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July 4th Fireworks At Seaport Village, San Diego

I hope you got a chance to see the fireworks tonight.  If not here you are – this is what they looked like from Seaport Village in San Diego – spectacular!

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Seaport Village July 4th fireworks

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Seaport Village July 4th Fireworks

Spectacular Star of India Sunset

I do enjoy beautiful sunsets, but tonight’s sunset was spectacular – what more do you expect on July 4th?  I hope you all had a great day !

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Star of India sunset on July 4th, 2014

The Fab Fair, The Fab Four and A Fabulous Time at the San Diego Fair

 

I just went to the San Diego County Fair dubbed the “Fab Fair” this year, and now I really know why it’s called the Fab Fair, not just because it’s fabulous, but because it is a tribute in many ways to the “Fab Four” – the Beatles, that iconic group from Liverpool, England.

The first glaring association very artistically done was at the entrance to a hall full of Beatlemania.

The Fab Fair, Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego

The Fab Fair, Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego

Then when you entered this hall, you were met with pictures of the Beatles, facts about the Beatles, records and albums of theirs on the walls, and so much more.  It was like entering a Beatles museum!  I enjoyed the experience immensely.

The Beatles at The Fab Fair, Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego

The Beatles at The Fab Fair, Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego

The Beatles at the zebra crossing on Abbey Road, London

The Beatles at the zebra crossing on Abbey Road, London

I think I really enjoyed it because England was brought to me, and the Beatles – one of the best groups ever from the country where I was born, was being celebrated in San Diego.  This made me proud!

Anyway, more of the Fab Fair now.

We saw animals, cows, pigs, sheep and more

The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

and some unusual looking hamsters

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The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

There was a turkey stampede; this year I missed the swine race, but I think I might have written about it previously or at least showed a picture or two

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Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego – 2014

Our mouth watered at the sight of all the food and the smells of it too

The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

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The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego – 2014

 

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The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

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The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego – 2014

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The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego – 2014

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The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego – 2014

Some things I did not even want to try such as Frogs Legs!

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Then of course, it was time for the kids to have their fun and they wanted rides!

The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego

The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego

 

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The Fair Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego – 2014

 

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The Fair Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego – 2014

 

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The Fair Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego – 2014

Incase you are wondering about the cost of the tickets, here is a picture that shows you the information.  Don’t forget there are certain days that you can pay $30 for a wristband and ride all day.

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The Fair Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego – 2014

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The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego – 2014

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The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego – 2014

More Beatlemania to show you just how much it’s not just the Fab Fair, but about the Fab Four

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Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego – 2014

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Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego – 2014

Don’t forget to look at the beautiful landscaping displays, this year – there was more art tied into the theme

The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

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Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

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Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

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Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

Lastly, don’t miss out on the wonderful free entertainment (well included with your paid admission)

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Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

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Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

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Here’s a link to more information

Bye Fab Fair, until I see you again next year!  Don’t forget everyone, the fair is on until July 6th this year!

 

 

Swami’s Beach in Encinitas

Swami’s Beach in Encinitas, is a beach you should visit.

Let’s do the 5 w’s:
What? A beautiful beach situated in a
seaside town.

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Where?  Swami’s is on Coast Hwy. 101 in Encinitas,  just 25 minutes or so north of downtown San Diego  – about an 8 minute walk from the Lumberyard which has an array of pubs, bars, cafes, and restaurants at the intersection of Coast Hwy. 101 and K Street

The Lumberyard, Encinitas

The Lumberyard, Encinitas

Why?  Why would you not want to?  You can see beautiful spiritual places such as the buildings and amazing grounds of the Self Realization Fellowship

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

When?  Go there anytime you want fresh air and beautiful surroundings.

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Who?  Encinitas is for everyone, but truth be told…..I think surfers like it a lot.

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

What makes me think that?  Well, take a look at these pictures – there’s memorials to surfers.

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

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(Okay, this one is upside down and since I’m posting from my phone again, I’ll have to correct it later).

Chandi likes to think she’s surfing!

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

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Lastly, there’s stairs down to the beach

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

There’s even a road crossing sign that says Swami’s Pedestrian Xing

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

 

If you see this house with the beautiful garden, you’ll be close by

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close to Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Last look at Swami’s

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami's Beach, Encinitas

Swami’s Beach, Encinitas

Don’t forget to visit Swami’s!

Paradise at Del Mar

Have you ever envisioned paradise?  How would it look?

Swinging overlooking the ocean?

Children's Playground in Del Mar

Children’s Playground in Del Mar

Seeing the ocean through tropical landscaping?

Seagrove Park, Del Mar Beach

Seagrove Park, Del Mar Beach

Seeing two trees growing side by side in Paradise?

