Blogs from San Diego, California, United States, North America


This is the first of two blogs about our trip to California for my son Will and daughter in law Mercy's wedding. Our daughter Rosanna suggested that we join her family, Evan and grand children Connor and Logan for a mini vacation in San Diego before going to the wedding venue in Temecula. Of course, we agreed as we wanted to spend quality time with each member of our family, which is so often lost when there is a large gathering. 15 May 2022 Sunday. This was our travel day. Flying in this day and age is so miserable with delays and full flights. This was to be no exception. While waiting in line to board the flight from Colorado Springs to Denver, where we would catch a connecting flight to San Diego, an announcement was ... read more
Grannie giving Logan a backrub
Evan, Rosanna, Linda, Connor and Logan at the San DIego Zoo
Logan at the San DIego Zoo

Travelzoo had some interesting information about San Diego's Little Italy. It has increasingly become one of my favorite places in the city. Let's see why. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. The Saturday street market is one of my favorite events here. But any day is a good day here. Thanks to waves of Sicilian and Ligurian immigrants who began building up San Diego’s tuna fishing industry in the 19th century, Italian culture figures prominently into the local mix, too. And as you might guess, url=!;%ecid!;%eaid!Little Italy is the best place to find the vestiges. But as you might not guess, it’s also one of the best places to go f... read more
Love my oysters
USS Midway

North America » United States » California » San Diego February 1st 2021

Megan from Conde Nast Traveler: Everyone is talking about how much it sucks url= being able to travel. I’ve heard people around me say they feel trapped, or they’ve been down about canceling vacations they were really excited for. (Me too!) But for me, not being able to travel feels like something bigger than that. Travel is the thing I’m most passionate about. When I describe myself to people, the first thing I say is that I’m a traveler. I feel like I’ve been cut off from the thing I cared most about, from something that defines me. I’ve even struggled to answer the question, What do you like to do? recently, because normally I’d just say: travel. It's also something I really goo... read more
Bill Knew Something
My morning sunrise

So, the experts have a list of activities, as do many of you, concerning how you can get exercise during the self quarantine or shelter in place. The obvious: Plan next trip (always)WalkingRunningCycling (my choice)HikingGardening (yes, plant that garden!)SkateboardRide a scooterTennis, but don't touch your opponent's ballsYogaWalk the dog (Lexi and I do a bike run)You tube exercise videosI knew those old VHS exercise tapes would come in handy, but what do I play them on??Sew a mask or two Not so obvious: Fill out your census onlinePhantom of the Opera (You tube)Take an online courseMeditateMedicate (if you must)Wash your carWax your carDo housework, clean closetsBake (I love pies, and cookies)SexStop watching CNN or TV rerunsSexTrash pickup on your streetSexSkydivingDreamPhotographyCookingCanningPaintingFace time, Zoom, or call y... read more
Cycling is even better!
When all else fails, have a beer

North America » United States » California » San Diego December 28th 2019

"Why am I doing this?!" Here's what happens to me every time I travel. It hits me 1-5 days before departure, like a dark feeling of dread, like an oversized butterfly flapping it's huge oversized wings inside my stomach. Aloud and silently I repeatedly ask myself, "Why am I doing this?" Then, while I battle the oversized butterfly, I mope and sulk. People who don't know me probably think I don't want to go on whatever trip it is I'm packing for. But it's not that I don't want to go. Not at all. It's simply that I detest the packing. Now, since I travel a fair amount, I've thought a lot about this. And after much consideration, I've concluded that what I really, REALLY detest is disconnecting from my familiar routine. You see, I find, ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego December 27th 2019

