Wordless Wednesday: Sweden International House Balboa Park San Diego

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Sweden International House

Balboa Park San Diego

 

International Cottages at Balboa Park in San Diego

 

Balboa Park, a 1200-acre urban park in San Diego, is a real treasure, and we have enjoyed multiple visits to the gardens, museums (including the world famous San Diego Zoo), and the House of Pacific Relations Inernational Cottages. 

 

These quaint cottages, 34 of them representing different countries, are great fun to visit. We were at the international food festival back in 2012 and checked a number of them out. Alas, the one for Sweden - my maternal side of my family - was closed that day.

 

Each cottage has historical information, exhibits, souvenirs you can buy, sometimes food, and hosts who are happy to share their knowledge of each country's culture, history and traditions.

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Raymond E. Camp
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Good afternoon Jeff,

Looks like it could be an all day event; so hope there are some sweedish meatballs along the route.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 PM #1
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Jeff what a fun place to explore and learn! We don't anything like that here in my area.

Jan 18, 2017 12:32 PM #2
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I have been to San Diego numerous times and wasn't aware this existed. Next time for sure.

Jan 18, 2017 12:36 PM #3
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Jeff. have I told you I LOVE where you live? The only place one can enjoy an international flare in Central FL is Epcot. That is a really cute cottage.

Jan 18, 2017 12:51 PM #4
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That sounds like fun.  Visiting a different country with each cottage and never boarding a plane.  Love it.

Jan 18, 2017 01:06 PM #5
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I have heard of Balboa Park San Diego but would would love see it myself one of these days. Your description is great Jeff.

Jan 18, 2017 04:22 PM #6
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Raymond E. Camp  - ah, yes, a time tested favorite. I like some of the food, but there is some I find appalling, like lutefisk!

I knew nothing about it the first time we visited Anna Banana Kruchten . It was such a fun discovery, and this little village is very quaint and charming in the midst of a beautiful park. I think many of these "cottages" date back to the 1930s.

Jeff

Jan 18, 2017 05:04 PM #7
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Hi Joe Pryor  - Balboa Park is really a wonderful place to visit and with the beautiful architecture and gardens, plus all the different museums and the zoo, it's easy to spend quite a bit of time there.

Beth Atalay  - I yes, and I get why. I do, too! This collection of cottages is really lots of fun to visit, although there are not always open.

Jeff

Jan 18, 2017 05:06 PM #8
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Hi Belinda Spillman  - we had a great time, and I think we only got to 10 or 12 of them. And there is quite a diversity - Asia/Southeast Asia, the Philipines, Africa, South America, the Midde East, and Europe

Jeff

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We spent some significant time at the park but didn't see these cottages when we were there.

Jan 18, 2017 05:55 PM #10
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Ed Silva 

Well it IS pretty big park and unless you know they are there I think the major attention is focussed on the museums.

Jeff

Jan 18, 2017 06:46 PM #11
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Good Morning Jeff Dowler - I'm not familiar with these cabins but it sure would be fun to visit and check them out! I have many fond memories of San Diego when my daughter had a beach house. She was married in Balboa Park and that was my last visit before she moved out of CA.

You right about Balboa Park - It's a very beautiful and intriguing place to visit. I hope you get to Sweden soon, either at Balboa Park or the country! I think you and your wife would enjoy it very much. 

Jan 19, 2017 07:19 AM #12
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Hi Patricia Feager 

Well, no plans to go to Sweden but I would like to get back to Balboa Park and explore some more, including these cottages. Our last visit was to the art musuem which was wonderful!

Jeff

Jan 19, 2017 07:48 AM #13
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