I cruised into San Diego and the GPS said “Turn right and go down three blocks…” What it didn’t say was WATCH OUT, you are approaching a major hill and down I went. I wasn’t prepared for the kind of hills that I expect from San Francisco.
I found my hotel and checked into a really charming and old facility. The room was small, the elevator ancient with an iron grill that you have to pull and then open the door, the bathroom had a tiny shower and a toilet and the sink was in the bedroom. But I found lots to enjoy about the space. It was cozy and different from the constant experience of new hotels that are homogenous in design, function and price.
I had made my reservations in the Gaslamp Quarter and proceeded immediately to the baseball game – Houston Astros at San Diego Padres. Great seats behind home plate, beer and peanuts completed the evening. But I had to move in the bottom of the 8th inning to get the “feet photo” so I apologize for posting so many.
A little about this city that I fell in love with. Being in the Gaslamp Quarter I was surrounded by really great architecture, gourmet restaurants, a cool old deco movie theater, and a few blocks from the baseball park and the convention center. Both of these buildings were designed with so many facets of interesting materials, shapes angles and curves. On my second night I decided to eat at the recommended Croce’s (for those of you who remember that’s Jim Croce’s widow’s place). The food was an incredible thrill bite by bite. I had grilled sea scallops on a bed of risotto, asparagus and edamame. All this while a jazz band played in the bar. With a bottle of wine to round out the experience I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
About that bottle of wine. I didn’t finish it all, but nearly. So when I got back to the hotel I was just a bit tipsy (it’s okay, I was walking). What did I do, well I took pictures of myself and they turned out so funny. I’ve included the ones that don’t look too scary.
My final jaunt in San Diego was to La Jolla, the posh seaside community. Now those houses were really spectacular. I had a great lunch at a restaurant in the middle of the hill going down to the beach. When I took my after lunch walk I got to see the seals in La Jolla Cove. A quick visit to a really cool place.