Monday, March 5, 2012

Balboa Park

We are so fortunate to have the beautiful Balboa park in our midst here in San Diego. First built for he 1915 Worlds Exhibition, it has remained one of the iconic parks, full of lush landscaping, water features, canyons and host to a large number of museums.

Deciding that all work and no play was making us pretty dull, we decided on an outing to Balboa park yesterday afternoon. It's a destination that Maya can come along and yesterday she did. We meandered through the pretty spaces, had a sit in Alcazar garden, and visited the Vochol exhibit.

Over 2 million beads!

.....crazy detail

We ended up at the organ concert. The Spreckles organ is one of the largest outdoor organs in the world and was first played at the 1915 opening of the park. Every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. there is a free organ concert. Admittedly not my favorite music, but Mark loves it. When I saw him pick up the large, sun protecting umbrella, I knew that signaled his intent to spend some time listening to organ music.


April said...

Amazing car!

Ingrid said...

Hi Marcia,
Hope you head didn't ache after the concert ! Ahhh the things we do in the name of love :o)
Thanks for the pix, this car is amazing ! I could picture this also on the Fiat 500, it's such a cute car.
Kind regards

ChrisD said...

Having just dinked my car this morning the idea of covering it with beads has a certain appeal!

Betty said...

A beaded Maggiolino....FANTASTIC!!!

Bobbie Pene said...

Wow! That car is amazing - wander if hubby would mind me beading our car LOL :D

Cindy said...

What an awesome car! I wish I'd checked it out when I was in San Diego this past weekend... Oh well, next time!

Marcia DeCoster said...

Darn you were here? Hope next time we can make a date! Getting ready to go your direction for Beading by the Bay this week.

Karyn said...

I visited Balboa Park way back in 1990 when I visisted San Diego as part of a school exchange between Australia and the US. I stayed in San Diego for 2 weeks and loved Balboa Park... the architecture of some the buildings is stunning!

What an awesome car too! Thanks so much for the trip down memory lane!


Marcia DeCoster said...

Ah Karen, nice to see you here!

T=MC2 said...

I love that car - there was an article about it in the last issue of the Beadworkers' Guild Journal (January 2012). There were some fabulous close-up shots of some of the detail, as well as lots of lovely information about how the car was constructed. Great reading, but my poor husband now has to put up with glue as well as beads, needles and thread!