Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday Journey #8

Balboa Park in San Diego covers 1200 acres near the downtown area.  Landscaping began in 1892 and most of the buildings were constructed to host the 1915 Panama Exhibition.  Today, it is a popular destination for visitors and residents.  The park contains the famous San Diego Zoo, beautiful grounds and buildings, museums, fountains and an artist colony.
The reflection pool is home to colorful carp and water lilies.

Spanish Village Art Center features artist studios and shops.  I love the painted cement, it reminds me of a patchwork quilt.

The landscaping and numerous gardens are spectacular.

A visit to Balboa Park or the San Diego Zoo isn't complete without a ride on the carousel, built in 1910.
We enjoyed lunch in the patio at The Prado at Balboa Park, a cute bristo tucked into one of the old Spanish buildings.  Another great Thursday!

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