Category Archives: Balboa Park

San Diego’s Best (Known) Public Place

A friend just sent me a copy of a recently compiled list of the Top 100 Public Spaces in the United States and Canada, and it was gratifying to see Balboa Park in the ninth spot. It is a great … Continue reading

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World-class Fishy Beauties

I’d heard about the wonderful changes that have taken place at the Japanese Friendship Garden’s koi pond in recent years, but I only got a chance to see them for myself the other day. I visited the pond with my friend, … Continue reading

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Ye Olde Comic Days

Among my few regrets in life is that I never went to any of the early Comic-Cons.  I couldn’t have attended the very first one — held in March of 1970 in the basement of the El Cortez Hotel — because it … Continue reading

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Guppy love

I was not among the thousands who flocked to Balboa Park yesterday for the annual Earth Day celebration. What drew me there was the Fancy Guppy Show being held in Room 104 of the Casa del Prado. I’d heard that … Continue reading

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December Madness

The first time I ventured into Balboa Park for “Christmas on the Prado” was maybe 10 years ago. At least one of my sons was a teenager at the time, and if his younger brother hadn’t yet reached that age … Continue reading

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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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Peace, love, and poochies

Cat lovers may yawn, but one of San Diego’s more irresistible doggy events takes place this Saturday, April 13, at the corner of Park Boulevard and President’s Way in Balboa Park. Woofstock 2010 starts with a fun walk from 9 to 10 … Continue reading

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Global Consciousness-Raising

No theater in the US has had a longer commitment to presenting Shakespeare than San Diego’s Old Globe.  That’s one of the factoids I learned on a recent behind-the-scenes tour of the landmark theatrical complex. I had wanted to see … Continue reading

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Giddyap

Looks like the city’s horses are going to fetch much higher prices than expected. More than a month after word leaked out that the longstanding equestrian unit was being axed to save money, the horses finally have been put up … Continue reading

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