I love to go to the Hotel Del – that place is just what the doctor would order or should order for anyone to get away from it all! It makes me feel content and serene and as though I am on vacation. Yesterday, on November 30th, we finally got to go and visit this beautiful place again. My heart had been yearning for the Hotel Del. I was so excited to go and visit it again.
On the way to the Hotel Del, there are many picture taking opportunities:
Don’t park in the hotel grounds as you will have to pay for parking, and it isn’t cheap. There is plenty of free parking by the beach on the main streets. We had to park about a ten-minute walk away from the hotel, but it’s such a lovely place to take a walk. Just take in the surroundings all around and you won’t be disappointed.
People just love to gaze at the Hotel Del, well……it’s so swell!
Finally, we got to the Hotel Del. The ice-skating rink is now open for the holidays and I could just stand here for hours taking in the happiness of everyone and the beauty all around.
I couldn’t decide if I wanted pictures with the hotel in the background
or without it
You might want to start with taking a break, just to take in the surrounding beauty while you have an ice-cream from Moo-Time Creamery or grab a cup of coffee or a cold drink – this area shown in the picture below is a self-service area and it is ever so relaxing and a great place to sit.
There’s plenty of shops and places to get treats
Then, you’ll want to go and see the lobby and the Christmas tree, and some more of the grounds of the hotel
This tree is located where the Sheerwater Restaurant is and close by to where the self-service coffee shop is located
If you go through the lobby and past the tree, then you can exit from the other side and wander out into the beautiful garden
This area shown below is a restaurant with out-door seating and a prime view of not just the ocean, but people-watching
We ended up staying for several hours, and got treated to a nice sunset.
Feel like some hot chocolate out by the ice-skating rink? Then you should try Coffee By The Sea
The ice-skating rink is now bathed in a beautiful sun-set
Then the sunset became even more spectacular, but how could it be other than spectacular in this beautiful of most beautiful places?
Last, but not least…..this place is just where you have to come to get into the holiday spirit! It looks like a holiday bonanza, and it is so festive and elegant here that I can’t describe it accurately enough.
Did I tell you that I loved the Hotel Del, did I tell you it is so so swell? It is beautiful and I highly recommend that you visit.
Well, it’s that time of year. I can’t resist showing you some of what my little girl’s classmates in Kindergarten wrote for a project on “How To Cook A Turkey”. I hope this isn’t plagiarizing as I’m listing the work of little 4, 5 and even 6 year olds (there’s a mixture of ages in this Kindergarten class) - but when I first read this, I couldn’t help but laugh. I don’t want to give you their names or even the name of the school, but how about their initials? By the way, one of the set of instructions is also from my little cutie! So here are the kindergartners’ instructions on how to make a turkey:
“First, you get a turkey from a store. Then you use a wipe to make sure it is all clean. Then you put some strawberries on it. You put it in the oven for minutes. Then you eat it!” (T.L.)
“First, you get a turkey from in the wild. Then you use water from the lake to clean it. Then you put some sauce on it. You cook it in a pan in the kitchen on the cooker for 1 minute. Then you eat it!” (B.C.)
“First, you get a turkey from the supermarket. You use water from the sink to wash it and use a towel to dry it. Put spices on top of it. Go to the woods to find a turkey when you see one you catch it and then ou take it home with you. Turn the pan on and put the turkey in it. Flip it over when it’s white. First blue fire temperature About 10 min. Take the turkey out and let it cool down. Serve it.” (C.B.)
“Go to the Thanksgiving, look all around, and get a turkey. Wash the turkey with water in the bathroom. Put an eye on it. Next, put in the pan and put it on the warm fire for 4 hours. Finally, you just eat it!” (C.L.)
“First, you get a turkey from the Thanksgiving store. Next, you wash it in your sink with your hands. Then you put toppings on it, such as frosting and sprinkles. Cook it in the oven on 4 degrees for 5 seconds. Finally, eat it with a fork.” (A.E.)
