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Flower Fields of Loveliness in Carlsbad, CA

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Flower Fields, Carlsbad

Oh, the hills are alive with the beauty of flowers.  You know I really am singing those words in my mind to the tune of “Oh, the hills are alive with the sound of music”.  I often attribute songs to occurrences, or a single word or sentence conjures up a great song from long ago, but the classic goes so well with the Flower Fields.

The Flower Fields have been open since early March of this year, but we didn’t get to visit until the end of March, but to make up for it, we got a season pass.  Now, we can visit an unlimited number of times until the season is over which I think will be the beginning of May.

Me and my little girl Chandra love visiting the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA – only 20 minutes drive away from where we live in San Diego.  Just before my oldest daughter Niki went back to college, we were shopping at the nearby Outlet Mall on Paseo Del Norte, and the Flower Fields overlooks this outdoor shopping mall.  Well, Niki and my son Luca did not want to go to the Flower Fields yet again as they put it….I have taken them various times in the past, and can’t understand why they would not want to go.  However, I did drag them close enough to get them into a few of the pictures, but they are not quite in the Fields themselves.  You will see Chandra and me about a week later on March 27, 2016 at the Fields, and then we visited again just yesterday on April 9th.

Here are some pictures:

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Forget Me Not, Flower Fields, Carlsbad

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Strawberry Milkshake, Flower Fields, Carlsbad

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And yes, I got the season pass for me and Chandra.  It cost me a total of $46, but I have already been there twice, and if I go at least two times more, I have more than got my money worth out of it.  Besides, it’s a great place to take a walk, and get in some healthy exercise, then top it off with the delicious out of this world strawberry milkshake.  Both me and Chandra got one each, and they were $5 each, but really worth it.

So get to the Flower Fields before it closes in May, and before the flowers wither away.  They are too spectacular to be not seen.  Remember, the hills are alive with the flowers of beauty, or did I say with the beauty of flowers?

Lovely La Jolla

La Jolla, San Diego

Lovely La Jolla, what more is there to say.  This place which is just a 12 minute drive for me going south, or a 20 minute drive from downtown San Diego is spectacular.  The scenery is amazing, and the wildlife is abundant.

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

Wildlife at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

Wildlife at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

Most of the time, the seals like to laze on the beach, and don’t move much at all, but all of a sudden, a few of them got up to take a dip in the ocean!

Sea lion at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

Sea lion at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

Look at this one! Doesn’t it look like a cross between a sea lion, and a tortoise?

Half sea lion/half tortoise at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

Half sea lion/half tortoise at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

The Seals at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

The Seals at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

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We walked away from the ocean onto Prospect Street, and Chandra got to play with a massive globe that was a water-fountain feature.  Oh, she rolled and rolled the globe around.  She was enchanted!

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

across from La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego

Afterwards, we went for a treat to the Living Room, a really wonderful coffee house, that has wonderful pastries, and sandwiches.  I got Chandra two macaroons, which she devoured before I got to take photos of them, and I also did the same with my pistachio baklava.  Chandra then eyed my coconut mocha, and oh my gosh, it was delicious – it was made with low fat milk, and extra hot.  I left a tiny bit of it for Chandi to try, as she really should not be drinking coffee at her tender age of 7!  She loved it, well….it was delicious!

The Living Room in La Jolla

Then she got some gelato from a place called Gelateria, across from the Living Room, and again, I didn’t take pictures – but this was Chandi’s treat as mine was the coconut mocha.  Then, it was time for a few more pictures.

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

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La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

This last picture was from a previous visit to La Jolla

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

I hope you liked my pictures of La Jolla.  It really is a nice place to visit.  I really enjoy it there, and I think I would like to say it is one of my favorites in San Diego.

 

December Nights in San Diego

December Nights in San Diego at Balboa Park

Time’s already flying by, and it’s February now, but I still haven’t shared December Nights, 2015 with you.  Must hurry up, or it will be December again.  Just my luck!  I don’t want time to go that quickly.  There’s no rush…..I will get too old too quickly like this – slow down time!

