Colourful San Diego

A Mexican hat and dress, a bowl full of pebbles, a jar full of crayons, worry dolls from Guatemala, the thing I love the most about San Diego is the colour. Twice we have been in the City in Motion and it never disappoints.

The last time we were in the city, we stayed in the Gaslamp Quarter; this time it was Old San Diego. The difference between the two parts of town is significant.

Gaslamp Quarter is newer, full of modern clothing stores, a variety of restaurants, and a vibrant night-life. It’s within walking distance of Seaport Village and the San Diego Bay where you can meander slowly along the water and discover lots of interesting things.

Old San Diego is colourful, full of history, and Mexicana. The evenings are slower but full of shows, Mexican restaurants, and ghost tours. Here you’ll find all manner of eclectic memorabilia from cigars to pottery to home-made soap and rootbeer.

It felt like we were in a completely different city.

As an odd but really funny aside, the rental car we got for San Diego was a black Ford Crown Victoria (read: looked like a police car) with the licence plate 6XXX666. For the first time ever in my California experiences, everyone driving around us was really well behaved.

And, so begins more San Diego adventures.

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