Memories of San Diego

June 9, 2015
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When I was little I dreamed of living in Los Angeles. Once I graduated from university I started planning my California adventure, whims of fate I ended up in San Francisco instead of the City of Angels. That turn of events allowed me to explore places I hadn't been so curious about before. The City by the Bay stole my heart and I found L.A. an utter disappointment. So San Diego became my second favorite city in California. Why? I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Even though these images were taken in 2010, I believe the city hasn't changed too much. Here are my recommendations if you are visiting San Diego.

Take a stroll and have a meal at Seaport Village

Pictured above and in the next few photos, Seaport Village has amazing shops,eateries and outdoor entertainment. Any craving can be satisfied here. Dine at any of the bay-view dining restaurants. You can nibble, snack or chow down at smaller eateries. Surf and turf to burgers and pizza. Ice cream, cookies, popcorn. Whatever. Thirst's covered too - sodas, milkshakes, lemonade, beer, wine, cocktails... You name it! One last decision to make: a table inside or out on the deck with a view of the bay?
And to all that you need to add a lagoon, a carousel, a marina and much more.

seaport village san diego california

seaport village san diego california

seaport village san diego california

seaport village san diego california

seaport village san diego california

seaport village san diego california

Mimick the pose of the famous statue with your beau

Also known as the "kissing statue" or "the kiss", its real name is actually Unconditional Surrender. I've seen this statue in two different locations. First in San Diego and the in New York City. I believe that now it's back on its original location. Please, correct me if I'm wrong.
Right next to it is the impressive USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, a maritime museum.
unconditional surrender kissing statue the kiss san diego


Behold the colorful houses in Gaslamp Quarter

Nearby you will find the San Diego Convention Center where Comic-Con is celebrated.

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Explore Balboa Park

And don't leave any corner out! During my stay I visited it almost every day because I didn't want to miss anything out. It became my favorite spot in the city. One of the reasons was that its architecture reminded me of home so it helped me deal with homesickness. Named for the Spanish maritime explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa it contains open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. 

balboa park san diego california

balboa park san diego california

balboa park san diego california

balboa park san diego california

Have fun at the amazing San Diego Zoo

I've been to many zoos all around the world, so I was reluctant to visit it at first. Was it possible to see anything new? Actually there was. I enjoyed the experience tremendously. The place truly lives up to its fame. So if your are an animal lover like me, you must pay it a visit.

san diego zoo california

san diego zoo california

Go back in time to the Wild Wild West and feel its Spanish origins

For a truly historic experience, don't miss San Diego's Old Town, the site of the first Spanish settlement on the West Coast. There are plenty of attractions to explore including gift shops, museums, a theater and several carefully preserved or restored historic adobe and wooden buildings. 

old town san diego california

old town san diego california

old town san diego california


Hotel Del Coronado

Just across the bridge from downtown and San Diego's Big Bay, Coronado's stunning beaches offer gentle surf and sparkling sand. With a quaint small town charm and an array of outdoor activities, Coronado is the perfect destination for family vacations and romantic getaways. You can stay at the historic Hotel del Coronado and enjoy a day of shopping along the vibrant main street of Orange Avenue.

hotel del coronado san diego california

hotel del coronado san diego california

hotel del coronado san diego california

hotel del coronado san diego california

coronado beach san diego california

La Jolla

The coastal village of La Jolla, appropriately meaning "The Jewel" in Spanish, is one of the most popular and picturesque destinations in the world. With a dramatic coastline ideal for swimming, surfing, diving, kayaking, and snorkeling, La Jolla's beaches are just one of the features that make this village a highly desirable destination for visitors. La Jolla offers world-class shopping and dining experiences, from designer boutiques and art galleries, to critically acclaimed restaurants featuring celebrity chefs.

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22 comments

  1. Oh the place looks amazing.
    A great place to have some 'me' time
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  2. You are so right about San Diego! I love it there, too! You visited two of my favorite spots--Coronado and La Jolla since they are both on the coast! Next time you come to San Diego, don't miss the Cedros Design district in Solana Beach and the tiny town of Delmar with two fab restaurants right on the beach! (My parents live there and I visit as much as possible, from LA!) xo

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    1. Thanks for your recommendations, Lauren! I'll note them down for next time :)

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  3. This place look GORGEOUS. I've never been to Cali... and somehow I've never seen photos of San Diego. I never would have imagined it'd be this beautiful! Great photography. :)
    xx
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  5. i'd love to go one day
    great pics
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  6. Your photos (as always) are beautiful! My mom and I have been talking about taking a trip to San Diego for a long weekend sometime! So this post is probably going to come in quite handy! :)
    xx
    Kenzie
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  7. Great photos, I remember going to all of these places
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  8. Adorable photos! Looks like a great place to be

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  9. wow so many beautiful photos. seems to be a great city

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  12. Looks really nice! I have been there many times. Don't know if I will go back cause there are just tooooo many tourists!!

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  13. Me encantan esos lugares cuando tenga ocasión viajaré para conocerlos.
    Muchas gracias

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    1. ¡Gracias a tí por visitar el blog, Miguel!

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  14. During my California trip back in March (and due to time restrictions) I only did the road trip from LA to SF (also spent 3 days in LA and another 2 in SF)! I've heard that San Diego is very picturesque and now I get to see that through your photos!

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