San Diego

C A L I F O R N I A : Part III

The last post of our San Diego journey is dedicated to….(drumroll)…the beaches!  We scoped out La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and Windansea.  San Diego has beautiful beaches, there's no denying.  The water is clear up close and a beautiful turquoise farther away.  It's also super chilly, so we didn't go too far in.  But nonetheless, it was gorgeous and nice to lay in the warm sand. 

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^^ Gorgeous view of La Jolla from the top of Mount Soledad.  

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^^The palm trees on the west coast are much, much taller than the palm trees I'm used to in the gulf.   

^^We had the most amazing brunch at The Cottage in La Jolla.   It was wayyy too much food for two people, but man that stuffed french toast is out of this world. :)

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^^La Jolla is a gem…the water, the sand, the view, the plants…everything is lovely.  We walked around till our feet hurt looking at galleries, grabbing bites to eat, and doing some light shopping.  I say light because I seriously cannot afford anything in La Jolla.  For real, though... 

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^^ Pacific Beach was probably my favorite beach in SD.  That water!  I felt more comfortable here…it has a homey feel.  PB is very chill and it was easy for us to feel comfortable here.

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^^ On our last day in SD we spent a little bit of time at Windansea Beach in La Jolla.  We weren't there long, but it was very peaceful in the morning and there weren't too many people out.  I'd love to go back someday. 

C A L I F O R N I A : Part II

During our recent trip to San Diego we decided to check out the farmers market in Little Italy.  This was probably one of my favorite moments on our vacation; I just love this area of downtown with all the little art galleries and Italian eateries…it's a place I could easily call home.   

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^^Loving all the fresh veggies and their pretty colors. 

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^^So there's this amazing thing called "BItchin' Sauce".  It's incredibly good.  If you're here you most definitely have to try it.  

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^^The sweetest little car parked on the side of the street.  I kind of want to go road tripping in it.   

^^We walked further downtown to check out the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.  I really really liked this place.  There's some seriously wonderful works here.

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^^I finally got to see Blick Arts in person.  I get most of my art supplies from them online and have been doing so for years, so to go inside their store had me geeking just a little.  

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^^Being in Little Italy meant I had to have pizza.  Had to.  Isola Pizza was pretty perfect... vine covered exterior, gorgeous modern interior, and amazing pizza.  That crust.  So good.  We also went to Pappalecco afterwards for some yummy gelato.  Little Italy now has a special place in my heart; I would love to live in a neighborhood like this someday. 

C A L I F O R N I A : Part 1

We spent about 2 weeks in San Diego in August and it was BEAUTIFUL.  Growing up, my family would always road trip to SD in the summers so this city has a special place in my heart.   This time around it was just me and the hubs, and it was also his first trip to the west coast. 

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^^ I love Balboa Park.  Walking around El Prado reminded me so much of Barcelona…the architecture, fountains, plants, gardens tucked away…just beautiful.  

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^^ I can't go to San Diego and not go to the San Diego Zoo…it's impossible.  And how cute is that sleeping koala?!  We also rode the sky tram which is a little freaky on a windy day. 

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^^ After the zoo we headed down to the Gaslamp District for shopping and eating.  The gelato at the Chocolat Cremerie…so good!  And the architecture around this downtown area is gorgeous.  

California Part 2 coming soon!