I had such lofty dreams before beginning our California trip. That I would post many photos, include many more details than I have been, wax poetic about what we see….but, as it happens, I am barely able to keep up with a simple posting what with the super slow WiFi and it taking upwards of 5 minutes per photograph, and me barely staying awake after a long days travel. Buahhahaha…
Anyway, a little bit about the city of San Diego. We simply fell in love with it. The energy, the sunshine, the soft cool breezes, the pretty houses with pretty gardens, the food….everything!!!!
We stayed at the Wyndham Harbor Lights in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown. Its a good hotel with big rooms. The extra pull out bed can easily sleep 2 small children. The laundry is in the basement and keep in mind that each cycle takes 45 minutes and there are only 2 washers and 2 dryers and they will give you detergent at the front desk.
Its a wonderful location if you want to spend a lot of time in the Gaslamp Quarter. There are tons of restaurants and bars within walking distance. And it was simply hopping on a Friday night replete with Hare Rama Hare Krishna Yogis. There are many bicycle rickshaws zipping about and you can hire those anywhere. They play loud music and you can sing/scream along and sometimes the crowd joins in. I think they cost anywhere from $15 to $30 but don’t hold me to it.
Its a brisk 25 to 30 minute walk to Embarcadero, the Maritime Museum and the Midway Museum which are along the port area.
Its about a 20 minute drive from the San Diego Zoo ie The Balboa Park.
Its also about a 15 to 20 minute drive to the Sunset Cliffs.
Now the parking! OMG!!! There are many garages around the area and I believe they charge an average of $25 to $30 a day. But we were told that we could park on the streets after 6 pm until 10 am for free BUT, here’s the catch….the street sweeps work from 3 am to 6 am and they alternate which side of the street they work on on weekdays. The parking meter tells you which days are no parking days but keep in mind if it says no parking on Thursday, it means Wednesday night since Thursday technically begins after midnight Wednesday night (they sweep in the am). I know, it gets really confusing. So if you are going for this, read the sign properly and then read it again. We learned the hard way and had to pay fines. 😛
Well, that is all from San Diego!!! Thank you for listening in! Next stop, Palm springs!