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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!

Fantastic Indian Independence Day In Los Angeles, CA – Some Videos

I’m just recovering from a crazy week after Indian Independence Day in Artesia, CA (in the Los Angeles area).  I loved the craziness actually, and why not?  After all, it’s not every day that my videos get over 100,000 views in a matter of days.  Well, this time it happened, but it was quite unexpected.  Currently, my video has 178,895 views.

I shared my video a few days ago (the one that got all the action, and attention), so I won’t share it again here.  However, I would like to share my other videos, and hope you will watch them.

First, let me share another picture of the beautiful Raveena Tandon.  I hope she comes back soon to Los Angeles or San Diego, and I hope she gets the star treatment that she deserves.

Raveena Tandon at Indian Independence Day in Los Angeles

Raveena Tandon at Indian Independence Day in Los Angeles

Most importantly, I take and make videos because I enjoy it.  I take pictures because I enjoy it.  I post because I enjoy it, I tweet and pin pictures because I enjoy them, and I attend cultural events because I enjoy them.  It’s all in the enjoyment, and it’s all just a hobby.

In the next post, I will share more pictures of the actual event.

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.

Not Just A Garden – It’s Covent Garden!

Covent Garden, London

I’m not sure why it’s called Covent Garden.  One would expect to see flowers, and perhaps a fountain.  However, I don’t think anyone visiting Covent Garden will ever be disappointed, as you will see more than just flowers.

You will see crowds and the wonderful red telephone booths

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

You will see crowds, and they are forever entertained!

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

You will see sights that you don’t know if you should even photograph, but then you will do it anyway!

Covent Garden, London

You will see fantastic opportunities to take pictures of your little ones with amazing characters!  Here’s my little girl Chandra – she will never be able to say I didn’t take enough pictures of her in London!

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

You will see people just out for a walk, to not only get some fresh air, but to be entertained, to see, and therefore, to live.

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

You will want to go into one of the main market areas to have a look at the goods for sale.

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Who said there weren’t any flowers?

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

You will want to go see the architecture outside – it’s quite amazing!

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

I just noticed the London Transport Museum – from looking at my pictures!  Must go here next time!

The London Transport Museum at Covent Garden, London

The London Transport Museum at Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Did you know that Covent Garden is in central London, is a short walk from Trafalgar Square, and has it’s own tube station?  Yes, Covent Garden tube station is on the Piccadilly line (the blue line).  I hope you enjoyed my post on Covent Garden.

The View From The Trafalgar Hilton in London

View From Trafalgar Hilton

The view from the Trafalgar Hilton in London is ever so fantastic!  In fact, you might say it’s exceptional!  I think I should have taken more pictures of the view from the Trafalgar Hilton when I was in London last year.  This hotel is so central, and just across the road from Trafalgar Square – you can’t get better than that!  In addition, it is walking distance to Green Park, St. James’ Park, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Victoria, and so much more!  I highly recommend staying at the Trafalgar Hilton.

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

Sometime – You Have To See The Amazing Antalya

Hadrian's Gate, Antalya

Sometimes, you have to see the amazing Antalya, you have to sightsee and you will see things you would never see back home.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you have to take a second look, and think well, that looks like something I have seen at home.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you have to turn a corner in this new place, and you will see things you know you can’t see at home.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you have to wonder, and say is this Turkey or is it Rome?  For parts of it are so similar to other places in Europe – don’t forget Turkey is partly in Asia, and partly in Europe.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you’ll have to question – is this Ireland or England? I see a pub!  Then, you have to remember you are in a place that wants to cater to tourists and make you feel at home.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you will see what you will normally see in public, and it could be anywhere in the world.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes you will again think is this England, perhaps it is?  But again, if you recollect and rack your brains, you will remember where you are and be happy to be in Antalya.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, well let’s stop with the sometimes and give it a break while you look at more pictures

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you will wonder about the time, and this will give you an indication of the difference in hours of the places mentioned in the picture below

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you will want to believe that this is your home – isn’t it cozy?  This is one of the small hotels near Hadrian’s Gate

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you might want to wish you have a rug like this.  After all, aren’t Turkish rugs some of the best?

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you should be reminded of Hadrian’s Gate again…..

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Sometimes, you have to watch my video of Antalya…..perhaps now – would be a good time?!!

Sometime, you will have to see the amazing Antalya.

Some Turkish Delight in Antalya

I must continue writing and sharing my pictures of Antalya.  I was only in Antalya for 7 days, but have so many pictures that I took, and I was only in the Old City for about 4 hours, but also took more than enough pictures.  But, can you ever get enough pictures?  When you are into taking pictures, it’s never enough!

You might want to take a picture of a big beautiful boat (perhaps it’s a barge) like this, surrounded by other boats with the gorgeous backdrop of the Sea in Antalya.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Then, you need to get the rocks centralized, and still get the boats in the picture.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Then, perhaps find an angle with buildings that will blend in and still give you a picture that has boats and the Sea in it.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Now, you get all that I described above in one picture.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Okay, and there I will stop.  You get the picture, you just have to take lots of pictures as you don’t know when you might go back – if ever.  The wish always of course is when you are there, that you will return.  However, life gets in the way many a time, and return visits to certain places is not as possible as perhaps a visit to other places that you just have to go to because either a piece of your heart is there, like mine is in London, or because you have family there and that is somewhere you must go back to or you will lose yourself if you erase that part completely.  I will never erase England from my memory, nor do I want to.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

However, this post is about Turkey, and I feel that I have connected somewhat to Turkey – after all – I have vacationed here for a week this time, and been to Istanbul before (for about 8 hours only on a port visit during a cruise), and to Izmir (during the same cruise – but on a different day).  Who knows, it seems like Turkey is part of my destiny in some ways – I feel I will return here again.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

I love these colors, bright red against the green – with the splash of blue in the background – very pretty!