“First, you get a turkey from the farm. You need to wash it with a towel in the bathroom. Next, chop the turkey. Then you put it in a pot on the warm fire for 5 minutes. You then chop it again and eat it!” (L.K.)
“First, you get a turkey from a special store. Use water and a rag in a big pan in the sink to clean it. Next you put oil on it. Cook the turkey on the stove in a pan on 50 degrees. Cook the turkey for 1 hour. Finally, let it cool down and then eat it!” (B.K.)
Okay, now I will give you a break and present you with two pictures:
First, a picture of a turkey that I made:
Then this is a picture taken of a scrumptious Thanksgiving Day dinner
Now let’s continue with more instructions:
“First, you need to get a turkey from outside. Wash the turkey with your hands in the sink. You cook the turkey in the toaster on 10 degrees for 1 hour. Finally, you eat it!” (R.A.)
“First, you go to Trader Joes to buy a turkey. Next you rip the skin off and put oil on it. Then you put it on the oven on 50 degrees for 60 minutes. Finally, you put good stuff on it like salad dressing and then you eat it.” (C.B.)
“First, you go to Jimbos to get a turkey. Then you sanitize it with a special spray. You put cheese, and a little lettuce on the turkey. Cut the turkey in small pieces. Before you cook it take out the bones. Cook the turkey in the oven on 60 degrees for 40 hours. You can play with toys while you are waiting. Put a warm towel over it when it comes out of the oven. Make rice and dumplings and brocolli and cheeseburger. Enjoy!” (I. S.)
“First, buy a turkey at the store – Sprouts. Use a knife, and you scrape the stuff off. Next, put soy on it. Put the turkey on the pan in the kitchen. Make sure it is really hot – 58 degrees for 1 minute. Eat it!” (L. C.)
“First, you go to the store (supermarket). Next, wash the turkey in the sink with a washcloth and soap. You need to put some spices like salt on the turkey. Cook it on the stove for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Finally, let it cool then you put it on a plate and eat it!” (A. G.)
“First, you get a turkey from the farm. Use water to clean the turkey. Cook the turkey on the stove. Eat it!” (A. R.)
“First, you need to catch a turkey outside or buy one at the store. Get a knife and scrape the dirt off. Then put spice on the turkey. Put the turkey in a pot and put it on the stove. Cook the turkey for 15 minutes. Then you eat it!” (C.K.)
“First, you get a turkey from the store – Thanksgiving store. Then you wash it with a sink and soap and water. Next, you cook the turkey in the oven on 30 degrees for 40 hours. Then you just eat it!” (J. P.)
“First, you get a turkey at the turkey store. Next, use a wipe to clean the turkey. Then, put bread, potatoes, and salad on the turkey. Cook the turkey in the oven – it should be way hot. Keep it in the oven for about 20 minutes. Finally, you eat it!” (T. G.)
“First, you get a turkey from the store. You need to clean the turkey with water. Put the turkey in the oven. Then you eat it!” (W. H.)
“First, get a turkey at the store – Trader Joes. Next, put it in the washing machine to clean it. Cook the turkey in the oven on 25 degrees for 1 hour and 60 minutes. Finally, take it out and eat it!” (B. M.)
“First, you need to get a turkey at the store – Jimbos. then you take the stuffing out and take the bones out. Next, put oil on the turkey. Cook it in the oven on 1 degree for 13 minutes. Finally, put it on a tray, put it on a plate and then you eat it!” (D. M.)
“First, you need to get a turkey at the store – Target. Then you need to wash it in the dishwasher or the sink. Cook the turkey in the oven on 40 degrees for 60 minutes. Then you take it out and let it cool. Finally, you put it on a plate, cut it and put it on the table.” (E. M.)
“First, you need to get a turkey from the store – Vons. Next you wash it in the sink with water. Cook the turkey in the oven on 7 degrees for 4 minutes. Finally, eat it!” (E. F.)
