Thursday, January 26, 2012

Balboa Park

One of the corners of one of the buildings.

Spanish-Renaissance buildings.


Looking down the corridor.

The Botanical Building. Look closely to see the 
large lily pond which measures about 100 feet x
30 feet wide.

A better view.

Inside the Botanical building.

There were lots of very unique plants inside
the botanical building.

Looking alongside the buildings in the courtyard of the
Spanish Village. Giant colorful tiles for the walkways.

Pots of cactus sitting in every nook and cranny.

This is a GIANT fig tree in the park...I do mean GIANT!!
It was planted in 1915 and measures 148 feet
at the base (that includes the massive root system)
 and it is 90+ feet tall.

Larry and I went to Balboa Park today. We went specifically to see the Spanish Village. It is an area decorated in old stucco buildings with a courtyard made of giant colorful tiles. The buildings are full of all kinds of artwork from pottery to jewelry. We have been to Balboa Park many times but this was our first time visiting the Spanish Village. Balboa Park is famous for the El Prado pedestrian walkway which is housed in enormous Spanish-Renaissance style buildings which were constructed for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition. At noon they played the bells...we just stood still for a few minutes to listen and take it in.  We spent another beautiful day out in the sunshine!! I LOVE SAN DIEGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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