I’ve been doing some traveling these days. In two weeks, I’ll be in Chicago and I’m thrilled to see the magnificent city. Last weekend, I went to San Diego with my friends and it was a lot of fun.
Depart from LA @ 8am – we got there at 9:45am – suggested route: 405, 5 then the scenic route passing Mission Bay and the coves along it.
Eat: I was craving massive burritos with sloppy fries in them, but instead, we ate at a local Mexican chain called Cotija’s, as recommended by my San Diego friends. Though small, the food was great! We had carne asada fries and burritos, so large that we had to save them for a 2nd lunch.
Balboa Park: This park is HUGE. Not knowing where to start, I chose to park at the center on my google map – The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.
There’s an amazing architecture to be seen everywhere, from casas (houses) to pretty gardens
- The Zoo!
- A botanical garden/building
- The Globe theater
- Street vendors and performers, from magicians to Jamaican musicians
- Tons of museums – we went to the Museum of Man, which was featuring a limited exhibit on Torture Devices. “The cruelty of man is as wondrous as Peru” (Sweeney Todd)
Gaslamp Quarters – This place was our next stop and we went in the hot afternoon heat. This was essentially downtown and their convention center where they have Comic Con, but still the architecture was really nice. We went to the Westfield mall, which was architecturally cool.
Seaport Village / Embarcadero Park – little shops and a nice sight of the marina with kites in the air. This was a big letdown though, since it couldn’t compare to Long Beach or San Pedro!
Over all it was a fun experience. Southern California has a lot to offer and is a nice place to write about. I hope to place San Diego somewhere in my story series someday.