Chula Vista, CA
December 9, 2015
The warm sunshine and bright blue skies lured us to Balboa Park today. Our reward was an amazing walk among magnificent architecture and pristine gardens.
For me, any trip to San Diego must include a visit to Balboa Park. This 1200 acre park, ( for info, click here ) includes museums, gardens, performing arts, and recreation opportunities.
The Botanical Garden was our first stop. It was built for the 1915-16 Exposition and is one of the largest lath structures in the world.
|The lath structure with the Lily pond and lagoon is one of the most photographed scenes in the park.|
It doesn't matter if you look up...
...or down, you are guaranteed to see beauty!
What a treat...
And then there is the flamboyant Spanish architecture...
... and immaculate landscaping.
We also decided to go to the Car Museum. It was a $6.00 ticket each to enter and we both agreed we wished we had paid the same amount to walk through the Japanese Friendship Garden instead.
The Steve McQueen exhibit was my favorite.
And the most interesting exhibit was the Louie Mattar's $75,000 1947 Cadillac. It seems Mr. Mattar and two other men drove from San Diego to New York and back (6,320 miles) without a single stop from Sept. 20-27, 1952
The backseat featured such luxuries as a refrigerator, electric stove, iron and ironing board, TV washing machine, chemical toilet, shower, medicine cabinet, and kitchen sink.
There were platforms built all around the car to stand on for servicing. The shiny trailer provided the dining table as well as a reserve tanks for water, gas and oil. Louie also made a second trip from Anchorage to Mexico City, over 7482 miles.
Oh, we did see a celebrity...
Until next time, take care and let the good times roll...