I recently returned from a trip to San Diego, California. My purpose of the trip was business related and while I was there I got to explore the city a bit.
My conference originally was scheduled to be in San Francisco and was uberly excited about it. Then it was moved to San Diego and I wasn't that excited anymore...
I had no expectations of what my experience would be like in San Diego, and I must say how pleasantly surprised I was to meet such a beautiful city. The weather was absolutely perfect and apparently is the case all year round. Did you know that one of San Diego's main economic engines is military and defense-related activities? I am completely fascinated with navy stories, the ships, the jets, etc. The US Navy is the largest employer in San Diego! Who knew! I'm a Top Gun kinda gal, which by the way I happened to see the place where they filmed the bar scenes in that movie. Oooh yea! San Diego is incredibly rich in history and could talk about it for days if I had the memory to retain it all. :) Did I mention I could see Tijuana from the Coronado Bridge (a bridge that connects San Diego to Coronado Island, like Nassau and Paradise Island)!
Unfortunately, the closest I had to a camera was my nephew's iPod touch and they do not take very good distant pictures! (Tiffany and I are dying for iPhones)
The pictures that follow are the only good pictures I could use. :( and do not truly capture EVERYTHING I saw [i.e. the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), the super carrier that on 2 May 2011, following the death of Osama bin Laden, his body was brought aboard Carl Vinson, which was operating in the Northern Arabian Sea, and buried at sea following religious rites].
Here is a brief look into San Diego thru my eyes....
|Me, in my room about to get the day started|
|Me, getting my day started with an in hotel Starbucks! :)|
|Hilton San Diego Bayfront Sign ~ Hotel in which I stayed|
|Hotel San Diego Bayfront ~ from a distance (standing next to the Convention Centre which was right next door)|
|I know we have these at home but I couldn't help take a picture of this beautiful Bird of Paradise|
|View of the Gaslamp Area and downtown San Diego|
|Entrance to the Gaslamp Quarter ~ 16 blocks of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops!|
|My view of Downtown San Diego at night|
|My $50 breakfast from room service, an egg white omelet, potatoes, a bowl of fruit and a pot of tea!|
|My view of San Diego Bay, in the distance I could see the Navy ships|
|San Diego transit system aka San Diego Trolley|
|Coronado Bridge, beautiful bridge with amazing views. It had to be tall enough for the battle ships to pass underneath. We could see Tijuana, Mexico from this bridge!|
|A little pool action at the hotel|
|San Diego Air and Space Museum & Ripley's Believe It or Not!|
|Apollo 9 Command Module|
|Space Suit? Sorry, didn't get the exact caption for this and from which mission!|
|Old Town Trolley City Tour ~ I thoroughly enjoyed this tour!|
|Inside the trolley, seats 35 on park like benches|
|San Diego Skyline from Coronado Island (which is an affluent resort city across the Bay)|
|House moved to Coronado in 1985. Yes, I said the house moved to this location by crane.|
|Can't remember this photo, shipping maybe?|
|The Luna, the owner of this amazing yacht is the owner of Smirnoff and the football (soccer) club Chelsea|
|USS Midway, a Museum|
|Slipped in a little dinner pic from Cheesecake Factory ~ my favorite place :)|
|Just a random picture|
|Work of art|
|Another random picture|
|Another piece of Art|
OK, so there are many other places and attractions that I haven't been able to share, like Olde Town San Diego, Little Italy, The Coronado Hotel, The San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and the PetCo Stadium where the San Diego Padres play baseball.
All in all, it was a great trip and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to experience this beautiful city. I would definitely suggest visiting San Deigo :)
A San Diego goin' Candilaria