Sunday, December 9, 2007

A day in San Diego, California

We wanted to stay near Old Town and, based upon price and location, we picked the La Quinta Inn. We would be in San Diego a few days before a cruise and, since we didn’t want to rent a car, being near public transportation was important. The La Quinta is within walking distance of the Old Town Trolley Transit Center.

On our first full day in San Diego we visited Balboa Park. We had learned that across from the Park is a rose and cactus garden which doesn’t get many visitors. The rose garden was right by our bus stop and some of the flowers were absolutely beautiful. We strolled around there and the adjacent cactus garden. These are lovely gardens worth visiting.

Our first stop in Balboa Park was the Natural History museum. They had a special display on chocolate which I found particularly interesting. And, of course, I had to stop in the special chocolate shop where there was something I’ve never seen before: single source cocoa bean chocolate bars, each from a different country. Of course we bought some and, yes, they did each taste different.

We ate lunch at an outdoor café and then strolled around Spanish Village, a crafts area filled with beautiful items. Whether you are in the market to buy or not, this is a worthwhile place to spend some time.

Next on the list was the Science Center, where our membership at our local science museum gave us free admittance. The museum is mostly hands-on and we had fun with some of the displays. If you have children, this is a great place to take them.

Balboa Park is huge and also has a Green House. If you are interested in plants, don't miss it. Our final stop was the Aerospace Museum. I was impressed by their having one of the original Apollo capsules. Also impressive is the number of original items they have on display versus replicas.

Finally, using public transportation, we made our way back to our hotel. A great day in San Diego.

San Diego links:
Metropolitan Transit System - for information on public transportation and help with routes
Balboa Park

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