San Diego is a city in California. There is a population of about 1,400,000. It’s the 8th largest city in the United States and 2nd largest in California. San Diego has been called “the birthplace of California”. It is known for it’s mild year round climate, natural deep water harbour, extensive beaches, long association with the United States Navy.
When the Disney Wonder came to San Diego, I did a few things but most of the time, it was my time to get free WiFi, shopping or snacks.
A 14 acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex recreating a harbour side setting of a century ago which opened in 1980. Includes 54 one of a kind shops, 13 casual dining eateries, 4 fine dining waterfront restaurants.
Star of India Ship
Star of India was built in 1863 at Ramsey in the Isle of Man as Euterpe, a full rigged iron windjammer ship. After a full career sailing from Great Britain to India and New Zealand, she became a salmon hauler on the Alaska to California route. Star of India, retired in 1926 however she was not restored until 1962-63 and is now a seaworthy museum ship. It is the oldest ship still sailing regularly and also the oldest iron hulled merchant ship still floating.
“Embracing Peace” by Seward Johnson.
This sculpture depicts one of the most famous and iconic moments in the history of the United States, reflecting the joy of the American people upon learning World War 2 had ended. It is inspired by the spontaneous celebration in New York City’s Times Square in August 1945. The USS Midway Museum thanks these community leaders whose generosity paved the way to “Save The Kiss” for San Diego’s waterfront.
Bob Hope and the Military
Bob Hope (actor, entertainer and comedian), for over 50 years beginning in 1943, Bob dedicated himself to entertaining soldiers, sailors and airmen of the armed forces in the many battle fronts and remote outposts where they’ve served throughout the world. His overseas tours often took place over Christmas, were deeply appreciated and fondly remembered by countless of thousands of servicemen on protracted tours of duty, often under combat conditions far from their homes and families.
Balboa Park is a 1,200 acre space with 17 museums and cultural institutions. It was originally called “City Park” but was renamed after Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa, in honour of the 1915 Panama California Exposition. The park is managed and maintained by the city of San Diego parks and recreation department and supported by dozens of other non profit organisations.
When I went, I visited Botanical Building and Lily Pond, Desert Garden, Rose Garden, California Tower, El Cid Statue, Spanish Village Art Center, Museum of Photographic Arts, Sprenkels Organ Pavilion and The Old Globe
Other things to do in San Diego;
- San Diego Zoo – I’ve done this before.
- Seaworld San Diego
- Gaslamp Quarter – I’ve done this before.
- Old Town San Diego – I’ve done this before.
- Little Italy – I’ve done this before.
- USS Midway Museum; The USS Midway was the US Navy’s longest serving carrier of the 20th Century (1945-1992) and the largest ship in the world for a decade, housing 4,500 crew.