Tuesday, September 15, 2009

San Diego Adventures

So we ventured an hour outside of Irvine to San Diego in finding new adventures for the weekend for cheap or for free even!

We visited Seaport Village on our first day ~ a quaint little area by the sea with souvenir shops and restaurants. Luckily for me that weekend, they had an Artwalk right by the Seaport Village with free admission.

That night, I found an underground dancing bar in Gaslamp Quarters with no cover! We danced the night away and had a blast!

The next day, we visited Coronado Beach...beautiful beaches with white sand. We went for a 1 1/2 hour bike ride along this well paved trail. Paid $12 per person for 2 hours for bike rentals.

Our final day, we ventured to Balboa Park where we went to the Natural History Museum to see the Body Worlds 2 exhibit. It was my first time, and I loved what I saw & learned. We paid only $15 b/c we went on a Monday and b/c I printed coupons from online. It's all about doing a little research before going anywhere. Balboa Park is huge with 11 museums and many botanical gardens. The gardens are free, but museums do have admission fee. They have a wonderful thing called a balboa park pass for $35 where you can visit it all in 7 days. While we were there, we also visited the Dessert Garden, Rose Garden, Botanical Building, and the Spanish Art Village. It was free parking and free admission to most. Loved every moment that I was there... looking forward to going back to see more!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Orange International Street Fair 2009

The City of Orange have been hosting the Orange International Street Fair for the past 3 decades every Labor Day Weekend (Fri to Sun).
It was my first year going and it was a treat in many ways: festive atmosphere, variety of food choices, and craft vendors for those who love to shop!

My favorite were the very sweet lemonade & rosettes cookies. Yum! These Norweign fried sweet balls were good too!

My cousin ended up buying this really cool feathered pin from one of the vendors:

We went on a very hot day during the day...next time I think we'll go after the heat has died down. The pros of this place was that there is no entrance fee, you can find parking in residential area for free, and there is a lot to eat... so go hungry!