Powerhouse Beach, Del Mar

Powerhouse Beach, Del Mar

Seeing beautiful sights to behold

Powerhouse Beach, Del Mar

Powerhouse Beach, Del Mar

Seeing beautiful sights again and again

Powerhouse Beach, Del Mar

Powerhouse Beach, Del Mar

Seeing a playground for your kids to play in while you bask in paradise

Children's Playground, Del Mar Beach

Children’s Playground, Del Mar Beach

Somewhere to chat with your friends while your kids played close by?

Powerhouse Park, Del Mar

Powerhouse Park, Del Mar

Seeing ocean water that is nice and blue, and waves that call out for surfers to ride on them

Del Mar Beach

Del Mar Beach

Seeing a place where people want to picnic, that becomes so colorful that you can’t help but gaze at the scene in front of you

Powerhouse Park, Del Mar

Powerhouse Park, Del Mar

Seeing trains come by where people stop to stare and wave as the trains go by

 

Train track at Del Mar

Train track at Del Mar

Seeing the scenic Coast Highway 101 and pass such beautiful places like Del Mar on their journey through California

Coast Highway, Del Mar

Coast Highway, Del Mar

Seeing a place that looks so tropical and colorful, surely it must be Paradise?

Tropical Del Mar

Tropical Del Mar

Last picture, then you have to see it for yourself!

Seagrove Park, Del Mar

Seagrove Park, Del Mar

I hope you got a taste of Paradise!  Paradise is in Del Mar.

 

Craving South African or British Food in San Diego?

I miss British food.  I know many people think that British food is bland, but if you grew up with it – you wouldn’t think that. When someone told me to try a place called Capetown Pub/Restaurant on Miramar Road, and mentioned they have fish and chips and all kinds of savory pies, I was quite excited, but never did I imagine that this new discovery would be so good.

Here’s what I ordered -pie and chips!  Not just any pie, but chicken curry pie and quite delicious- I must say.

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Pie and chips from Capetown Pub, Miramar Road

The chips actually were chips – the British kind – and not just thin tasteless fries.  I was in heaven!  Additionally, there was vinegar – Heinz Malt Vinegar – to drown the chips in- but since they were so good, I didn’t drown them! 

Here’s a look at their menu

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The only problem is deciding what to get as I wanted the samoosas,  which must be like the Indian samosas, and my little girl wanted the chicken curry and rice.  I also wanted the fish and chips.  In the end, we opted to share the pie and chips.

You must be wondering what the restaurant looks like.  Here are a few pictures:

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There’s a few pictures of Nelson Mandela on the walls and the music playing reminded me of UB40 – one of my favorite groups from the UK.  There are at least seven TV screens showing sports, including cricket of course.

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Even though I was full, I could not resist dessert, especially when I found out that the one recommended had custard in it on top of a thin layer of sponge cake.  It’s called “Milktert” – basically a Milktart, but should have been called Custard Tart or something like that – it was heavenly, delicious, yummy…..I should stop there.  The other options were Brandy Tart with custard which I had wanted, and another one that was a sponge cake with coconut.  All the desserts sounded wonderful. 

Here’s the Milktert

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Milktert at Capetown Pub, Miramar Road

Oh, I forgot to mention that all that delicious cold custard had cinnamon sprinkled on it.  I was very tempted to get a cup of tea to go with my pudding, but resisted – not sure why.  Anyway, if you crave South African food or British food, perhaps even Indian food….and you enjoy a modern, even trendy setting and tasty food – then give this place a try. 

Star Of India – Star of San Diego

I like to think that I have something in common with the Star Of India.  After all, I’m Indian, live in San Diego and was born and raised in England.  Well, the Star of India was put together on the Isle of Man in Great Britain, and now calls San Diego home (just like me).  As to why she has “India” in her name, you can read more about that here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_of_India_(ship)

Here are more pictures of the Star Of India:

Star of India, San Diego

Star Of India

Star Of India

Star Of India

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Star of India, San Diego

Star of India, San Diego

Star of India, San Diego

Star of India, San Diego

By the way, these pictures were taken with my Canon G10.  I still can’t decide if I like pictures taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 better or with the Canon G10.  If you have any comments on what you prefer – the pictures on this post (taken with the G10 or the other Star of India post taken with the Note 3), please let me know.

The Star of India can be found berthed on North Harbor Drive, near San Diego Lindbergh International Airport.  You should not visit San Diego without visiting the Star of India – after all she could easily be the Star of San Diego!

Imagine (the Flower Fields)

Imagine all the flowers, it’s easy if you try.

The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA

The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA

Just close your eyes and smell them, above you only sky

Imagine all the people

The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA

The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA

Going crazy for the flowers…..ooh, ooh!

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.  I hope some day you’ll join us….and the world will be a flowery one!

The words above were inspired of course, by John Lennon, and from his song “Imagine” which is a truly beautiful song with so much meaning…only his is about peace.  However, you can use the word “Imagine” and his music (and apply it to almost any theme) and it can still be a beautiful thing (hopefully).

Here are some more pictures of the spectacular Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA  (just 40 minutes or so north of downtown San Diego).

The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA

The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA – windmill, flowers and ocean!