I have a love/hate relationship with having a car. On the one hand, having the freedom to jump willy-nilly into my car and go wherever my mood takes me is a pretty joyful thing to be able to do. Nestling into the driver's seat, switching on a favorite audible book, donning my shades, and taking off to....someplace--is a privilege I appreciate very much. De otra manera,... (fyi...this keeps happening--As I continue preparing for Costa Rica, Espanglish phrases and words pop into my head at random times as I keep honing my Spanish-speaking skills. As I'm writing, often the Spanish version of whatever I'm about to write suddenly appears in my brain. So...I've decided to just start sprinkling the Spanish in with the English. Hence, "De otra manera" here. Or, on the other hand....) So......De otra manera, ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego November 11th 2019

It has taken me 60+ years to finally figure out how important beginnings are to my peace of mind. I like beginnings; in fact, I kinda thrive on them. The converse is also true: I detest the mundane; I kinda suffocate when things become predictable. One would think I'd have caught on to this pattern long ago.....say, oh, after my second divorce, or my fifth job change, or my fourth "new hobby". One would think I'd have clued into how this "I love beginnings" pattern has kept repeating itself in every relationship--marital, parental, familial, platonic, work, human, non-human. But, no. There was a third divorce, and, after that, two more attempts at a long term relationship before I embraced the reality that marriage and I were not meant to be together. It also explains why the ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego » Pacific Beach September 4th 2019

With 70 miles of picturesque beaches, San Diego is truly a seaside paradise for tourists. And what better time than the fall season to explore its amazing beaches when everything from the temperatures to the hotel prices and tourist density goes down. While La Jolla and Mission Bay have been prominent beaches in the area, there are plenty of other coastal stretches where you can spread your sheets and bask under the shining sun. Extending from the international boundary to the North County coastline, here are some of the hidden beaches of San Diego that will surely leave you stunned. #1 Border Field State Park This splendid beach gets its name from its location along the Mexican Border towards the southwest corner of the US. The Border Field State Park encompasses about one and a half-mile ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego June 6th 2019

Die zwei wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten in San Diego waren für mich der Museumsflugzeugträger USS Midway und das historische Gaslamp Quarter. Nach dem Frühstück bin ich zunächst zu ersterem und habe diesen besichtigt. Ich war ja schon 1997 in New York auf einem Museumsflugzeugträger. Auch dieser hier in San Diego ist sehr interessant. Danach habe ich in einem empfohlenen mexikanischen Restaurant zu Mittag gegessen. Dabei habe ich drei Tacos bestellt. Dazu gab es Tortilla Chips. Von dort bin ich zum Gaslamp Quarter. Es ist das alte Zentrum von San Diego. Dort bin ich hindurch gegangen und habe in einem Starbucks wieder einen Frappuccino bestellt. Außerdem habe ich einen gewissen Vorrat an Wasser für meine geplanten Fahrten in der Wüste gekauft. Nun sitze ich wieder im Hotel. Ich mache auch gleich noch ein Foto meiner beiden Reiseführer für die ... read more
Museumsschiff USS Midway.
Historisches Gaslamp Quarter.
Historisches Gaslamp Quarter.

North America » United States » California » San Diego June 5th 2019

Heute habe ich Los Angeles verlassen. Die Stadt ist ja auch bekannt für eine gewisse Kriminalität und dem trauere ich nicht nach. Auch wenn mein Reiseführer schon angekündigt hat, dass Touristen damit normalerweise nicht in Kontakt kommen. Aber eine gewisse Armut ist bei vielen Leuten ersichtlich und nach den vielen teuren Kriegen und der Finanzkrise kein Wunder. Und College und Universitäten für den sozialen Aufstieg sind teuer. Ich glaube, mir hätte und hat niemand zum Studium ein Stipendium gegeben. Da verwundert es dann nicht, dass Donald Trump und Bernie Sanders relativ populär sind. Ich bin also nach dem Frühstück zur Metrostation und habe an dem übrigens zweisprachigen Automaten (wie zu erwarten hört man viel Spanisch in der Stadt) mein Ticket bis zur Union Station gekauft. Wo meine Autovermietung ist, das wusste ich ja bereits. Mit meinem ... read more
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Aussichtspunkt unterwegs.

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