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Happy Diwali from San Diego

We had one of our big Diwali celebrations in San Diego on October 15, 2016.  It was the Festival of Lights held at Balboa Park.  It was a fantastic event, yet again.  This year it was special, because as well as dancing, we had singing, and there was a world-class singer who entertained us, so it was truly magnificent.  His name is Aditya Rao, and apparently he has won several awards, and has appeared in several videos like the one below:

Here he is performing at Balboa Park, and he’s also seen in this video that I made

Here is a video that shows the lighting of the lamps display, and the women carrying the lamps during the lamp parade.

Here is a video showing Punjabi music and specifically, Bhangra at the Festival Of Lights….spectacular!

 

Here are more photos showing Aditya Rao, and the performances that he was part of.

 

 

Here are some other pictures taken at Festival Of Lights

These are the lamps on display.  I have never taken pictures of the lamps before as I always get a seat, and never venture towards the lamps, but this year I did, and I’m glad!

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

Here are some of the other performances

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

One of Aditya Rao again, with the main presenter

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

Here’s little Chandra having fun!

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

This is Aditya Rao standing with the main organizers and this is just prior to the Indian Anthem being sung

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

President Barack Obama graced Diwali at Balboa Park with his presence, even though it was just on screen.  He wished us a Happy Diwali!  This was ever so nice, just to see President Obama in Balboa Park!

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

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Festival Of Lights, Balboa Park, San Diego – October 15, 2016

I really love going to the Festival Of Lights, as I enjoy seeing the performances, seeing Balboa Park again, seeing the stage graced by beautiful dances in clothes that sparkle, and then of course the lights tinkle!  I also enjoy eating the Indian food that is available from many of the vendors who participate in Festival Of Lights.  This year I got samosas, chicken saag and rice, and gulab jamun – that was two trays of food for me and Chandra, which included passion fruit juice for her and a nice cup of Pumpkin Spice Chai that cost just $9.  You can’t beat that price!

I hope you enjoyed my pictures of the Festival Of Lights, and I hope you all have a truly beautiful Diwali.  May light conquer over darkness, may good prevail over evil, and may we all experience peace, joy and prosperity on Diwali, and in the year ahead.  Happy Diwali!

Venetian Magic

Venetian Magic, Venetian splendor!  Oh, how I love the Venetian grandeur.  This hotel/resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, is my absolute favorite out of all of them there.  I have stayed at the Venetian many years ago, and absolutely loved it!  I wish I could always stay there when ever I visit Las Vegas.  Even when I stay elsewhere, I make it a point to go visit the Venetian.  If you can’t go to Venice, at least go to the Venetian – it’s a bit of the real thing.  Here are some pictures:

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

My kids outside the Venetian, last Christmas

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

Isn’t this place pretty?  Isn’t it magical?  Wish I could have a permanent suite there!  These were all pictures taken outside of the Venetian, next time I will show you some pictures taken inside.

 

Lovely La Jolla

La Jolla, San Diego

Lovely La Jolla, what more is there to say.  This place which is just a 12 minute drive for me going south, or a 20 minute drive from downtown San Diego is spectacular.  The scenery is amazing, and the wildlife is abundant.

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

Wildlife at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

Wildlife at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

Most of the time, the seals like to laze on the beach, and don’t move much at all, but all of a sudden, a few of them got up to take a dip in the ocean!

Sea lion at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

Sea lion at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

Look at this one! Doesn’t it look like a cross between a sea lion, and a tortoise?

Half sea lion/half tortoise at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

Half sea lion/half tortoise at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

The Seals at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

The Seals at La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego
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We walked away from the ocean onto Prospect Street, and Chandra got to play with a massive globe that was a water-fountain feature.  Oh, she rolled and rolled the globe around.  She was enchanted!

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

across from La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla, San Diego

Afterwards, we went for a treat to the Living Room, a really wonderful coffee house, that has wonderful pastries, and sandwiches.  I got Chandra two macaroons, which she devoured before I got to take photos of them, and I also did the same with my pistachio baklava.  Chandra then eyed my coconut mocha, and oh my gosh, it was delicious – it was made with low fat milk, and extra hot.  I left a tiny bit of it for Chandi to try, as she really should not be drinking coffee at her tender age of 7!  She loved it, well….it was delicious!

The Living Room in La Jolla

Then she got some gelato from a place called Gelateria, across from the Living Room, and again, I didn’t take pictures – but this was Chandi’s treat as mine was the coconut mocha.  Then, it was time for a few more pictures.

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

This last picture was from a previous visit to La Jolla

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

La Jolla Cove, San Diego

I hope you liked my pictures of La Jolla.  It really is a nice place to visit.  I really enjoy it there, and I think I would like to say it is one of my favorites in San Diego.

 

Dreaming of London

Tower Bridge, London

Oh, I’m homesick for England, and I’m dreaming of London

So, I’ll look at these pictures, and imagine myself there

Oh, I’m dreaming of London

And wanting to move there

A New Year makes me ponder

Ponder of yonder, and whether I should just dream

Or make that dream a goal, and put it into action.

I think you can read between these lines, that my heart aches for London

And I may have to act upon it real soon.  Hope to see you soon, London!

Real question is…..do I go back after so long away?  Will it be the right step, the right move, or will I regret it?  It’s not easy to move when you have kids to think of.  When I moved here a long time ago, it was just me, and so much easier then.  This will be the question of the year for me, shall I do it?  Time will tell!

Balboa Park As Seen From San Diego Zoo

San Diego Museum of Man At Balboa Park, As Seen From The San Diego Zoo

I went to the San Diego Zoo in December, and saw the beautiful Museum Of Man from the Sky Ride.  You may have seen some of the pictures I have posted before of this particular amazing building, but I haven’t posted pictures taken at the Zoo of it. So here you are…..

You may wonder what the Sky Ride is, it’s a wonderful lift with seats for about 4 people that will take you from one part of the Zoo to another, and you go up, up, up in the air!  Best of all, it’s a free ride with you annual pass, otherwise I think you have to purchase tickets.  We love the Sky Ride!

The Sky Ride At The San Diego Zoo

The Sky Ride At The San Diego Zoo

Pictures may be taken near or afar, but San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park are two treasures that you have to see up close.  Did I tell you we love the Sky Ride?  Well, we also love the San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park!

2015 in review

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The San Diego Zoo – How Fun!

The San Diego Zoo

I love the zoo!  How about you?  This is going to be a simple and short post, but just want to say it’s one of the best places in San Diego, and makes for a great day out.

This is Chandi at the Zoo when she was about 18 months old.

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Orangutans – San Diego Zoo

This was Chandi just yesterday celebrating her 7th birthday at the Zoo. She seems less afraid of the orangutans now!

The San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo

Here are some more pictures of the Zoo taken yesterday, November 21st, 2015

 

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San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo

My favorite part of the Zoo yesterday, hard to say between the monkeys, orangutans, elephants and koalas, I loved all those best, but really enjoyed seeing the elephants.

The San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo

How could I not put a picture of a cuddly koala in this post?  I so much would have loved to hold it!

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

So glad to have an annual pass again.  See you again soon, Zoo!