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Thanksgiving At The Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel Lobby

Oh, I love to feel grand and what better place to have that feeling than at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, located in downtown San Diego, near Seaport Village.  Guess where an incredible Thanksgiving took place?  You might have guessed…..at this grand hotel!  Yes, we had our Thanksgiving meal there in 2015.   So thankful for this beautiful hotel, because not only was the food good, but the entire experience – like spending the afternoon there just lounging around in the bar area, and walking through the lobby, and generally just feeling grand!  I’ve also stayed at this hotel several times, and it has beautiful views of Seaport Village and the bay.  This hotel is beautiful!  Here’s some pictures:

A few more pictures for you, again this is a beautiful hotel, and the artwork incredible!  I could sit here for ages and stare at the paintings or stare at their decor – masterpiece!

Can’t believe it’s 2016 already!  By the way, Happy New Year!

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,300 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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The San Diego Zoo – How Fun!

The San Diego Zoo

I love the zoo!  How about you?  This is going to be a simple and short post, but just want to say it’s one of the best places in San Diego, and makes for a great day out.

This is Chandi at the Zoo when she was about 18 months old.

Orangutans - San Diego Zoo

Orangutans – San Diego Zoo

This was Chandi just yesterday celebrating her 7th birthday at the Zoo. She seems less afraid of the orangutans now!

The San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo

Here are some more pictures of the Zoo taken yesterday, November 21st, 2015

 

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San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo

My favorite part of the Zoo yesterday, hard to say between the monkeys, orangutans, elephants and koalas, I loved all those best, but really enjoyed seeing the elephants.

The San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo

How could I not put a picture of a cuddly koala in this post?  I so much would have loved to hold it!

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

So glad to have an annual pass again.  See you again soon, Zoo!

Magical Bathroom at Sloan’s Ice Cream in San Diego

Did you know there’s a place with a magical bathroom?  You may have to come all the way to San Diego to visit it though!  Just kidding!  I think there’s more of these – at least there are in Florida.

The place is called Sloan’s Luxury Ice Cream, and the ice cream is delicious!  I’ve switched my tastes lately to frozen yogurt, and resist ice-cream, but who can resist the decor, it beckons you, tantalizes your every bit of sense, and plunges you into temptation – the temptation to indulge in ice-cream or fudge.  Of course, there is candy, and I believe all kinds of toffee apples covered with scrumptious coatings of the most exquisite imaginings, such as white chocolate, caramel, and…..well you get it! Then there are toys that entice the kids.

But, then…….there is the magic bathroom.  Just be careful that you lock the door, or else everyone will be able to see you while you are in there.  See my video below.  I actually made this video several months ago in August, before my oldest went off to college in September, but didn’t get to upload it until yesterday.  When my kids saw there was a bathroom which was visible from a part of the store where all the stuffed animals are, they were curious because you could see into the bathroom, so off they went to explore.  I could not get my son to be part of the video, but he enjoys Sloan’s just as much as all of us.

We went just again this Friday to celebrate my youngest daughter’s birthday.  Did I tell you it’s a great place for a celebration?

Here’s my video

Sloan’s Luxury And Magical Bathroom

 

Star of India And Some Star Sunsets in San Diego

Who said there could not be star sunsets?  I’m sure this was a star sunset.  To me a star, is something that shines bright.  Yes, a star and the sun both shine bright, so let’s just for once call it a star sunset.

Sunset in San Diego at the Embarcadero

Sunset in San Diego at the Embarcadero

I wish the little reflection thing in the water (round green light) hadn’t shown up on my picture, but let it be part of it as I don’t do any retouching of my pictures.

Sunset in San Diego at the Embarcadero

Sunset in San Diego at the Embarcadero

On this same night of the star sunset, just a little earlier, I took a picture of the Star of India.  I like to think this could be the Star of San Diego too.

