Where To Go - Balboa Park
We visited the Japanese garden, an oasis of tranquillity. Due to a water shortage in California the gardens were not as lush and green as I expected but still beautiful. We marvelled at the Bonsais and the colourful Koi carp and walked around soaking up the atmosphere.
What To Experience - The Seal Tour
A Sea Lion at Shelter Island
We took a trip on a Seal Tour of San Diego. We had already experienced a Duck Tour in Miami so knew what to expect.
This land to water vehicle took us on a tour of San Diego and then, when we visited Shelter Island it turned into a boat and we sailed on the bay.
A Dolphin At Shelter Island, San Diego
The trip on the water was a fabulous experience as we got to see sea lions basking in the sun and playing in the water, U.S. Navy hornet fighter planes launch from the U.S. Naval base and two dolphins swimming together close to shore. This was a definite highlight of our trip.
Where To People Watch - Seaport
The Statue "Unconditional Surrender" - Seaport
Exploring this area more we came across the USS Midway Museum. We didn't venture in but admired one of America's longest serving aircraft carrier from the shore. It is certainly an interesting vessel, we could see the small planes on the hull.
The Bob Hope Memorial, USS Midway In The Background
The Bob Hope Memorial was interesting to see as I didn't even know it existed. The statue shows the actor entertaining the troops, with Bob Hope telling jokes as the soldiers are cheering him on. There is an audio part so you can hear him, which really adds to the experience.
There is also a lovely statue of lovers called "Unconditional Surrender". A World War II sailor kisses a nurse before venturing off to war. A very poignant and beautiful thing to see.
Where To Stay - The Marriott Courtyard, Gaslamp Quarter
The Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
This historic building was a former bank and the public areas are outstanding in its architecture. In the basement of the hotel is an old vault which you can see if you staying there. I felt like a spy from James Bond sitting in the vault!
The Old Vault At The Marriott Courtyard, Gaslamp
Where To Eat - The Gaslamp Quarter Or Seaport
We ate at Seasons 52 one night at Seaport. We have been to a branch in Orlando before so knew what to expect. This upmarket chain focuses on healthy but still tasty eating and the shot glass desserts are amazing. I ate salmon for main and key lime pie for dessert.
On the second night we ate at Jsix. I couldn't fault the food here and I had homemade hummus and pitta with a burger for main which was well cooked and delicious.
So this is a taster of what we did in San Diego in 48 hours. If we had more time we would have visited Coronado and La Jolla. I would definitely recommend visiting San Diego and I leave you with this quote from the film Anchorman , "You stay classy San Diego!"
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Tell me have you ever been to San Diego?