Monday, 29 September 2014

Stumbling on San Diego

San Diego. I am pretty shocked it took us less than 2 hours to drive to this gorgeous city from Long Beach. We had big plans for our trip with lots of points of interest in our itinerary. Firstly, en route to Seaport Village we had an accidental stop-off by the Harbour and took a brisk walk down the promenade, stumbling by the Maritime Museum. We had no real idea of where we were going the whole time.

We were greeted by an older chap wearing a cowboy hat. He initiated conversation to tell us a bit about different boats we could experience in the museum. Kindly - knowing that we didn't have enough time to explore properly - I asked him how we would arrive at Seaport Village as we were visiting today only. He pointed us in the right direction and we jumped back into our rented Nissan Micra and set off for Seaport Village. Seaport Village was full of eateries, bars, quirky shops and friendly people. We had expected the area to be less of a tourist trap but nonetheless we were 'holiday' feel of the area.

Ben and Jerry's...
Swings & Things, a small boutique selling hammocks and swings.
Jo just had to have a go.

Thanks to the breeze from the sea, I had quite a few 'Marilyn' moments.
I loved this guy's sign.
From there we decided to make our way into the Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown San Diego. This area is well known for it's spanish homage and boasts independent boutiques, sports bars and LOTS of Mexican Cantinas.
We were desperate for a drink. The sun was scorching.
We passed Hustler and couldn't stop ourselves from causing some mischief.
Jo and I thought about getting some money-making heels.
Costumes everywhere!
We had an issue with the Sat Nav (non-recognisable to Americans by this name but known rather as a GPS) so stopped at a hotel to ask for directions on the way home. They offered to charge our GPS for us as it was our power point in the car that was jacked. Although we had to cut our day short and head back to LA, we had enough power to make two more much needed stops on the way home. Solana beach was first. We arrived at the best time too! The sunset was beautiful.

More importantly, we managed to stop for my first ever IN-N-OUT burger. They cost about $3 for a burger and are definitely healthier than anything from the MacDonalds saver menu. Highly recommended!

It's delicious!

With a full stomach we retired back to our hotel and stumbled into our beds. Until next time, San Diego, peace out!

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