Did you like the variety of instructions? I think we can gather from what they wrote that these little people know the stores that their parents shop at, and obviously participate in some of the routines of their parents such as the shopping. But where did they get the idea that turkeys are washed in the dishwasher or washing machine, or that you cook the turkey for 1 minute or on the other extreme 40 hours? Also, please, please ……if you follow these instructions….don’t cook the turkey on just 4 degrees or 10 degrees! You might be waiting until next Thanksgiving! Whatever you do, and however you cook your turkey……cook it well, I like to cook it on 325 or 350 degrees for at least 8 hours. I’ve even put a turkey in at night in the oven on a very low temperature such as 225 degrees, and cooked it overnight and there is no better smell to wake up to (other than coffee).
If you need a little bit of a Fall or Thanksgiving atmosphere other than turkey pictures, I think these two pictures taken a couple of years ago in Las Vegas should get you in the spirit!
Diwali is always special here in San Diego, and this year was no different. First, we had the wonderful Festival Of Lights in Balboa Park, then we had the Diwali Mela just last weekend on November 9th. The Mela always takes place in front of the Shri Mandir on Black Mountain Road in San Diego’s Mira Mesa area. That’s also where one of my favorite Indian fast-food/snack restaurants are: Surati (see pictures of their yummy sweets right here). Here’s just a few pictures:
This picture was taken of the group in the video below, but the picture was not taken at the Diwali Mela, it was taken earlier in the year when they performed to the same dance:
Here’s my video of just one of the performances…..I hope you enjoy it.
Have you ever made a mistake and regretted messing with something that you don’t know much about? Well, I just did that recently, and I have been quite shocked that I could not fix it. Oh well, I need to stop “crying” about it. As my 16 year old daughter would say “it’s a first world problem”. There’s many more real problems out there such as the horrible and devastating typhoon that just hit the Phillipines. My problem is not a real problem at all when you put it into perspective, after all….why do I even have a blog I sometimes ask myself.
I have toyed around with the idea of changing my online name to “luchanik”. On Pinterest I am known as luchanik. Now, I will change my name on Twitter to luchanik instead of @luchaniktravel and I might even do away with that particular account. Now that I am not involved in travel anymore, I have stopped tweeting on that account and only go on it to post my new posts whether they are videos or WordPress posts. By the way, all my links don’t link back properly. It’s hard to explain. I pointed my domain www.luchaniktravel.com to www.luchanik.wordpress.com and this at least solved some of my problems, but how do I get past this particular issue – let’s just say it has to do with Pinterest again. Okay, to give you an example, let’s just point to one of my pictures on there – it’s one I took in Vegas. Okay, so far so good, but now when you see that the picture stemmed from one of my WordPress posts, do you see where it says visit http://www.luchaniktravel.wordpress.com and if you click on it, it then brings up an awful page wherein when pressed, it says “luchaniktravel.wordpress.com is no longer available – the authors have deleted this site”. However, if you didn’t know about my problem and I had just told you about my blog url change, you would have seen all my content – it’s still here, and you wouldn’t realize there’s some other underlying problems – yes, it’s like I wiped out all my content and everything I did before, and have started anew with a new blog url but with all the content listed – I just don’t have anything from before pointing to the old url’s properly. As I said, it’s hard to describe.
As my daughter would say, this is a first world problem, or more accurately described as not a real problem compared to “real problems” so I can’t cry about it, and won’t cry about it. After all, I even said on my About Luchanik page previously that I might change my name. I took the step, and even though I didn’t think before I did it or didn’t realize that it wouldn’t work out quite the way I wanted it to, or that I couldn’t press the “undo” button – it’s done now, and I’m going to live with it. I will just go on Twitter and post my links again, this time they will have luchanik.com infront of them instead of luchaniktravel in front of the post.
