16 August 2010
This is a departure from country living - but I hope you will enjoy it. We recently took a trip to visit N. in Carlsbad. While we were there we all visited Balboa Park. We had been there a few times over the years - but always for a particular purpose.
A little background - Balboa Park is 1200 acres perched on a hill above downtown San Diego. It is home to 15 different museums - Museum of Art, Museum of Man, Model Railroad Museum, Photography Musuem, etc. There are hiking trails, bike paths, a dog park and a botanical garden. What captured me (on this revisit) was the beautiful architecture. The first of the museums was built in 1874 and is the Natural History Museum. In 1915-1916 the other buildings were built to house the Panama-California Exposition - sometimes known as the first World's Fair. The architecture is Spanish Renaissance and it is beautiful.
One of the more recent additions to the park is a re-creation of the Old Globe Theatre based on Shakespeare's Old Globe Theatre in Stratford, England. San Diego's Old Globe was built in 1935 and has year round productions of Shakespeare's plays as well as contemporary works. If you've never been to Balboa Park - I encourage you to visit. You can get passes for the day and visit multiple museums in the same day. Here is the link: http://www.balboapark.org/