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Friday, December 3, 2010

How Cute is This?

I love it when the San Diego Zoo has baby animals and how cute is this cheetah?  I went to the zoo last weekend hoping to see him and got all the way to the gates and found out my Zoo Pass expired!  What?  Now What?  Well, I went down the walkway to one of the "secret" spots in Balboa Park.  Where?  Just wait, you'll see.
I walked past the Merry Go Round, a vintage carousel that was actually the same one used in Coronado's Tent City in the early 1900's.  Now that's pretty cool.
Some things you just can't improve on.  Maybe they had it right back then.  
It's hard to believe that they still have this wonderful train ride in the park.  You'd think by now this would have been paved over for a parking lot, but I'm sure glad they didn't.  $2 to ride, how can you resist?
And here we are, Spanish Village.  A lot of locals don't even know about this place, but I love it.  With the artist shops and a bit of live music, it felt like we were on vacation.  A sunny day in November, it reminded me why I live here.
Vibrant colors, no photoshopping!

The sound of an acoustic guitar, a singer with a French accent, it was a romantic respite from everyday life.

Tons of photo opps, you don't even have to be a good photographer to get shots like this!

And lots of cool things to buy inside the artist shops.
So no baby cheetah for me today, but still a fun day out in the sunshine.  Next time you're in Balboa Park, take the little detour and go visit Spanish Village.  It's what makes San Diego so, well, San Diego!

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Spanish VIllage Art Center said...

Thanks Wally for the shout out about our historic village much to see and do in Balboa Park....

BELLA the Dog in Spanish Village Art Ctr said...

hi local wally, THANK YOU for mentioning Spanish Village in your blog....WOOF! Love, Bella the Dog

HereBeDragons said...

I can never pass through Spanish Village without whipping out my camera. That is, until this weekend. As my point and shoot suddenly died and my visitor was using my DSLR. *sigh*

Anonymous said...

I hope you've renewed your Zoo membership by now. Lots of fun and many babies now!