Midsummer celebration at House of Sweden!

During my Sunday walk through Balboa Park, I found myself enjoying the House of Sweden’s lawn program. Summer began several days ago, so they were having a midsummer celebration. Complete with a flower bedecked maypole!

Anticipating the afternoon’s entertainment, a large crowd had gathered on the grass at the center of the International Cottages.

Ladies in folk costume paraded with flags onto the stage and sang the American and Swedish national anthems. Followed by more songs. Different regional dresses were then showcased and explained. Then more music. A group took the stage to perform the popular music of ABBA.

On the patio of the House of Sweden’s cottage, all sorts of crafts, flowers and colorful works of art were on display. Inside the cottage pastries and other treats awaited.

I wandered about, took a few photos.

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A very quiet, sunny morning in Balboa Park.

I saw very few people in Balboa Park this morning.

It isn’t often you find a sunny Balboa Park so empty and peaceful. But it was Memorial Day and I started my walk early.

I headed from Cortez Hill up Sixth Avenue, walked east down El Prado all the way to the rose garden, then made my way south along Park Boulevard to the Administrative Courtyard.

I’m sorry to say I didn’t take my camera out right away. My first photograph is by flowers in the Alcazar Garden.

Why was I walking so early in the morning? At eight o’clock there was a special Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Museum. I blogged about it here.

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The sun comes out in beautiful Balboa Park.

It has been over two months since I posted photographs to this modest blog, Beautiful Balboa Park. Almost all of my photos, including those of Balboa Park, end up on my main website Cool San Diego Sights.

Finally I have something for here.

My early afternoon walk today was in showery weather along the Embarcadero. But feeling it was too soon to return home, I headed to Balboa Park. And that’s when the sun broke through the clouds.

I looped through the park with no set destination. I did discover a new exhibition at the San Diego History Center, which I’ll blog about later.

I paused for a few moments in Spanish Village to watch the glassblowing. I passed by the Balboa Park Carousel, then made my way to El Prado. Inside the Casa del Prado, the San Diego Geranium Society plant show was about to close.

My feet took me wherever they pleased. Perhaps that’s why this walk felt so good.

A green St. Patrick’s Day in Balboa Park!

Ladies from the House of Ireland prepare for the St. Patrick's Day afternoon lawn program . . . with a smile!
Ladies from the House of Ireland prepare for the St. Patrick’s Day afternoon lawn program in Balboa Park . . . with a smile!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day!

Late this morning I began my walk through Balboa Park. My mission: to have fun photographing anything Irish or green!

What did my camera find?

Some traditional Irish food was already being served at the House of Ireland at Balboa Park's International Cottages.
In the late morning, traditional Irish food was already being served by the House of Ireland at Balboa Park’s International Cottages.
Over at the lawn bowling green, I saw many shirts of green!
Over at the lawn bowling green, I saw many shirts of green!
And I spotted another Irish t-shirt down at the archery range below the Cabrillo Bridge.
And I spotted another Irish t-shirt down at the archery range below the Cabrillo Bridge.
It seems people are wearing green for St. Patrick's Day all over Balboa Park!
It seems people are wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day all over Balboa Park!
It being St. Patrick's Day, Prado Perk has to serve Irish Tea Au Lait, of course!
Just for St. Patrick’s Day, Prado Perk was serving Irish Tea Au Lait!
And look what I found at Cafe in the Park inside the Casa de Balboa! Shamrock cookies!
And look what I found at Cafe in the Park, inside the Casa de Balboa! Shamrock cookies!
Someone is wearing green beads near the door of Studio 13 in Spanish Village Art Center!
Someone is wearing green beads near the door of Studio 13 in Spanish Village Art Center!
And look at all the green inside Studio 19, home of friendly glass artists!
And look at all the green inside Studio 19, home of super friendly glass artists!
I found lots of beautiful green in the Casa del Prado at the Spring Flower Show, presented by Ikebana International's San Diego Chapter.
I found lots of beautiful green in the Casa del Prado at the Spring Flower Show, presented by Ikebana International’s San Diego Chapter.
Beautiful green leaves.
Beautiful green leaves.
Of course, you can always find a lot of greenery inside Balboa Park's Botanical Building!
Of course, you can always find a lot of greenery inside Balboa Park’s Botanical Building!
I noticed some of the Super Sonic Samba School drummers were wearing green out on the grass by the WorldBeat Cultural Center.
I noticed some of the Super Sonic Samba School drummers were wearing green out on the grass by the WorldBeat Cultural Center.
Who needs to be Irish? Some people wore green just to join in the fun!
Who needs to be Irish? Some people wore green just to join in the fun!
Sprightly traditional Irish music could be enjoyed inside the House of Ireland during St. Patrick's Day in Balboa Park!
Sprightly traditional Irish music could be enjoyed inside the House of Ireland’s cottage during St. Patrick’s Day in Balboa Park!

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A beautiful garden untouched by winter.

I walked through the Balboa Park Administrative Courtyard this February morning. As usual, it was quiet. Few people were about.

The grass was green and many flowers were blooming, as if this special place cannot be touched by winter.

In this little-known paradise it always feels like spring.

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More photos of the Chinese New Year Festival!

Today I enjoyed spending some time at the Chinese New Year Festival in Balboa Park. I’ve already posted a few colorful photographs¬†here.

Here come even more photos!

This annual festival celebrating the Lunar New Year is hosted by the House of China at the International Cottages. Food, dance and joyful cultural entertainment are abundant.

Yes, my House of Bao steamed bun was super delicious!

If you chuckle at the final photo, keep in mind that 2019 is the Year of the Pig!

The friendly people at this table sell fantastic pop-up greeting cards. Check out the next photo! I promised to link to their website!

A crowd gathers at the International Cottages outdoor stage as the afternoon’s entertainment is about to begin…

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Early winter color in a Japanese garden.

It’s early winter here in Southern California. Most trees are shedding their leaves at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, but many colorful branches still show a vivid beauty.

I took a slow walk through the Lower Garden this afternoon. Bright yellows and oranges attracted my camera. Here are some photos of early winter beauty in one of San Diego’s most amazing places, the Japanese Friendship Garden.

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