#AtoZChallenge: “B” is for BALBOA PARK

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Day 2: April 2

When my father retired from the army in 1974, he and my mother moved down to San Diego,
California in the U.S.A. This is a beautiful city near the Mexican border, with many sights to see.

toronto to san diego

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Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre cultural attraction.   In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens and walking paths, it contains museums, several theatres, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

When hubby and I went down to visit my mother in 2012, (my father had passed away the year before), we asked her where she wanted to go.  Her answer was the botanical gardens at Balboa Park.  The Cactus Gardens were especially impressive.  Enjoy!

balboa park entrace

Balboa Park Entrance ©D.D.B. 2012

Horticultgural Building

Horticultural Building ©D.D.B. 2012

Since its reopening in 1971, the Casa del Prado, which was built in 1915,
has hosted floral exhibits, concerts, and theatrical performances:

Casa del Prado Building

Casa del Prado ©D.D.B. 2012

Cactus garden 1

Cactus Garden ©D.D.B. 2012

cactus garden 2

Cactus Garden ©D.D.B. 2012

cactus garden

Cactus Garden ©D.D.B. 2012

Complete photo essay of our trip HERE

While I’ve been to San Diego many times, this was only my second tour of Balboa Park.

Aren’t the cacti amazing?  Have you ever seen any like that?

Looking forward to your comments!

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Debbie D.

Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Currently working on various memoirs, travelogues and creative writing pieces. Looking for the next adventure!

Debbie D.

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61 Responses to #AtoZChallenge: “B” is for BALBOA PARK

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  2. I spent a fortnight in San Diego at the end of my third year at university. I remember more about the zoo than the rest of the park.
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  3. NZ Muse
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    The cacti garden was definitely a highlight! And just taking the tram around the park.
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  4. I love how that amazing architecture contrasts with the stark surroundings. San Diego reminds me of the Westerns I’ve read!
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  5. Hi Debbie 🙂 Ha! I swore I wasn’t going to do the A to Z this year. Then the bug caught me–with only 4 hours left to sign up. lol My husband talks about Balboa Park. He was in the Navy in San Diego in the early 70s. Good post. Your theme is interesting! 🙂 Good luck 🙂

    • Hi Teresa; Just in time, but now you’re going to be writing frantically! Good luck with it. I still have half the posts to write. 😛 Ah yes, the Navy is a huge presence in San Diego. The Harbourfront area is also gorgeous. To me, the whole city is paradise and what a wonderful climate they have too. No blizzards! LOL Glad you like the theme; I have lots of material. Thanks for visiting and I’ll be sure to check out your posts.
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  6. Eccentricity

    I lived in San Francisco for quite awhile and could blog several sights – unfortunately what I seldom did as a resident was take pictures. At least not of the sights. *Sigh* I always wish with everywhere I’ve lived that I’d taken more pictures of what was around.

    Great blog!

  7. Hi Debbie!
    I’ve never been to San Diego but a cousin lived there for about three years and she loved it there.

    Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures. Love the virtual tour :).
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  8. What a beautiful place, Debbie! I love cacti and these look amazing! Looking forward to traveling the world with you!
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  9. What a great post and destination. I absolutely love San Diego and Balboa Park is one sure highlight. I miss it even more seeing your beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.
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  10. Bren
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    Absolutely beautiful Debbie! I love visiting gardens like that. I find them so peaceful.
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  11. love to be able to travel through ur post Debbie :). The cacti seem to me audacious, strong, cheeky n resilient, lovely pics.

  12. Been to the zoo but not the gorgeous Balboa Park. Thanks for sharing. How sweet of you to give your Mom her day together in her special place. I’m sure she has thought about that day often.
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  13. Hi Debbie- Can you believe that, although I was born and raised in SoCal, I never made it to the Botanical gardens in Balboa Park? We used to go to the San Diego Zoo all the time, and even Sea World, but never the gardens. I did go to the one in Palermo, though, which is fantastic. You have some beautiful photos here, too. Thanks.
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  14. I loved Balboa Park, especially the buildings! We went to see “South Pacific” at the open theater, and because the airport is nearby, jets were flying over during the performance. The cast would stop and wave up toward the sky. Just like they belonged in the play! It was delightful. Loved the botanical garden, too.

  15. Katy Did
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    Balboa Park is one of my faves to just go and sit. A beautiful place!
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  16. Kathy
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    Another awesome place to visit from A-Z! I feel I am in for a lot of traveling thanks to the challe

  17. Lovely pictures. And so many photos of cacti! So interesting 😀
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  18. That cactus garden is beautiful. And I thought cacti were dull!!
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  19. Looks like a very beautiful place… Wonder when I’m gonna see all this…
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  20. belinda reger
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    Nice pictures and nice post. All the best.
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  21. cactus garden looks superb… so does horticulture building
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  22. Bhavya
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    It really is a beautiful place. There are so many places the heart wants to visit, but so little time 🙁
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  23. What pictures … Cacti are lovely … Loved the visual tour
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  24. Psych Babbler
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    Wow…those are amazing cacti! And I love the Casa del Prado…such a fascinating looking building!
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  25. It looks like a gr8 place to be…You have been to so many wonderful places no?
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  26. Looks like you are a globe trotter already. Waiting to visit 26 great places here.

    Best
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  27. Aditi
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    Beautiful images! Again a fun travel with you! 🙂 Thanks!
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  28. I have never been to US,but if I do, I’d come back to your blog to make notes 🙂 such beautiful pictures 🙂
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  29. Glad to know about this place!!! 🙂 looks nice.
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  30. O those are some very nice pictures! Thanks for the great visual tour, Debbie.
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  31. Another round of beautiful photos!! I know I am going to enjoy your April posts!
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