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El Prado

It was the day of the San Diego Marathon so all roads around our hotel were shut, it didn't make too much of difference as there is quiet a good public transport system to use. The marathon went past the front of our hotel and as we left we watch the many crazy fools, some clearly in pain try and push to the finish - marathons, not for me!

We took the trolley to down town, bargain $5 for a day pass and walked the short distance to Balboa Park. The weather was overcast and the first time all trip when it had not been roasting. The gardens are a cool place to chill out and wander round. We stopped at the Botanical building, very pretty with the water lily's on the path to it. Inside there were all sorts of plants and the smell was amazing.

There is a mock Spanish village which has numerous artist studios from painters and pottery to glass blowing and wood carving.

Botanical Building
We spent ages looking round and were mesmerised by a young lady creating a vase from a lump of glass, we were there for nearly an hour watching her. It was very impressive.

We had a spot of lunch at the village grill, very cheap and good food. Afterwards we visited the sculpture garden, now this was false advertising, there was about 4 'pieces' on a piece of grass, disappointing.

The park was quiet big so we just strolled around, there is a big old organ, as in the church type, which was playing and you could sit and listen. And a Japanese friendship garden which you had to pay to go in, we decided not to and headed back to downtown.

We walked down to the harbour and looked at USS Midway, quiet an impressive ship. With neither of us being that interested in Navy history we decided not to pay to board and carried on exploring the area. The harbour front is very pleasant with various art works spotted along, a nice place to walk. There is also other boats and ships to look at, the Star of India - an old iron sailing ship, HMS Surprise - a replica of the original which was used in the film Master and Commander and a B39 Russian Sub.

We ate in the gas lamp district which was a great and lively area to end the night.

 

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El Prado
El Prado
Botanical Building
Botanical Building
Water lilys
Water lily's
Big fish
Big fish
Flamingo plant
Flamingo plant
Snake carving
Snake carving
USS Midway
USS Midway
Star of India
Star of India
HMS Suprise and B39 sub in the bac…
HMS Suprise and B39 sub in the ba…
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