Tag Archive | Del Mar

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

P1000088

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

P1000224

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

P1000133

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

 

P1000107

The Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

P1000201

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

P1000136

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

P1000119

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!

P1000104

 

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

 

P1000123

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

 

P1000141

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

 

P1000165

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.

P1000118

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

P1000134

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

P1000173

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

P1000216

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

P1000258

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

P1000255

Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

P1000254

Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

P1000266

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)

P1000241

Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

P1000188

Fab Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

P1000264

 

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!

 

 

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.

 

Care For The Fair? Try the San Diego County Fair.

The San Diego County Fair is here in town – it started on June 8th and goes on until July 4th.  Normally, I try to avoid this as it’s expensive and can be very tiring.  However, I must have forgot how much fun it was, and mustn’t leave it for another three or four years until I go again.  Yesterday was a beautiful day for a fair, it was a fairly hot day, but not unpleasant, and the sky was a perfect blue.

IMG_4693

IMG_4631

The Fairgrounds are in the same venue  as the Del Mar Racetrack – here’s a link to some pictures of that – (scroll halfway down the page though to see pictures of the Racetrack).  To get to the Fairgrounds, just go on the Highway 5 North and exit Via De La Valle, make a left and another left on Jimmy Durante Blvd.  Be prepared to pay $10 for parking or you can park at local schools and take a bus for free.  Admission prices are: children under 5 are free; kids under the age of 12 are $8 and adults are $14.

When you first go through admission, you will see a place where you can play all kinds of games.  If you want to stay out of the sun, and it was hot yesterday (June 22nd) – this is a great place to stay out of the heat.  You can play many kinds of games, cards, dominoes, or just play on one of the arcade style machines.

The San Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair

San Diego County Fair

San Diego County Fair

Then the aroma of the fair food is so tantalizing, and the choices are plentiful!  What to get?  Ice cream, funnel cakes, pizza, Greek food, fish and chips, Indian bread (I believe it was the American Indian, not the other Indian), caramel apples, just about anything covered with bacon – including chocolate, or hot dogs are just some of the temptations.  The fries covered with nacho cheese and bacon bits were really good!  However, it  is costly – $10 or so for a chicken basket that consisted of four pieces of chicken with fries, $6.75 for the bacon covered fries, $15.75 for three slices of pizza with two drinks, and should I even go on?  But, it’s tempting and you have to be really strong to resist those wonderful tantalizing smells, they can even make those who are full – just greedy.  It’s the Fair, and you have to give in just once in a while!

The San Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair

IMG_4639 IMG_4649 IMG_4648 IMG_4652 IMG_4657 IMG_4661

Then the kids will pester you for rides – or perhaps you might want to give in and try a ride yourself.  I believe the first ten days of the fair – you can get a wristband for $30 per person for all day unlimited rides, but right now those wristbands are only available to use on Wednesday and Thursday’s.  Since the majority of people go on Saturday or Sunday, they will be limited to paying about 75 cents per ride including on July 4th.  You can pay $50 for 72 tickets or $20 for 28 tickets – that’s what I mean when I say it’s expensive – be prepared to bring a lot of money with you.

The San Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair

Now, when you’ve got your tickets or wristband, you have to decide which rides to go on – at least the lines aren’t that long – like they are at Disneyland or Legoland – you can get on your ride fairly quickly – at least my kids did yesterday.

Here’s two pictures showing the Grand Wheel (the first one with the pink inflated toy in front of it was taken with my camcorder, and the second one was taken with my Iphone):

 

The Grand Wheel, San Diego County Fair

The Grand Wheel, San Diego County Fair

 

The San Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair

or you could choose to go upside down on a ride called Windsurf

The San Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair

Or how about the Magnum, or one of the other rides shown here?

IMG_4754 IMG_4723

Then, of course this place would not be complete without rides for little kids of Chandi’s age – so across the fairgrounds on the other side are rides more suitable for the little ones.

IMG_4197 IMG_4248 IMG_4216

Isn’t the San Diego sky glorious?

San Diego County Fair

San Diego County Fair

There are some animals out here for the kids to see and enjoy, such as horses, pigs, goats and chickens. Chandi and Luca had a lot of fun seeing the horses – here’s just one of the horses people can learn about – there were donkeys, ponies and many other kinds of breeds of horses too.  Also, there’s a safe way to pretend that you are riding on a horse too!

IMG_4668  IMG_4681

San Diego Fair has great family shows which are live such as Family Feud – another great way to escape some of the heat and crowds, as well as to give your aching feet a break.

IMG_4771

Do you know that celebrities come play at the Fairgrounds – celebrities such as Victoria Justice who does more than just singing or acting – she represents  Girl Up, which is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation.  Girl Up empowers girls to fight for the right to education and the end to other atrocities that girls face.  Big Time Rush were also set to play at the same concert as Victoria Justice – tickets were only $12, my oldest daughter wanted to see the show, but we were quite tired and could not stay any longer – we left at 7:30 pm, and had been at the fair all day from 11am or so.

IMG_4772

If you want to find out more information about the fair, visit this link: http://www.sdfair.com/

Don’t forget other than rides and food, there are also cuddly toys that are there  for the winning!

DSC00569

I’ve got just one final thing to say – it’s not fair if you don’t take them to the fair at least once when they’re little.  A smile from a child says it all.