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The picture below reminds me a little of Seaport Village in San Diego.  Why am I seeing so much similarity or drifting off to other places during this post?  Please forgive me.  If you do view the San Diego post, I’m sure you will see some water with exactly the same color as in this one with the fountain.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Look at this, don’t you just love the Turkish teapots?

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

I really love this picture below and love that barge – yes I’m going to barge right in, and call it a barge!

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

One more thing, I was thinking about the title of this post and since I linked to other pieces that I wrote with Turkish Delight in the titles, I figured why not use these words again, and this time give you a picture or two of Turkish Delight since now I have more than enough pictures of this delicious Turkish treat.  So, these two are just for you!  By the way, they were delicious!

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Well, I hope you enjoyed my pictures of Antalya.  Next time, I might bring you more pictures of Antalya or more of London…..we’ll see.  Until then, I hope you all have a terrific weekend, and for those of you in the USA – happy three day weekend!

A Captivating Trip To The Old City of Antalya in Turkey

Do you worry about going into unchartered territory?  It’s easy to worry, but until you venture to the unknown, you won’t know.  Look at me, I had no clue that I would see Haidan’s Gate in Antalya until I ventured into the Old City, and I am so pleased that I saw it – I would say that it was the highlight of my trip.  Turkey – especially, Antalya is quite safe.  I am in the process of making a little video about Antalya and will upload it soon.  If you are thinking of culture, travel, history, architecture…..think Turkey.   Take a look at some of my pictures, and get a taste of Turkey.

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Music and prayers from the Mosque drifted through the air, and it was kind of hypnotizing to be there with the prayers coming in over the loudspeakers.  Of course, I couldn’t understand any of it, but I enjoyed listening to it as it was not something I would come across at home in the USA or even when growing up in the UK.  It is something  given to you as a gift through travel.  You do get unique little gifts like that via your travels, little cultural experiences that can enrich you – you can enjoy other’s culture while there, be aware of their culture and their country, respect it, and just drink in the experiences surrounding you.  Nothing I write can quite describe it, so that is why I made a video.  Later, I will come back to this and insert a link of my video when it’s ready.  Meanwhile, here’s the Mosque where the music and prayers came from.

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

The view as seen from the balcony (see the first picture) is amazing.  I could just stand and watch it for hours.  This area where I am showing you the pictures of is all walking distance from Haidan’s Gate, and the Old Bazaar.

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

This is a really old drinking fountain, I just had to get a picture of a Turkish man in front of a Turkish drinking fountain!  Then again, it could be a Turkish foot and leg washing fountain?!

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

I like the trees, the minaret, the flowers, the mountains, the sea, and oh, I like Antalya!

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

There’s me in Antalya.

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

This is Attalos who is from the Royal Dynasty of the Kingdom of Pergamon (see the next picture below this one).

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Next time, I will show you more pictures of the Bay.  I think I take too many pictures, sometimes I share too many pictures.  Perhaps, I just like pictures and taking pictures.  How many times can you use the word picture in one paragraph – just count how many times I did it.  I think I better stop now.  Until next time.  I wrote this post today, so I could have the day off tomorrow – after all it’s Mothers Day tomorrow.  Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers of the world.  I hope you have a fantastic day.

Oh, by the way……here’s the video that I made of The Old City of Antalya – I hope you enjoy it!

and here’s a longer video of it – if you want even more!

A Trip to Covent Garden in London

Covent Garden is such a lively place, a vibrant place.  There are outdoor markets, street shows, shops, restaurants, pubs, crowds and so much more.  It is a great place to go out and sit at a table outside, and people watch.

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

So first, we people watched a little, then we did a little more from our table at this restaurant – The Covent Garden Kitchen (address: The Market, Covent Garden, London, WC2).  It was a lovely evening, nice and warm and great to be sitting outside.  I wish I had got a family picture taken, but we got pictures separately, first me, then my two oldest and then my little one.

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Here’s some of what we ate in Covent Garden:

I love how in England, they cater for people with spicy tastes – there are so many Indians and other Asians here who love spicy food, that it is quite pleasant to find that the food is more spicier or that they will add to it to make it more appealing to those with certain tastes.

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

My son likes paninis, and anything with lots of cheese, so his was not too spicy (which is fine with him)!

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

This was a nice fish and risotto concoction.

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

After we left the restaurant, we wandered around a little.

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Our feet were quite tired that it was tempting to take a rickshaw, but we didn’t.  We weren’t too far from our hotel in Trafalgar Square.

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden/Leicester Square, London

Covent Garden/Leicester Square, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Look at this picture, it must have been the way I took the picture, but the ladies infront of the telephone booth came out blurry, and added to the effect of the “Ghost Stories” picture.

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

I have been to the Hippodrome Nightclub once or twice when I used to live in London many years ago, now I see there is a Casino – not sure if there is still a nightclub.

Covent Garden/Leicester Square, London

Covent Garden/Leicester Square, London

Oh, how I wish I could take away this fish and chip shop and have it in San Diego, so that I could have it’s fish and chips when I pleased!

Covent Garden/Leicester Square, London

Covent Garden/Leicester Square, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

I have more pictures of Covent Garden and the surrounding area.  I will share them next time.  I hope you have a great week!