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Favorite thing: I really enjoyed my time at the artists' colony within the park. It's a series of adobe buildings with red tiled roofs which empty into a tiled courtyard....dotted with Bouganvellia vines and cactus. Various artists are housed in the buildings displaying their wares and some will give lessons in jewelry making or other crafts.
It's a wonderful way to view the local arts and wander through a beautiful setting while shopping for treasures.
South Park bungalow
Favorite thing: We toured some neighborhoods that my son has been watching....loving bungalows as he does and growing up with an architecture nut. South Park has been the up and coming place recently. Used to be run down and worn out, but now the revival has taken hold. There are gorgeous bungalows to be saved there. Many are already restored and truly lovely. That Prairie Style is also prevelant throughout the area...lots of Arts & Crafts...creative stone work...stucco....some knockout doorways and stained glass. Guess you have to be an architecture buff to enjoy driving around looking at this sort of thing. If you are as crazy as I am....please visit my travelogue for more pics of this interesting neighborhood.
Favorite thing: An 1887 Stick Eastlake house first owned by John Sherman, has a widow's walk and circular window. It was moved to Heritage Park in 1971. The Gilbert sisters brought many internationally famous entertainers to this home in the early years.
interior exhibits at Senlis cottage
Favorite thing: The Senlis Cottage was built for Eugene Senlis in 1896. He was an employee of the San Duiego pioneer horticulturist, Kate Sessions. (we met her on another tip about Balboa Park). This is a typical example of a home for working-class people. It now houses the Park Ranger office and rest rooms as well as the museum exhibit space. It seems funny to me to visit these historic sites...homes like this one considered so old. We moved out of a house built in 1895 to go to a house built in 1763...so it's hard for me to think about them as museums.
visiting the mission
Favorite thing: There are a number of missions scattered around San Diego. I wish I could take a guided tour of all of them. The architecture is old Mexican stucco with arches and the grounds are beautiful and tranquil. Try to slip in to at least one while you are on your visit. Hopefully they will always be preserved.
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