Monthly Archives: October 2010

A Whopping Big Instrument

San Diego’s Spreckels Organ may boast about being the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world, but I learned on one of my Travels Outside San Diego last week that Chicago and New York get the prize for biggest instrument. Puts … Continue reading

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The Earliest Movie Starring Balboa Park?

Lots of my tours go into Balboa Park, and I try hard to evoke the mood of the Panama-California Expo that drew millions of visitors to the park in 1915 and 1916. So I was delighted to learn about “A Glimpse of … Continue reading

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The Strangest Houses in San Diego County

Okay, tell me what abode is stranger than the boat houses of Encinitas? Parked at 732 and 726 Third Street, just a few blocks from the ocean, legions of uninformed passersby must assume they once sailed and later were converted into residences.  But they … Continue reading

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The Little Italy Association claims that its fall Festa has grown over the last 16 1/2 years to rank as one of the largest Italian-American festivals on the West Coast.  I can believe that.  The mob of pedestrians made it … Continue reading

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Zenyatta Does Hollywood

Obviously, the Del Mar Racetrack is the place to go if you live in San Diego and want to see thoroughbreds run. The racing season only goes from mid-July through early September, and normally, that’s more than enough horse racing for … Continue reading

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