Tours, travels, hikes and journeys!

Last Sat. I went to Balboa Park, to the International Cottage area in the west side of the park, just east of the Automotive museum area and west of Spreckels Organ Pavilion, to enjoy the English Village Fete. Before ever getting to the area I saw riders getting ready to ride through the park on their Penny Farthing Bicycles.

There were several booths including information booths, the San Diego Costume Guild booth and a food booth.

 Wome in cosstme and dapper gentleman next to the food booth

San Diego Costume Guild Costume guild and scene of more booths Booth of stuff for sale

Women in costume at booth

Scattered throughout the area were many people in period costume, dressed up for the fete and also to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition that is being celebrated throughout Balboa Park this year.

Women in costume and Penny Farthing bikes Women having tea English Festival Princess and women in costume

Some were dressed up for the fashion show provided by the San Diego Costume Guild.  There was Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Sherlock and Dr. Watson

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Constance Collier, a famous actress that started out in silent films and went on to do talkies and then become an acting coach who worked with Marilyn Monroe and others.

Constance Collier famous actress

Annie Besant, the famous Theosophist, writer, socialist, Women’s rights activist and much more.

Annie Besant famous theosophist activist writer

Valerie Crawley from the TV show Downton Abbey.

Valerie Crawley Downton Abbey

Here are more of the Guild members lined up at the end.

Costume Guild Finale

I got the steak and mushroom pie and salad. I was not impressed as the steak and mushrooms were barely warm at all, in fact almost room temperature, with the crust just placed on top.  I liked the Scottish food from last week much better.

Steak and mushroom pie

There were sweets and tea for sale and displays in the House of England.

House of England

The Chivalry group was setting up as I was leaving.

Setting up for Chivalry demo

As i walked off to go into the park, I walked by the Penny Farthing Bicycle riders gathered together.

Penny Fathing bicycles

Yesterday, England once again was featured in the weekly events they have for various countries.  The local Beatles tribute  band Baja Bugs played. I went to their wonderful 1 1/2 hour concert.  There was a nice crowd, nice weather and great old-time Beatles music.  I’m still trying to figure out the video uploading You Tube thing but hopefully you can enjoy these two videos!

The Baja Bugs – Day Tripper by the Beatles

The Baja Bugs – Ticket to Ride by the Beatles

Hope you enjoyed another glimpse of all that happens at Balboa park in sunny San Diego, CA.

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