Category Archives: Balboa Park

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I was startled the other day by the new look at the Sculpture Court Cafe adjoining the San Diego Museum of Art and its sculpture garden. It’s been my favorite place to eat in Balboa Park since it was the Waters Cafe, … Continue reading

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Organ Madness

Hot on the heels of my post yesterday about the summer organ festival in Balboa Park comes today’s “tip of the week” on the ever-interesting San Diego Travel Tips website. It’s pretty much everything you’d ever want to know about the … Continue reading

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A Little Summer Organ Music in the Dark

I have a soft spot in my heart for the Organ Pavilion.  I love the stories associated with it: how John Spreckels donated the money for it to be built for the first Expo in Balboa Park on the understanding that … Continue reading

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A Death in the Pond Family

The big old catfish no longer lurks in the shadows of the lily pads and lotus beds in Balboa Park’s reflecting pond. He was partial to the bed in the pond’s southeastern corner, and people who loved him say he would emerge from … Continue reading

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100 Years of Positive Spin

We’re still a half-dozen years from the celebrations that will doubtless erupt in Balboa Park to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition (the influential event that, among other things, made the park what it is today). But … Continue reading

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Conquering Heroes

Visitors to Balboa Park often comment on the striking statue of Vasco Nuñez de Balboa that stands roughly midway between the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and the San Diego Museum of Art. The only problem is — it’s not Balboa. It might make … Continue reading

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Happy trails

Throughout my 35 years in San Diego, I’ve visited Balboa Park  hundreds of times. I’ve written articles about it and led tour groups through it. But the recently inaugurated Balboa Park Trails system is opening doors and pointing the way to new … Continue reading

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