The night when I changed my blog url and realized the big mess that I had created – I stayed up until 2:30 am and needless to say, I was like a “zombie” that morning at work – it would have been more fitting it was Halloween, but it was a few days after Halloween. I did not immediately publicize my new blog url as I sometimes still wonder do I really want to do this, and then I say – why not? It’s all about the creativity, and about a hobby or passion. I still love travel and I love photography. Anyway, I think this name will fit me better, it’s still a name I care about – “luchanik” consists of the names of my three kids, but since I’m not a travel agent any more, I don’t need the travel part on the url. All I can say is, if you want to change your blog url, think carefully about it, and prepare to be up late and for things to not work out exactly the way you want them to. However, I wish you better luck than I had.
You know I can’t blog without pictures, so here’s some to take my mind off things and away from my non-existent problems
As Dorothy says in the Wizard of Oz: “there’s no place like home”, I say the “Hotel Del – it’s so swell”. Talk to you all soon, have a terrific November!
I have a new Note 3, and I have enjoyed getting to know it. It was quite a transition from going from an Iphone to a non-Iphone, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
My first major testing place of my Note 3 was at Balboa Park on October 26th, 2013. I went here for the occasion of the Festival of Lights. However, I will show you some pictures taken at Balboa Park using my Note 3, and then some pictures taken with my Canon G10.
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3:
Now, here are some pictures taken with my Canon G10
I won’t show you pictures of my Note 3, as you can see what one is like from taking a look at this link:
However, I think the Note 3 takes pretty decent pictures, and can perform quite well in dim lighting. But, I would never give up my Canon G10 as I love this camera - there’s nothing like a dedicated stand-alone camera! I will say that I prefer the pictures taken with my Note 3 over those I used to take on the Iphone, but then my old Iphone 4′s camera had had only 5 megapixels or so, and the Note 3 has 13 megapixels, so that’s not a fair comparison. The G10 has about 10 megapixels, but I can’t say the Note 3′s camera is better, I am not that much into camera specifications to pass that type of judgment.
Here’s a picture taken with my Note 3 of one of my favorite subjects for photo-taking – my little 4 year old daughter!
I could take photos all day long of this little Princess!
But going back to my Note 3, all I can say with confidence is that I love using this super smartphone!
I could not miss going to Balboa Park after the wonderful experience last year. I looked forward to another Diwali spectacular, and I was not disappointed. Here’s a video that I made:
October 26th, 2013 was the date set for the Festival of Lights Celebration to take place in Balboa Park, and it started at 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm for activities leading up to the big show. These preliminary activities included stalls from various regions of India that displayed their region in all it’s splendor, including displaying arts and crafts, and putting on some pretty amazing dances. Then at 6pm, the “big show” was performed on the stage at the Organ Pavilion. The weather was cooperative, and unlike last year, there wasn’t any rain, and it was a beautiful San Diego day!
Here are some pictures showing you some of the preliminary activities that took place prior to the big show.
Sometimes, you will see the banners that display the region, and sorry if I don’t always show them
Here’s my little Indian Princess (she’s also seen dancing at the end of the video).
So, now I will show you some scenes from the “big show” that started at 6pm and went on until 7:45 pm or so.
First, there was the introduction, and the Mayor Elect of San Diego was present and also talked to the audience
Then the show began
Here’s the display of lights on the stage towards the end of the show, you can’t really see it very well, but this is where many participants paraded around the stage and the surrounding area with tiny little lamps – it was truly beautiful!
Of course, there’s nothing like a Bhangra Finale at the end of the show! The crowd joined in and danced to Bhangra!
In the next post, I am going to show you a few pictures of Balboa Park. In the meantime, Happy Diwali, 2013! I hope it will be a joyful and wonderful time for you, your family and friends.
The holidays are nearly here, and when I think of where I want to spend Thanksgiving, I always think of Las Vegas. My favorite place in Vegas is the Venetian, but of course I love Caesar’s and the Bellagio too. Here are just a few pictures.
Of course, I dream of visiting London too during the holidays, but that dream will have to perhaps become reality next year instead. Anyway, hope you are all dreaming of your holidays and making plans, the holidays will be here before you know it!