but I couldn’t find it. Sorry.

The building across the street from this one, the El Prado building that houses many offices and a great gathering of sculptures, is made of concrete, so it is more solid sounding if you tap it.  On our walk I noticed the wonderful statues on the east side of the building.  There are a couple figures that look like Native Americans.


The park started as undeveloped land and the first plans drawn up were to leave it mostly that way, as an open park. It is larger than Central Park in NY.  On the West side of Freeway 163, there are parks and stands of great trees.  On the east side, east of Florida Street, is Florida Canyon. The guide relayed several interesting stories about its various uses before all the development of the park. There are many trails there now and various habitats to explore and east of that are more developed recreational facilities.

Kate Sessions is responsible for helping expand the variety of vegetation and trees in the park, and especially for bringing in specimens from other countries.

When we walked past the botanical building, I noticed lotus plants growing.  The guide told of a few disasters from the past, with others not respecting the delicate balance of the ponds. She shared that they’ve had people dump in catfish and other fish as well, which isn’t a great idea.  Here are some pictures of a tall growing lotus and some lotus on the pond. The lattice work on top of the Botanical Building is made of redwood.





And some ducks wandering around.


After the tour, the two women went with me to explore the hospitality houses. They were celebrating Columbia so there was a line up outside the food booth….


People waiting for the performances to start at 2:00, relaxing and listening to the Colombian music…


And a couple booths set up selling various products….



I bought some Arroz con Leche (rice pudding), from a Colombian booth and an almond cake slice from the German Hospitality house….


I left before the performances as it was too hot and sticky for me. On the walk back, I passed this guy who is dressed up like a bronzed Shakespearean day performer. People pay to get their picture taken with him.

And that concludes my walk. Hope you enjoyed it, especially since you got to stay cool while viewing it on your screen!

Thanks for joining me. Thanks for reading and supporting my blog.

It’s always interesting to me to look at different houses..the colors, the landscaping, the styles, all the various ways people can make a house their own. The decisions homeowners make are ones they will have to live with for many years, so choosing the details isn’t just like buying a new wardrobe for the season. To me, too…art is everywhere in colors, designs, lines, textures, contrasts, etc.

I walk my landlady’s dog daily so I’ve gotten to know the neighborhood well. I started noticing different driveways, so,  the other morning, I decided to walk and see what I could find. It was early out and I struck up a few conversations with neighbors as they spotted me taking pictures. I explained I was taking pictures of driveways. There was a pause (as if they were saying “driveways” … why???), but then they’d tell me about their driveway and the challenges of slopes and angles.

So here are some I spotted:

There were several driveways using the theme of regular concrete bordered and dissected by red brick:

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There was the use of borders to add contrast, whether the substance was colored concrete or a marble like substance, some with one main continuous solid piece, and some with squares or rectangles:

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There were driveways with various patterns of bricks and other different color products:

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There were two driveways that seemed to be either pebbled or some kind of asphalt pattern:

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There were two with coral colored concrete, using a pattern:

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There were 4 mosaic type patterned driveways:

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One very random rectangle pattern:


And my favorite, a colored polished concrete driveway with a randomly placed brick circle:


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