Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday - San Diego

Sunday was our first day in San Diego and we took in some sights and covered a lot of ground.

First, we walked over the beautiful walking bridge to the Gaslamp Quarter for a nice outdoor breakfast at the Broken Yolk Cafe.  Apparently people are allowed to bring their dogs to outdoor cafes here.  Karen got a nice Monte Cristo sandwich and I had huevos con chorizo.

We stayed at the Hilton Bayfront and were very pleased with the accommodations and the service.  The hotel had some great artwork and lots of food options.

After breakfast we took the Historic Trolley for a narrated tour of the city.  The tour was informative and fun.  It covered Old Town, the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Coronado, Balboa Park, and several other areas of interest.

After the tour we walked about 3/4 of a mile to Seaport Village, had a bite and did some shopping before walking back to the hotel.

Great walking bridge to Petco Park (where the Padres play)
and the Gaslamp Quarter.

The side of Petco Park.

Karen and I waiting for breakfast.

Dogs are welcome to the outdoor seating area.

Some of the artwork in the hotel lobby.

The California Spirit
that we would be dining on Monday evening.

More ships docked.

Coronado on the other side of the bay,
further past the marina.

The ferry landing on Coronado.
(Zoomed way in.)

Where I was actually standing.
(Without the zoom.)

One of the buildings in Petco Park.
Loved the hanging plants.

Plane coming in (look between the buildings).

The San Diego Convention Center.
I love how the diagonal lines are interrupted.

A well-deserved rest after a long walk.

The bay from the window of the Historic Trolley Tour.

The navy shipyard.

The largest outdoor pipe organ at the
Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

Old Town San Diego.

The Costa Rica Dole ship behind our hotel.

San Diego Bay is actually 12 miles long.

This is Dexter, whom we met
in another outdoor cafe in Seaport Village.
Beautiful eyes.

The Seal Tour bus travels through San Diego
then drives right into the bay to observe the sea lions.
Maybe next time...

The Cinderella Carriage.

Interesting head gear.

It's actually drinking straws...

This guy balanced all these rocks.
I have enough trouble just balancing myself.



penni said...

Great pictures!

You can usually bring your dogs to outdoor patios here too. We occasionally bring ours but I find I spend all my time watching the dogs I don't get to enjoy my meal!

jbf said...


Yeah, it seems it would be like trying to dine while minding toddlers.