Sunday, February 1, 2015

Barely Scratched the Surface...

San Diego Metro KOA
Chula Vista, CA
January 27, 2015




 Balboa Park is ranked the nation's largest urban cultural park...a mere 1,200 acres. It is home to 15 major museums, performing arts venues, gardens, and the San Diego Zoo.
 According to Google, it was envisioned by civic leaders in 1868, developed in 1892, and master-planned in 1903. It is named after Vasco Nunez de Balboa, the first European to sight the Pacific Ocean. 


 Many of the "highly ornamented, flamboyant" Spanish-Renaissance style buildings were constructed for a World's Fair called the "Panama-California Exposition" held there in 1915-16.











Our walk through Balboa took a few hours. It was a beautiful day so going inside museums was not on our agenda. 







Carol and I did, however wander through the Botanical Gardens... the view of the Botanical Building with the Lily Pad and Lagoon in the foreground is one of the most photographed scenes in the park. 


It was and remains today "one of the largest lath buildings in the world". 

























In the few hours we spent walking around Balboa Park, we barely scratched the surface...but were totally awed by the beauty and appreciative of the insight a few folks had many years ago. 

Until next time, take care and


 happy trails!

14 comments:

  1. That is one beautiful place to explore.

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    1. It sure is George...I think it would take several days to see it all.

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  2. I should have explored Balboa Park more when I lived there. The large pots of orchids reminded me of my mom's old backyard patio. She had many, many large potted orchids of all colors. She had such a green thumb. :)

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    1. So glad the pictures brought back fond memories for you Barbara. The pots of beautiful orchids were quite showy especially with the sunlight streaming through. I cant imagine growing something so pretty!

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  3. Balboa Park is an amazing place. Almost too large to take it all in. We, also, only walked around but did hit the Botanical Garden. Great minds think alike:)

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    1. It was just enough to enjoy and be able to say we have been to Balboa Park Pam.

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  4. That is definitely a very beautiful place. Love how your photos captured it too.

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    1. Thank you Jeri. The sunlight was perfect!

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  5. The park can make your camera go dizzy, garden or architecture or people? It is a beautiful place and I spent more time at the garden as well.

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    1. It is quite spectacular, isn't it MonaLiza?

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  6. Gay, you sure do have a talent for what they, I think, call street photography! Beautiful photos!

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    1. WOW! I don't know what to say...Thank you Sheila!

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  7. All I can say is WOW! I love the architectural style of the buildings. Such detail! And the gardens are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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