San Diego December 2010

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I promised I would be back with a recap of my trip to San Diego and here I am!

Back in October my parents proposed the idea of me heading to Southern California with them as a present for my birthday. I spent a day in San Diego three years ago and knew I wanted to go back to explore some more so I instantly said yes!

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I arrived on a Saturday afternoon and my parents and I immediately made our way an hour north of San Diego to Temecula-aka southern wine country!

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After our visit to southern wine country we  headed to Old Town Temecula for what would be one of many Mexican meals! I had fish tacos and lots of chips and salsa-yum! We then headed back to our hotel and I promptly passed out at 8pm-hellooo jetlag!

I woke up feeling pretty rested  and ready to get out and explore. My parents and I went for an early morning walk along the beach. We stayed at the Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island.

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We had breakfast at the hotel and then made our way to La Jolla for some sightseeing! Our first stop was to check out the cliffs and beaches. We went to Seal Beach which is the only beach in the country where seals and humans share the beach. We also did some “rock climbing” which in hindsight, probably wasn’t terribly smart considering how slippery the rocks were!

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We made our way up to the main part of town to grab a warm drink. As we were walking towards town we noticed many of the roads were closed and came to find out that La Jolla’s annual Christmas parade just happened to be starting in 30 minutes! We grabbed a seat on the street and watched some of the floats go by. It was so funny to see everyone wearing Santa hats and flip flops! Although I love a good snow I certainly wouldn’t mind a life near the beach wearing flip flops in December…

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The next few days were spent walking around downtown San Diego (Gaslamp District, Old Town), eating awesome Mexican food, drinking wine by the fire and taking walks along the beach, trying to spot the Navy SEALS.

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Before leaving the beautiful Hotel Del I made sure to get pictures in front of their amazing Christmas tree as well as a photo in front of the haunted room at the hotel!

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I really love exploring new cities and felt that I got a good overview of San Diego and what it has to offer. I had already been to the San Diego zoo last time I was there so I didn’t miss out on that – don’t worry!

**Have any of you been to San Diego before?? What was your favorite part? I definitely want to go back sometime soon!

Time to hit the sack – hope you all had a great weekend!

Ta-ta!

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4 responses

  1. I’m a resident of San Diego, so yes visiting the historic districts of Old Town and the Gaslamp Quarter are very fun. Next time you’re here I’ll show you some other cool places.

    As for spotting the SEALs, while San Diego is home to more than 30 Navy and Marine Corps bases and air stations, the SEALs are trained on the East Coast :P.

    Seal Beach isn’t bad, but it’s mostly a retirement community in Orange County, and home to a Naval Weapons Station and Boeing’s satellite place, where I worked for a year.