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The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA

The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA – windmill, flowers and ocean!

If you’d like to see more of the pictures I’ve taken at the Flower Fields, I just made a new board – just for the Flower Fields!  You can find it here at: http://www.pinterest.com/Luchanik/flower-fields-carlsbad-san-diego/ – there are a few pictures on this board that I did not take, but the majority of them I did!

Well, Happy Spring to you all, and remember to imagine all the flowers, it’s really easy if you try!

More than a Glimpse Of Balboa Park

I continue with the trip I took  to Balboa Park a month ago now.  How time flies!  I can’t beat time anymore, it wins me constantly.

Anyhow, as Chandra and I left the Botanical Gardens, we got a closer look at the building that was on the other side of the lily pond.

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

We saw some devotees chanting “Hare Krishna” and I could not resist taking a picture

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

We saw people photographing the beautiful architecture

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

The sky was a beautiful blue, and it was a perfect day

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

There were beautiful cherry-blossom type flowers in the trees – I was reminded of Washington, DC

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

A really talented musician played for the audience using an Aboriginal-type horn.  I have taken his picture before at December Nights at the Park.  We could have listened to him all afternoon.  He was very entertaining!

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

Going in the other direction of the park, closer to the Houses of Hospitality, which sadly were closed today (Saturday) – they’re open usually from 10 am to 4 pm (I believe) on Sunday’s – we saw the Organ Pavilion, also the scene of Diwali at the Park and December Nights.

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

This is also part of Spreckels Theatre – The Organ Pavilion

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

Here is more of the park

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

Pretty flowers….imagine what it will be like in Spring!

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

Sometimes, I can’t stop taking pictures.

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

There is art even outside the museums, and children will delight at the sight of it.  They can even play in one of the structures, outside of the Mingei International Museum.

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

At one point, the wind started blowing, and it felt like it was snowing.  It was snowing cherry blossom type flowers.  It was such a beautiful few minutes, and very surreal.

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

This is outside one of my favorite buildings in Balboa Park – the San Diego Museum of Man – what a lovely building!

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San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

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Balboa Park, San Diego

This is back to the area just outside the Mingei International Museum.

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Well, I have to leave off here.  I think I may have run out of space for my media files – I think I upload too many pictures – infact, I take too many pictures.  However, you can never have enough pictures – it’s always best to have dozens of varieties  of each, then you can pick your favorite.  My problem is that sometimes I can’t pick properly.  I want to use them all.  Anyway, next time when I sort out my media storage situation – I might even post more pictures of Balboa Park.  Happy March!

A Glimpse of Balboa Park

I went to my very favorite park in San Diego yesterday – Balboa Park.  The park is so amazing, that I had to give you a glimpse of it, through this picture first:

Balboa Park, San Diego
Balboa Park, San Diego

The picture leads me to the question, do you like looking at the gate, through the gate or at what is on the other side of the gate?  This was a hard one to decide yesterday, since I was in the Botanical Building and it was so filled with beauty that I did not want to leave it, nor did my little Chandra.

This picture was taken when we first headed to the Botanical Building, and of course I had to get my little one in the picture

Balboa Park, San Diego

As we got closer this is what it looked like

Balboa Park, San Diego

Here are some pictures of the flowers

Orchids at Balboa Park, San Diego
Orchids at Balboa Park, San Diego
Botanical Building, San Diego
Botanical Building, San Diego
Botanical Building, Balboa Park
Botanical Building, Balboa Park
Botanical Building, San Diego
Botanical Building, San Diego
Botanical Building, Balboa Park
Botanical Building, Balboa Park

However, the ornate fence beckoned me to go outside again

Botanical Building, San Diego
Botanical Building, San Diego

This is a very interesting looking bush outside the Botanical Building

Botanical Building, Balboa Park
Botanical Building, Balboa Park

Outside was just as lovely as inside the Botanical Gardens.  This is the view looking out from the Botanical Gardens Building.

Balboa Park, San Diego
Balboa Park, San Diego

I zoomed in and got this picture

Balboa Park, San Diego
Balboa Park, San Diego

I either zoomed out or walked a little closer and got another picture

Balboa Park, San Diego
Balboa Park, San Diego

There were fish in the water, both big and small

Balboa Park, San Diego
Balboa Park, San Diego

There were ducks in the water

Balboa Park, San Diego
Balboa Park, San Diego

There was music in the air, as people all over the park were making this park even more beautiful if possible with their wonderful music.

Musician at Balboa Park, San Diego
Musician at Balboa Park, San Diego

As we walked away from the Botanical Building, I couldn’t help but think that Balboa Park is such a treasure, a park that needs to be on everyone’s list of places to visit when they come to San Diego.  The visitors who come here will surely fall in love with Balboa Park, and will definitely want more than just a glimpse of the park – an entire day or perhaps two should be what you allot to just this park.

Here’s more of this beautiful park

Balboa Park
Balboa Park

However, I am going to save more pictures until next time.  Happy February!