Probably not interesting but helpful, this sign called my attention because in many areas at San Diego you are going to find these little surprises( rattle snacks), but here in particular they are nice enough to have a sign for it.
I did not spend enough time here but I will come back here. This is a alesser known neighborhood of the city. It reminds me somewhat of Silverlake or Echo Park within Los Angeles. There are eccletic shops, mom and pop eateries and a colorful mix of personalities here. The area as a whole is a little unkept but attractive still- kinda like some of these hairstyles out here.
This is one of the world's most famous observatories. Since 1948, its giant 200-inch reflecting telescope has provided some of the best views of the heavens--except, of course, for the Hubble. This remote area, some distance from city lights, still affords fine opportunities for star-gazing. It's open to the public from 9:00-4:00. The address is:
35899 Canfield Road
From San Diego, take I-15 north. Exit at state highway 76 eastbound. Twenty five miles from the interchange, County Road S-6 exits to the left and climbs to the Palomar summit and ends at the Observatory gates.
While visiting my niece, we had to pass this huge structure from the freeway. I am amazed at its sheer size even from the freeway...WOW! I kept wanting to stop so I could take a closer look at it. Everyone of course kept rolling their eyes every time I wanted to stop. Fortunately, my future Nephew in Law Michael zipped me over to the Temple...Wow, I am going to say it again....WOW It is simply stunning in architecture. To get to this site, exit from Interstate I-5 onto Noble Street and go east till you hit Lebon Drive make a right and another right onto Charmant Drive. This Temple stands out from the freeway; the building is massive and beautiful. It is gated and only open to those who are member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They certainly know how to build them. It is something to see a little more up-close, because it almost doesn't look real!
7474 Charmant Dr
San Diego, CA 92122-5000
Many people on holiday seem to overlook churches. This is the oldest church in California, and it is in San Diego. Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala to give it it's full name is simply wonderful to see. GO inside and you will see the beautiful decoration around the walls.
10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108-2429.
Bankers Hill has some fun, albeit brief, adventures. Another detour we took was to find the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge. It was a bit of a challenge because the strees surrounding it are full of twists and turns. (We did discover some excellent examples of Arts and Crafts homes on the way, however.) The bridge is located between 3rd and 4th Avenues (I _think_) and it connects two interesting neighborhoods. So, if you love architecture and like to take long, winding walks, I highly recommend making this part of your morning or late afternoon adventure.
We were able to walk to Balboa Park from our Bed and Breakfast. We took this excellent walking bridge that spans a gorge to reach the next avenue. It it the continuation of Quince Street. Cars have to stop, but pedestrians can go.
We had a couple of hours to kill, so we decided to take a drive and visit the Mission Basilica - San Diego de Alcala. I'd seen the Mission in Orange County, so I was a little disappointed with this one. It has quite a history, the site does, anyway. And the missions are such a major part of California history that it seems a shame not to visit one.
There is a pamphlet that explains the history, there is a small museum, and a working chapel. There is also a recreation of what the brothers' beds were like.
I wouldn't go far out of my way to visit, but it's not far from San Diego, and it could be a quick side stop if you are traveling through.
Famed golf course architect Rees Jones designed the course using all the area's natural beauty and topography to its best advantage. The famed San Diego Charger, Rolf Benirschke has enjoyed the whole experience and high level of service at Santaluz. The grounds are meticulously kept. My photo cannot do it justice. The weather is a golfer's delight. Not terribly affordable...but if you are offered the opportunity to visit...or play...don't miss it.
Santaluz is a gated community just up from Del Mar. It's where my son is working now and he gave us the grand tour. Many luxurious homes are scattered over the hillsides and there are beautiful facilities such as tennis, golf, club house, restaurants, spa...all done with great care and good taste. Every building has a tiled roof and there is a lot of nice stonework everywhere. Here is a shot of the mens grille....no women allowed. I was able to step in long enough for a photo, but this is definately a male domain. Just off the golf course....a cool drink and quick lunch.
My son found a sweet apartment in this building across from Balboa Park. Nice neighborhood (Starbuck's nearbye) and it has a fantastic rooftop garden. It is challenging to find affordable housing in San Diego nowadays. The average price for a single family dwelling is now at $450,000. Of course condos and apartments are in the upper ranges as well.
Finding interesting architecture in addition to location and price range is a real tricky procedure. I think my son did very well. If you are planning a move to San Diego...better start looking early.
Reverend Matthew Spahr is the chaplain at a magnificent old church situated on the University of San Diego. It offers a great example of colonial Spanish architectural design.
Use mapping software to figure out how to get to the university campus because it's a little complicated.
When you vist San Diego, check out Adams Ave. It is a main road that links the communities of University Heights, Normal Heights and Kensington. This street is very multi cultural and has funky little shops where you can buy everything from 19th century antiques to black magic potions. There are a few good bars and some wonderful restaurants like Adams Ave. Grill and Yotibahaga's Vegetarian Food. Don't miss some of the best Carne Asado Burritos at Sabrocitos. Spend the day walking around and checking out the multi-cultrual area where many immigrants live.
I would highly recommend attending the Adams Avenue Sreet Fair. It's usually happens the last weekend in September. Its a large street festival that includes a ton of booths (food, crafts, antiques, stuff, etc) and, best of all, lots of great (free) music. The music is quite ecletic; everything from jazz to cajun. I was introduced to a ton of awesome bands with the best being Theo & the Zydeco Patrol. They're a great cajun band that just rocks. For more information about Theo, go to their website www.zydecopatrol.com. For more information (like times and location) about the Adams Ave. St. Fair to to their website at www.gothere.com/adamsave.
Let me admit right up front I did not go to Belmont Park. I happened to be at a stop light and looked up and the park was across the street. I got out and took a picture of this great looking old wooden roller coaster then got back in my car before the light changed green. Belmont Park is an old fashioned amusement park at the end of Mission Bay Drive.
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