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Greetings from sunny San Diego, California!

In addition to having one of the best climates in the world, San Diego is a very special place for us.  This is where we honeymooned thirty years ago. Although we weren’t exactly retracing our steps this trip, after all who really needs gorilla poo flung at them more than once? We were going to do things a bit different this time.

We started off our day by waking at 3:00am to catch our flight out of Portland at 6:00am. Papa had a nice surprise waiting for Mumzies at Avis, he had rented a Ford Mustang for the trip. That also might not seem like such a big deal, but it was a classic 1965 Mustang that Papa was driving when he and Mumzies met all those years ago. Funny thing is Mumzies was far more nostalgic about the Mustang than Papa was! Maybe a new Mustang is in our future?

In Flight
Mustang Mumzies
Mustang Papa

After picking up the car, we drove straight over to the Seaport Village. It is one of our favorite stops in San Diego, and we were more than ready to eat lunch… Mumzies was starting to get a bit hangry. We just grabbed a quick sandwich at the deli to appease our hunger, then enjoyed a nice stroll through the village shops.

Seaport Village

Of course by now you well know that Mumzies must also have something sweet after her meal, and she found it in the form of a cookie dough caramel and fudge waffle cone at Ghiradelli’s in the Gaslamp District. The Gaslamp district is the revitalized downtown area, called the urban playground of San Diego. The rest of the day was spent checking into the hotel (not noteworthy), and grabbing a quick dinner at the Cheesecake Factory… you did know Mumzies has a huge sweet tooth, right?!

Gaslamp District Arch
Gaslamp Sign
Gaslamp Buildings
Mumzies Ghiradelli Sundae

The next morning we started the day by having breakfast at our favorite coffee shop, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. As it turned out, we actually ended up spending every morning of our trip at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Yes, it is that good!

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Next stop was Coronado Island, where we always like to visit the Hotel del Coronado. It is such a beautiful Victorian property that is as well kept as the day it opened in 1888. The hotel property is manicured daily, as is the large white sand beach that looks like sugar.

Hotel del Coronado
Hotel del
del Beach
del Rear
del Map

We decided to try something new this trip. For all the times we have been in San Diego, we have never visited Old Town San Diego. Old Town claims to be the birthplace of California and the heart of San Diego. It was well worth the visit, the museums and shops were very nice and the authentic Mexican restaurant was absolutely fantastic. Muy delicioso!

Old Town
Old Town Park
Old Town Museum
Old Town Market
Old Town Mexican Food

We ended our visit to San Diego by going out to see the sea lions at the La Jolla Cove. Just a few miles north of San Diego, the small community of La Jolla is home to some of the most beautiful coastline in the US. The cove is a place where both kids and sea lions swim and play in the water, sometimes together. The sea lions seem to be very curios of the kids and would approach within a few feet of them before breaking off and keeping a safe distance.

La Jolla Cove
Mumzies in La Jolla
La Jolla Beach
Papa in La Jolla
La Jolla Sea Lions

Since we were planning to get up early the next morning to drive up to Los Angeles for the day, we decided to grab a quick dinner at El Pollo Loco and get some rest for the night.

Even after 30 years, we are still having a great time visiting San Diego.

Watch the video below to see more of our day in San Diego. Check it out!

Best wishes,

Mumzies & Papa