Star of India in San Diego

Star of India in San Diego

Even more compelling for the argument of calling it Star of India, and Star of San Diego is when my little girl enters the picture – she is the star of India to me, even though she has not been there yet (India, of course is birthplace of my parents), she is the star of San Diego (her birthplace).  She is the star of the UK (my birthplace) and also the star of Italy (her dad’s birthplace). My little star is associated with four different countries.  Of course, she’s not really a star in these 4 places, just in my eyes.

Star of India in San Diego

Star of India in San Diego

This picture below was not taken this summer like all the other ones, it was taken last year (even time-stamped).  I’m not sure if I like the time-stamp feature, I stopped using it. I did some posts previously on the Star of India, you can read it by clicking on this link.

Star of India in San Diego

Star of India in San Diego

So, I’m not sharing many pictures today, in fact, I have been quite stingy with pictures compared to usual.  Sorry for not writing too much lately.  I have been caught up in so many other life events, you wouldn’t believe it.  I hope you are all having a wonderful October.

Sand Sculpting Challenge Exhibition in San Diego

What a lovely day!  Especially, when you get a day off on Labor Day!  Then, why not enjoy San Diego – after all, it’s spectacular! So, we went to downtown San Diego, where it sure is lovely, and saw that they had a Sand Sculpting Exhibition.  What a fabulous exhibition, and all the artists are so very talented!  Amazing work!

This first picture is my favorite, so appropriate as it sure is a Rat Race, and I’m sure happy that the worker is honored this Labor Day – as I got the day off!  I appreciate it.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge - Rat Race - We Honor The Worker This Labor Day

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge – Rat Race – We Honor The Worker This Labor Day

Here are more, I won’t describe each one

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

Bruce Jenner - U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

Bruce Jenner – U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

I hope you had a fantastic Labor Day, and Happy September!

Cute in San Diego

Chandi in San Diego

Did you know there’s a cute memorial of a sailor kissing his girlfriend in San Diego?  It’s by the US Midway Museum.  It might have got a bit more cuter, with my Chandi posing in front of it.  What do you think?  I think, cuteness……unlimited!

Cute in San Diego

Cute in San Diego

Chandi in San Diego

Chandi in San Diego

Chandi in San Diego

Chandi in San Diego

A Visit to Knotts Soak City And Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park

Today was August 15th – Happy India Independence Day!  We left our hotel at the Hilton Garden Inn, and got to Knotts Soak City at around 11:00 am, not at 10am as we should have done, but it was close enough.  It was a really hot day, a great day to be in a Water Park – at least for the kids.

Knotts Soak City is close to Disneyland, and right next to Knotts Berry Farm, which we will have to visit next time.  Here are a few pictures of Knotts Soak City since we had to leave early, it was way too hot!  In retrospect, we should have gone on Friday when we had arrived, and I shouldn’t have listened to the kids.  We still would have had five hours almost.  As it was, today, they wanted to leave at 2:45 pm, so we only had about three and a half hours there.  It was really hot today, I think it actually was over 100 degrees, also, it was too crowded,  That’s why it would have been better to have come on Friday.

Still, can’t complain, as the kids enjoyed it, and it was our family mini-vacation.  We also got to go to Farrells Ice Cream Parlor later and celebrated my son Luca’s birthday again (you can never celebrate one’s birthday too many times).  His actual birthday had been earlier in August.

Here are some pictures of Knotts Soak City:

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

My kids got to cool off in the Lazy River while I watched their things for a while.  It was ever so hot though.

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park

Just at the entrance/exit to Knotts Soak City was this lovely little area with these little fella’s in it, do you like this one’s hair style?

Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, CA

They tried a few more water rides, and then wanted to leave, and they were hungry, so off we went to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, which we had seen on the way into the Water Park – it is very close by, just on the same road in fact.

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

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We ate lunch first, and then had to try the ice-cream – it was delicious!

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park

Next, it was time to enjoy the rest of the evening at the Indian Independence Day Parade/Festival, which was close by in Artesia Park.  My son and youngest one did not want to go to the event, they were tired so I left them at the hotel at the Doubletree by Hilton in Norwalk.

