No, wait. That’s not right is it? Call myself a teacher and I can’t even spell!
I haven’t gone completely loopy though (yet), as awesome is the one word I will take away from my trip to this week’s destination – SAN DIEGO!
Although I’d happily describe the place with this adjective, it stuck with me, since my visit several years ago, because it was the word everyone used about everything. They all seemed so happy!
I was primarily in SD to attend ComicCon, where I met this guy…
And proceeded to over-exuberantly tell him how much he scared me as a child, how I’d hide for hours behind the sofa in case he was lurking about, how utterly terrifying he was green but how I always cried at the end… Yeah, I think he’d glazed over by the second word of groupie garbage. (It’s Lou Ferrigno who played the Hulk, if you’re wondering!)
Amongst other MARVEL-ous things, I also got attacked by (sadly not the real Heath) Joker and was almost thrown out (hence the blurry image) for trying to snap a picture of that cheerleader who needed saving. Until she didn’t because she took up country music instead…
But whilst the convention was all kinds of amazing for a geeky girl, I was surprised just how much I loved San Diego itself. On with the ‘real’ photos…
Staying on Shelter Island at Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn, the place was so chilled out and most of all, friendly. The area itself, formally a sandbank that was developed in the 1950s, is possibly best known for the super-yachts and sailing clubs that are resident there.
Humphrey’s also houses an outdoor concert venue – Ringo Starr and the Four Seasons were playing at it when I visited (not together!)
Along the strip of land that makes up the ‘island’ (it’s actually attached to the mainland), there are several monuments and sculptures: A large tribute to tuna fishermen and the two and a half ton Friendship Bell, presented to San Diego by the citizens of Yokohama, Japan as part of formal relations between both nations.
So S could have easily been for ‘sculptures’ as I quickly discovered that they seemed to be well received in SD!
San Diego Bay is home to the largest US Navy base so it seems fitting that this piece, depicting a sailor celebrating VJ day with a smooch, has gained a permanent home at the Port.
Initially a temporary exhibit (my image is of this, the original), known as ‘Unconditional Surrender’, it was based on the Times Square Kiss, a famous photograph taken in New York during WW2. It became so popular that a on Valentine’s Day 2013, the installation was immortalised forever, thanks to the help of the community.
And that’s the sense I got of the place: community. By far, one of my favourite areas was Balboa Park. Home to San Diego Zoo, where this chap looked a bit ‘LOST’…
…the 1200-acre urban cultural park is also full of museums, theatres and beautiful architecture – a remnant from World Fairs in the 1900s.
It was a delightful place to spend a few hours. People pottered about in the early evening sunshine, bands struck up impromptu performances on the open-air stage and old ladies danced like they were still in their twenties. It was…awesome!
So my final thoughts on San Diego? Sunny, smiley and certainly somewhere to return. 🙂
Image Credits: All my own, so please be sweet and ask before sharing! 🙂