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California Tourist Part 1: San Diego

I've been back from holiday 3 days and it's already a distant memory. Twelve loads of washing and a full days ironing have left a somewhat bitter taste. I'll feel better tomorrow! Anyway, here's a little bit about what we got up to this year.

As usual we split our summer holiday into two parts, the first week and a half, we toured California and then flew over to the Caribbean for rest and recuperation in the sun.

Due to Mum passing away, we had to push the holiday back by a couple of weeks and were unable to replicate the original itinerary in it's entirety. We tend to use Travelbag, Stephen Hodson is your man. Plans the whole thing for us he does. 

San Clemente (an unscheduled stop)

We flew in to Los Angeles, bit the bullet and drove to SD the same day to get the journey out of the way. **Tip** stop off for food at San Clemente, a laid back surfer's paradise and lovely Spanish Colonial style architecture. 

We ate greasy burgers and watched crazy rubber cladded guys surf the waves as the sun set over the Pacific. Just what the doctor ordered after a long flight.

San Diego

We stayed for 3 nights in the Marriott Marquis Marina and to be honest, were surprised that there was room at the inn. In fact, we were surprised there was room anywhere in San Diego. It being the annual International Comic-Con week. Oh yeah. 160,000 comic book fanatics descend on the city to talk about all things comic book related. Grown adults wearing funny collectable swag bags on their backs (at best) or dressed up as their favourite character (at worse). Oh how we laughed. Fish out of water we were. 

So, we decided to head out to Torrey Pines, a nature reserve and a bloomin great hike up a mountain. Ok ok, it was a hill. Well more of a hillock. But it was 26 degrees so it was hard work. But boy was it worth it. I could tell you about a little old lady, Ellen Browning Scripps who donated most of the land to San Diego with stipulations that it should never be developed but that's a very long story. Good job she did though because I wouldn't have seen this. 

That's the son up there checking out the highest point. I didn't breathe until he came back down. 

**Tip** we bought a cooler box and each day popped in a bag of ice and filled it with drinks and snacks. Makes for happy families when energy levels drop and grouchy monsters surface (normally mine).  And excellent for impromptu picnics wherever we wanted. Perfect!

A quick trip to La Jolla beach for ice creams and a spot of kayaking to search for sea lions. We found a few (smelly things they are). 

Our second day was truly amazing spent jet skiing around the bay on a guided tour with San Diego Bay Adventures. We hired 2 skis which I think from memory were about £350 dollars each. Owner, 'Captain' Bruce delighted us with tales about the naval history of San Diego as we covered about 20 miles over 2 1/2 hours. Yesterday I wanted to be a mountaineer, today I want to be a Navy Seal. The tour also includes shower facilities afterwards so we didn't have to return to the hotel and a lovely lunch prepared by Bruce's wife, Gayle. It was pretty amazing actually.

Big ship, little jet ski. A respectful distance was kept at all times!!! They have guns and everything on there! I had a hair bobble and a pair of flip flops. 

Bitten by the naval bug, we couldn't resist visiting USS Midway in the afternoon. A huge decommissioned aircraft carrier that's been converted to a museum. A definite must if you love modern history like me!

Oh and I did manage a spot of shopping in San Diego bagging the Steve Madden sandals that I shared on Instagram,  a pair of J Crew denim cut offs as I hadn't packed any. and an extra tee-shirt. 

Sweetyy Sandals - Steve Madden

Food wise, I'm sure we ate but for the life of me can't remember anything outstanding (although Gayle's sandwiches after the jet ski tour were pretty special). We were so busy during the day that come evening, it was a case of falling into the nearest restaurant.

Next time, we start our journey north through California.

Catch up soon.

2 comments on "California Tourist Part 1: San Diego"
  1. Oh it sounds amazing - what fantastic memories. Can't wait to read the next instalment! x