Sunday Afternoon in the Park
My eight year old granddaughter saves her money. During my last visit, I noticed three full piggy banks in her room. Recently, she invested her money in a tablet and now the rest of us had to get the AP for our phones so we could chat with her. Her father scrutinizes her contacts so it’s safe and fun.
In the past week I received a photo she took of her three year old sister sticking her tongue out, a drawing for me telling me how much she missed me and lots of answers to my questions about school.
A chat that touched me deeply described last Sunday when their family went to Balboa Park after church. They ate a picnic lunch and then visited the International Cottages. I’ve been to the cottages on prior trips to San Diego and enjoyed my granddaughter's perspective about them.
I’ll showcase some of their photos along with some of my memories to explain the International Cottages that the park features.
This first photo is a collage of Sookie now compared to my first visit to the park when she was just a baby!
The House of Hungary is a good example of one of these cottages. This photo features the entrance where visitors can walk through and taste a sample of Hungarian food and look at Hungarian artifacts.
Sookie wrote that her favorites to visit are the Houses of Spain, China and Germany. I mentioned that I like the Houses of Israel and Poland.
My daughter emailed this first photo to me from their weekend, but the second is from my very first visit to the House of Israel when Sookie was a baby.
These are dishes displayed in the House of Poland. If you hang around long enough enjoying Polish delicacies, the dancers put on a happy show as they dance the Double Hop Polka.
Balboa Park features The International Cottage Exhibit once a month. One thing I like every day there, year ‘round, is the Japanese Rose Garden and Tea House. I've enjoyed a delicious cup of tea at one of their sidewalk tables, breathing in the beauty of the roses. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Which International cottage would you choose to visit if you were there?