San Diego County Fair

San Diego County Fair

Want to Vacation In San Diego This Year?

Interested in visiting Paradise this year?  I have a beautiful one bedroom unit for rent!  The accommodation has a separate living area, bedroom, bathroom and full kitchen, and sleeps four people (there’s a sofa bed in the living room).  It’s in the North County area of San Diego in Carlsbad, which is a beautiful place close by to the ocean.  In fact, you will have an ocean view! Also, my vacation rental overlooks the Flower Fields – which are a tourist attraction – where visitors come from all over to Carlsbad in March or April of each year to see the beautiful flowers in full bloom – breathtaking!

By the way, before I forget to mention the rental price for the week – it will be $1,100 and that’s a great bargain considering it’s racetrack season (and you can stay here on the Grand Opening Day of the Del Mar Racetrack – see below).  Hotel rooms usually can go from $275 to $300 per night or more, and additionally you will still have to eat out – save money this way by cooking your own meals – at least one or two meals (if not three).  The check in date will be July 14th, 2013 and the check out date will be July 21, 2013.

Here are some pictures:

Grand Pacific Palisades and the Flower Fields, Carlsbad

Grand Pacific Palisades and the Flower Fields, Carlsbad

That’s me and my children enjoying the flowers (yes, we got right into the fields – many people do just to have their photographs taken)

Flower Fields and Grand Pacific Palisades, San Diego

Flower Fields and Grand Pacific Palisades, San Diego

Of course, July is going to be beautiful here in San Diego!  You will want to take a dip in the pool at the Palisades (there’s two pools – one adults only, and one is a family pool – more suitable for kids)

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, San Diego

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, San Diego

The lobby

The Lobby of the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, Carlsbad, San Diego

The Lobby of the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, Carlsbad, San Diego

Here’s another picture of the lobby area

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, Carlsbad, CA

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, Carlsbad, CA

Kids love to play here

Playground, Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, San Diego

Playground, Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, San Diego

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, San Diego

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, San Diego

Outdoor Splash Area, and Kids Pool, Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, San Diego

Outdoor Splash Area, and Kids Pool, Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, San Diego

What can you expect to see in the surrounding area?

This sign will show you some local places of interest, and of course a local restaurant where you can eat if you don’t want to cook your own food.

Grand Pacific Palisades, Carlsbad, CA

Grand Pacific Palisades, Carlsbad, CA

Legoland is just across the street, yes, you can even walk there! I don’t have any recent pictures of Legoland, and will have to find my older pictures, but this is a great place to visit with the kids!

Then you have the Carlsbad Outlet Mall close by, this is just within walking distance, and has many great stores such as GAP Kids, Clark Shoes, Nine West, DKNY, and many others.  The kids will love it because it has rides that they just absolutely adore.

Carlsbad Outlet Mall

Carlsbad Outlet Mall

The main beach in Carlsbad is just about 3.7 miles away or so, if you want to go the area close by to Carlsbad Village Drive and Carlsbad Blvd.  I would highly recommend eating at the Harbor Fish Cafe, which overlooks the ocean.  It is located at 3179 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad, CA  92008.

Carlsbad Beach, San Diego

Carlsbad Beach, San Diego

Carlsbad Beach, San Diego

Carlsbad Beach, San Diego

Harbor Fish Cafe, Carlsbad

Harbor Fish Cafe, Carlsbad

In the picture above, you can’t really tell where the Harbor Fish Cafe is, but it is on the upper right, and now when you see the picture below, you can see it more clearly, but won’t be able to tell it has a fantastic ocean view, that’s why I had to include the picture above.

Harbor Fish Cafe, Carlsbad

Harbor Fish Cafe, Carlsbad

The racetrack!

If you travel about 15 minutes south of Carlsbad, down Highway 5, you will arrive at Del Mar, and the racetrack.  Every year in July for about seven weeks, the racetrack opens, and this is unquestionably one of the area’s greatest attractions  – you will be amazed if you go there on Opening Day. This year – Opening Day will be on July 17th – don’t forget if you want to be here for Opening Day this year, my vacation unit is available – it will be a fabulous place to stay in style, and entertain!

Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego

Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego

Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego

Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego

Me at the racetrack last year.

Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego

Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego

Bring the kids, there’s lots for them to do, Chandi was happy with her new horse – they often hand out freebies with your paid admission – and people just love those!

Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego

Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego

Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego

Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego

The racetrack is very close to Powerhouse Beach in Del Mar, about a mile or so.

Powerhouse Beach, Del Mar

Powerhouse Beach, Del Mar

I would highly recommend Pacifica Breeze Cafe in the Del Mar Plaza at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014 for their delicious scones, oatmeal, and kids breakfasts (you can see it at the top right of the photo below)

Del Mar Plaza, Del Mar, San Diego

Del Mar Plaza, Del Mar, San Diego

Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego

Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego

Want to come here in July, 2013 – specifically July 14 – July 21?  I have a place for you to stay, just write to me at dkaur@luchaniktravel.com and I will be happy to help you with your accommodation, and some recommendations.  Also, if you are interested in buying this one week unit (I only own one week per year at Grand Pacific Palisades) – I would be interested in selling it too for $8,000 – that’s a bargain, then you too can live in Paradise – even if it’s just one week per year.

Don’t forget, there’s no place like Carlsbad, there’s no place like Del Mar, and there’s no place like San Diego!