San Diego California

My sweet bloggy friend Judy, author of the blog Gold Country Cottage, just returned from a month long visit in San Diego California. She recently posted her beautiful photos of this fabulous city and in doing so she brought back memories for me of my own trip to the west coast and the time I spent in San Diego.  After reading Judy's post I decided to dig through my old photos which were uploaded to an external hard drive a couple years back. So here is my story along with a few of the photos I found...

Donna in front of the statue called "Unconditional Surrender" in Mole park San Diego

In January of 2011 my very close friend Donna asked me if I'd like to join her on a trip she was going to make for work out to beautiful San Diego California. She is a Nurse Practitioner and had to attend a 4 day conference at the convention center in San Diego. This invitation came on the heels of one of the absolutely most terrible times of my life...the passing of my wonderful brother-in-law, my sister's husband Charlie. So of course I was ready for a little diversion of sorts and spending time with Donna in a place I had never been to before, well to me the sounded like the best medicine in the world.

San Diego's weather, simply put, is Phe-nom-en-al!!! 
The temps are typically in the low 70's all year round with not very much rain. And for being right on the Pacific ocean I am here to tell you that there is no humidity there despite it being a coastal city, so every day is a "good hair day"!

In the harbor just across from Mole Park floats the USS Midway which is now a museum. The midway was decommissioned in 1992 after an unprecedented 47 years of service. 

And what is a trip to San Diego without visiting their world famous zoo?

We also took a jog through PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres!

While in San Diego Donna and I stayed in the historic Gaslamp District which is loaded with fabulous places to dine. The Italian eatery is right next to the Irish pub which is across the street from the Afghan Restaurant. But our favorite place to hang out was at the wine bar called 
The Grape.
823 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

I also found a number of quaint stores and boutiques available for my shopping pleasure in the Gaslamp District. This what I was doing while Donna was attending her conferences.

The convention center itself was enormous and sat right on the water's edge adjacent to yet another marina.

The architecture of this city is so striking!!! Such a beautiful mix of old and new.

The last night we were in San Diego we took the ferry over to Coronado...

Hotel Del Coronado

...to catch a sunset...  

...watch a full moon rise...

...and take a ferry ride back home.

 This was after all the just medicine I needed to forge ahead with the next several months of sadness as we all struggled with the loss of our beloved Charlie. Some day I would love to revisit this wonderful place. 

Thank you so much Donna for the memories!!!

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  1. Wonderful photos. San Diego was a vacation destination for a milestone anniversary. Thank you for refreshing good memories..

  2. We went to San Diego two weeks ago. :) It was actually pretty chilly when we were there but we still had fun. We were also there in March and that famous weather was perfection! I have many of the same pictures you shared. Isn't it the best place to visit?

  3. We have talked about taking a trip to San Diego.The boys want to go to Legoland and I would love to go to Hotel Coronado.

  4. Hi Barbara. Your pictures are wonderful. It is such great fun to see some of the things I've taken photos of from a different perspective. Thank you for mentioning me in this post. Do you remember if the nurse is holding red roses in her hand that is up on the sailor's chest. A few years ago it was said that whoever loaned that statue to the city was taking it back., and I thought they had. But it was still there last month, but she is holding red roses which I didn't notice before and I can't tell from looking at my old pictures, but I can see them in the one I just took. Do you know anything about that?..Great memories. The new library that I wrote about is right next to Petco Park on Park Avenue..Happy Monday..Judy

  5. Lovely post and great to know about the climate there!
    Good friends are important. :-)
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas


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