No recipe this time, friends. I’ll be honest – I’ve given myself a short break from cooking up a storm on a daily basis. That break is much needed these days. But it is temporary and food will come back to this blog.
This time I want to take you on a trip to one of California’s most beautiful cities, San Diego, bordering Mexico. It is about 2 hours of driving from Long Beach. We drove there a couple of weeks ago on a nice, sunny day. The plan was to meet up with friends and take the kids to the famous San Diego Zoo. We met with the friends, but the plans changed. We went sightseeing in the city, instead of going to the zoo.
First on our agenda was San Diego Seaport Village – a fabulous waterfront shopping, dining, and recreation complex. Then we drove to the Historic Old Town San Diego – little Mexico, an amazing place filled with history everywhere you turn. There is something for everybody to enjoy there – museums, authentic Mexican restaurants, mariachis, galleries, shops that sell everything from San Diego souvenirs to Mexican sombreros. If you plan to go to San Diego – this is the place to see first and foremost. There are many other places to see in San Diego as well but we didn’t have a chance to see them all. They are on our next trip’s agenda though.
You can find a lot written about San Diego and its places of interest on the internet. I do not want to dwell on much details – rather, I want you to enjoy the pictures I took during our brief stay in this fabulous city.
Let’s begin. I snapped that very first photo from the car as we we drove on a San Diego highway to the Old City. On the go photography worked pretty well, don’t you think?
Marina in San Diego’s Seaport Village.
Ocean souvenirs for sale in Seaport Village.
I just had to take their picture. Everybody stopped to watch these colorful pals fight then make up.
San Diego as seen from our hotel room.
While strolling on a coastal paradise.
San Diego downtown as seen from the car.
Soft sand and breathtaking vistas along the coast.
A very creative store name.
The table was set with all the necessary tools to read one’s fortune, but the psychic reader was nowhere to be seen around.
In full bloom.
Historic Old Town of San Diego. We felt like we were transplanted to Mexico. Old Town is considered the birthplace of California. This is where the first Spaniards came in the 16th century and settled afterwards.
Mexican store named after Frida Kahlo in Old Town.
Handmade Mexican pottery. Colors everywhere! This is the beauty of Mexican culture.
Inside a Mexican restaurant we had our dinner at.
This is what most from our group ordered for dinner – beef fajitas. I went with Mexican seafood soup – muy delicioso!
Nice looking band.
This is a sign at the entrance to a store that sells ingredients which, as they claim, will put your tongue on fire.
A lovely band entertaining restaurant guests (we were just passing by).
A board that talks about California cuisine.
Everything in Old Town has an authentic flair to it.
The poster in the picture sums it up.
Meltem with a romantic violin player.
Mexican women kneading the dough, rolling it, and making bread.
This singer was not wearing a sombrero when I approached the stage to take his picture, but he put it on immediately for me, so that my picture turned out authentic:) Muchas gracias!
Sneaking into a tortilla making booth.
Handmade candles displayed in numbers in a candle shop.
Casa de Estudillo. This is a house where José Antonio Estudillo, a treasurer and revenue collector lived with his 11 children.
A restaurant in which patrons can wear sombreros for that authentic Mexican touch.
Hasta luego, amigos!
More about Old Town San Diego and other places of interest: