Friday, December 2, 2016

Playing Hooky at Balboa Park

 My husband had been going non-stop all week attending meetings
and on the last full day of the conference he realized some of the afternoon workshops
would not benefit him and so he surprised me by saying he was going to skip out and
spend the day with me.
So we headed off to Balboa Park having figured out the Uber system on
on Sunday when we needed to get to church.
Our daughter Coryn told me how to set up the app before our trip
and we were so impressed with how easy, efficient, low-cost and fun it was.
We met some really interesting and kind drivers and had some great conversations.

Balboa Park is just gorgeous!
I sincerely wish we'd had more time to spend there.
So much to see and experience.
I truly enjoy visiting museums and so this was right up my alley.
It is home to 15 major museums, the famous Old Globe Theatre,
beautiful gardens, and the San Diego Zoo.

 The Botanical Building was very cool.

 Check out the facade and architecture!

 Being a theatre geek I totally wish we could have seen a play.
Next time, for sure!

 The Memorial Rose Garden was stunning!
Unbelievable colors and varieties and scents.

 The Return of the Prodical Son
IL Guercino (1591-1666)

The Timkin Museum of Art housed some well-known pieces.

 Madonna and Child with Saint Elizabeth, the infant Saint John, and Saint Catherine
Paolo Caliari (1528-1588)

 Portrait of a Lady in a Green Dress
Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1531)

There must have been something in the water.
My husband and I found our spirit animals and captured the moment in this photo.

 We loved our time in the Museum of Photographic Arts.
There was a terrific exhibit of photography of animals by local students K-12
I was blown away by the talent of these young photographers.

To finish off our day we ubered over to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner.
We both have enjoyed visits to this famous venue in other cities we have visited.
The food is always so delicious.
Fun to see all the memorabilia from famous musicians and enjoy the ambiance.
Our server Shelia, was a hoot and such a fun character, with flaming pink hair
and a personality to match.

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