In June I packed my bags and flew across the country to San Diego, California, with high hopes for a weekend filled with sunshine and warmth. Reality did not meet my high expectations. Don’t let the blue sky in the first photos fool you. That was a “white whale” moment. The hospitality and unique neighborhood identities made up for it.
I feel as if I walked the whole city. Here were some highlights:
- LITTLE ITALY: Coffee, weekend farmers market, smell of Italian food wafting through the air. And, elderly gentleman playing chess along the sidewalk.
- GASLAMP DISTRICT: shops, eateries, and bustle, turned bar crawl at night.
- BALBOA PARK: the nation’s largest urban cultural park. The park included 15 museums, gardens, and the San Diego Zoo. The stunning architecture was reason enough to go.
- POINT LOMA: A short distance outside downtown, but great ocean views (though the whole city has that).
- NORTH PARK: A recently revitalized neighborhood with no shortage of local dining and drink spots. And coffee.
- LIBERTY STATION: A public market with a combination of ready-made food, groceries, and boutique goods. Go hungry, and grab a bite there. Also at Liberty Station: Stone Brewing, a San Diego local microbrewery.
Wear your walking shoes, bring your camera. My motto, always.