We parked the car and spent a couple of hours walking around, stopping to get a cold drink, and wandering some more. The buildings in Balboa Park were mostly built in the first half of the Twentieth Century, for various international events (not the World's Fair, but other big events). I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
|Northbound towards downtown.|
|We didn't go. There was no time, and we didn't want to spend the money.|
But the zoo is actually part of Balboa Park.
|Seriously, everything is blooming in San Diego in December.|
|A large amphitheater, home of the Sprekles Organ.|
|Cali Swimmy tried to talk to them, but they didn't have much to say.|
|We wandered into this botanical building and...WOW.|
|Like a miniature mission!|
|Summer was reminded of Barcelona architecture.|
|A slightly-hidden garden that reminded me of England.|
|If those trees could talk...|
|Cali got to go for a paddle, so he was happy. He doesn't|
swim in the ocean. It's too scary for a wee ducky.
|A Japanese garden.|
|We rode a matching set of ostriches.|
|The attendant (in the red vest) smiled when he saw two grown women. |
But I maintain that you are never too old for a carousel ride.
|The carousel was near the zoo, and I spotted these giraffe sculptures as|
All the walking and exploring had us exhausted, so we went back to the Marriott and spent some time resting. I used a lobby computer to put some of my pictures on my memory stick. Later, we would get dolled up for New Year's Eve dinner...which I'll save for the next post.