So, here we are in San Diego. We flew here from Cincinnati, and we’re staying at the WorldMart. This is a group of condos that rent out as timeshares. It appears as an older hotel, but has been renovated to be a fine apartment-like rental, very neat and clean, with a nice lobby, and placed well for both bus and trolley connections. We have decided not to rent a car, but rather to use the excellent San Diego Metro.
Our first call is to my cousins, one of which lives in San Diego and the other who lives farther away. They decide that we should meet the next day in Capistrano. And we do that. We have a great meal, with lots of talk, and we all enjoy it very much. My in-town cousin has driven us up to Capistrano, but doesn’t want to tour the city. We want to tour the Capistrano Abbey, and so we agree to get back to San Diego on our own.
The Abbey Tour is done by following a map of the abbey, while walking through and listening to a recorded tour guide describe each point on the map. Very interesting. After our tour, we buy a ticket and get on the local Amtrak to San Diego. Great ride, inexpensive and right down the beautiful coast.
We spend most of the next day learning about the trolley and the bus system of the San Diego Metro. We have a number of places we want to visit, and find that we can get all over town with the metro. We even get so good that when we are tired after the trolley ride, we can take a three block trip to the timeshare on a bus, just so we don’t have to walk it.
We learn quite a bit about the metro, and find an interesting park on the bay, near a Hyatt Hotel. The park is fun, but from the 40th floor hotel bar we can see the sunset and afterglow. What a wonderful view, and the trolley goes from there almost back to the timeshare. A very nice combination.
My cousin and his wife meet us in La Jolla. It is about an hour drive from their home and about a 45 minute bus ride for us. We have lunch at George’s on the bay. (Linda and Larry are originally from Dayton, which is almost Cincinnati, and here in California they know all the best places to go and where to dine.) Our table is almost suspended over the bay; there we watch the seal, pelicans, and sea gulls. If you are looking for the greatest food with the best view, I think George’s is the place. The park at the edge of the shore is breathtaking and is an excellent way to walk off all those calories you picked up atGeorge’s!
Shopping is La Jolla is definitely up scale. Bring your AMEX card AND your checkbook! A paradise for jewelry shopping!