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton at Norwalk

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton at Norwalk

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton at Norwalk

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton at Norwalk

I wish my two youngest had come with us, as it’s a shame they missed out on the Indian Independence Day activities, but then later on I thought it was actually a good idea as me and my oldest daughter did not get back to the hotel until about 10:40 pm.  It was good we stayed another night in the LA area, even though we only live one and a half hours away in San Diego.  I would not have enjoyed driving at that time of night though.  Also, as you can imagine – I was very tired – that was a lot of things today, a trip to Knotts Soak City, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, and the Indian Independence Day Festival in Artesia in the evening.  I think I deserved a break – an extended stay in the LA area!

In my next post, I will post more of the Indian Independence Day event pictures and the video of the performances that took place on August 15, 2015.  Happy Week!

It’s Not Just A Yard – It’s Neal’s Yard!

Neal's Yard

Oh, the wonderful places near Covent Garden.   But remember, when I told you it’s not just a garden…..it’s Covent Garden – well now, there’s a yard thrown into the picture too.  However, it’s not just a yard…..it’s Neal’s Yard!  It’s a most colorful looking place, close by to Covent Garden.  Don’t miss it!  Just ask anyone when you’re at Covent Garden where Neal’s Yard is, and they should be able to tell you.  Here’s some pictures.

Close To Covent Garden Is Neal's Yard

Close To Covent Garden Is Neal’s Yard

Neal's Yard

Neal’s Yard

Close To Covent Garden Is Neal's Yard

Close To Covent Garden Is Neal’s Yard

Close To Covent Garden Is Neal's Yard

Close To Covent Garden Is Neal’s Yard

In case you are wondering, you will find Neal’s Yard on the corner of Neal Street and Shelton Street

Close To Covent Garden Is Neal's Yard

Close To Covent Garden Is Neal’s Yard

Now, you will see Neal’s Yard close by to Shorts Gardens – you have arrived!

Close To Covent Garden Is Neal's Yard
Close To Covent Garden Is Neal's Yard

Close To Covent Garden Is Neal’s Yard

Close To Covent Garden Is Neal's Yard

Close To Covent Garden Is Neal’s Yard

Fancy some tea?

The Tea House, Covent Garden

The Tea House, close to Covent Garden

Fancy some cake?

Lola's Cupcakes, near Neal's Yard

Lola’s Cupcakes, near Neal’s Yard

How about now?  I think it’s tea time!

Lola's Cupcakes, near Neal's Yard

Lola’s Cupcakes, near Neal’s Yard

As you can see these are not just any gardens or any yards, they are special places and getting to be quite well known now.  Don’t forget to look out for them when you go to London.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to Neal’s Yard via my post, and I hope you have a great week!

On The Way To Covent Garden, London

The Tea House, Covent Garden

I find everything worth taking a picture of, especially in London.  So, you won’t be surprised that I took several pictures on the way to Covent Garden when I was there last year.  Here are the pictures:

Close to Covent Garden

Close to Covent Garden

Close to Covent Garden

Close to Covent Garden

Close to Covent Garden

Close to Covent Garden

They have the most interesting names of pubs in England, don’t you think?

Close to Covent Garden - The Nags Head

Close to Covent Garden – The Nags Head

Close to Covent Garden - The Nags Head

Close to Covent Garden – The Nags Head

Close to Covent Garden

Close to Covent Garden

Do you think that I wouldn’t take a picture of this place – The Chandos?  Why would I not, when it’s kind of named after my little Chandi.  Didn’t get a chance to go there though, but will pop in next time.

The Chandos on St. Martins Lane, near Covent Garden

The Chandos on St. Martins Lane, near Covent Garden

After we visited Covent Garden, pictures of which I showed you last week, we went to a street not too far away, and found some really lovely places to gaze and gawk at too.

The Tea House, Covent Garden

The Tea House, close to Covent Garden

More, next time.

I hope you liked the pictures close by to Covent Garden, sometimes, it’s not just the destination, but even the trip that’s worth it.  Always remember to take as many pictures as possible, or you might just forget what you saw on your way.