December Nights at Balboa Park in San Diego is always a fun event.  It’s a two day extravaganza, and my family really enjoys it.  This year we had to go without Niki, my oldest – since she has started college, and moved away.  Still, it’s a fun event for kids of all ages, and adults alike, and I think I might love it even more than my kids do!

This year, we went early.  Even though the even starts at 12 noon or so, most people don’t go until 5pm, as they like to be there in the evening when all the lights are on, as well as the Christmas tree at the Organ Pavilion.  However, traffic is crazy and hectic, and so is parking.  A few times now, we have parked at Petco Park, and then taken a shuttle bus from there to Balboa Park, but this time I wanted to park at the Zoo, and combine December Nights with a trip to the Zoo.  So, we got to the Zoo at around 1:45 pm, and were easily able to find a parking spot.  We spent about one and a half hours there.

We then took the short walk to Balboa Park – an easy 5 or 10 minute walk.

We first saw the Fountain area, close to one of the museums, and had a little snack, then walked past the Botanical Gardens area where the beautiful flowers, and Reflective Pond is; then we went to the Grinch tree, which is by the Old Globe Theatre, and actually spotted the Grinch!

We then went to see some of the performances at the Organ Pavilion, and since Chandra wanted to eat, we went towards the International Cottages area. When I heard Indian music, that beckoned me, and I was so glad I had allowed myself to be beckoned like that – because that became the highlight of my entire evening.  I normally enjoy the Organ Pavilion area, and the Christmas songs so much, and enjoyed them again this year, but this time I allowed myself to actually wander away from the performances at the Organ Pavilion to experience more of what was taking place at the International Cottages area, and these are two competing performance areas – one on the big stage, and the other on a smaller stage, but equally powerful in performance.  While one concentrates on performances that are mainly musical, and showcases instruments being played, and singers performing – the smaller stage at the International Cottages focuses on dance.  The dance aspect is really entertaining, as you still have the music and the songs, but now have further entertainment too.  I absolutely loved it, and my little Chandra got up to dance on the stage for the Grand Finale of the Indian dancing!

Here are two videos that I made – one shows the Grand Finale that Chandra was in,

and the other one shows a variety of performances, and dances that were performed.  This includes the performances at the Organ Pavilion, and the Scottish Bagpipe Band, as well as the San Diego Chorus, and of course, the Indian dance performances which took place at the International Cottages.

 

I love December Nights, there is nothing quite like it!

 

 

Dreaming of London

Tower Bridge, London

Oh, I’m homesick for England, and I’m dreaming of London

So, I’ll look at these pictures, and imagine myself there

Oh, I’m dreaming of London

And wanting to move there

A New Year makes me ponder

Ponder of yonder, and whether I should just dream

Or make that dream a goal, and put it into action.

I think you can read between these lines, that my heart aches for London

And I may have to act upon it real soon.  Hope to see you soon, London!

Real question is…..do I go back after so long away?  Will it be the right step, the right move, or will I regret it?  It’s not easy to move when you have kids to think of.  When I moved here a long time ago, it was just me, and so much easier then.  This will be the question of the year for me, shall I do it?  Time will tell!

Balboa Park As Seen From San Diego Zoo

San Diego Museum of Man At Balboa Park, As Seen From The San Diego Zoo

I went to the San Diego Zoo in December, and saw the beautiful Museum Of Man from the Sky Ride.  You may have seen some of the pictures I have posted before of this particular amazing building, but I haven’t posted pictures taken at the Zoo of it. So here you are…..

You may wonder what the Sky Ride is, it’s a wonderful lift with seats for about 4 people that will take you from one part of the Zoo to another, and you go up, up, up in the air!  Best of all, it’s a free ride with you annual pass, otherwise I think you have to purchase tickets.  We love the Sky Ride!

The Sky Ride At The San Diego Zoo

The Sky Ride At The San Diego Zoo

Pictures may be taken near or afar, but San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park are two treasures that you have to see up close.  Did I tell you we love the Sky Ride?  Well, we also love the San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park!

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

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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.

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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

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.