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Carnets de voyagePosted by Affwé Thu, July 31, 2014 10:36:44

San Diego... in love with a city

First time in San Diego, and what can I say, I fell in love (with the city)! Leading high-tech hub, cool night-life scene, breathtaking views, perfect for running addicts, and friendly, laid back people who greet you on the street. Very much a Seattle vibe (yes, I am a Seattle fan) with the perfect weather as an additional perk. - And the short ride from the airport to downtown San Diego definitely played in favor after a painfully long journey via storm ridden Chicago airport. Bottom line: there’s definitely going to be a ‘next time’... actually trying to talk my 12y old to go to UCSD... so mom can visit!


If you like “fusion cuisine”, you want to head to Roy’s San Diego Waterfront restaurant. Incredibly flavored and delicate dishes, truly “chef inspired bites” as advertized on their website. I tried out their strawberry salad, followed by an opulent plate of sashimi – thanks for picking this place, Haim!

Mezé Greek Fusion in the Gaslamp district is a good option if you fancy oriental type dishes, and good wines. You can either dine in the restaurant’s urban chic premisses or order to go – if you’re entertaining at home and don’t have time to cook, a sampler plate by Mezé will make you stand out as a host.

Given the city’s proximity to Mexico there are tons of options for mexican food. I’ve tried out El Patio in Old Town San Diego. Old Town is obviously a little more of a “tourist” destination (albeit fun if you’re visiting with kids). Yet it harbors some genuine places. El Patio is a family-run business, where service isn’t always up to speed but the food was fresh and excellent... and they have some humongously sized Margaritas – no driving after one of those!

... Sports & Fashion...

I had penciled in the San Diego trip to renew my ageing running gear... and since I’m running a lot it ages quickly, or so I like to think (hey you need some kind of rationale to justify shopping sprees’ smiley). As you can witness from the picture this season’s accent for running apparel is all about mixing and matching colors & patterns. I went for a flashy pair of Brooks Glycerin 11 and a multicoloured shorts / t-shirt combo by Asics, on sales of course – an outfit which turns each training unit into your personal feel good color run!

In San Diego I also discovered a neat and truly comfortable walking shoe, namely the “memory foam” model by Sketchers – good advice Catherine! Memory foams come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Once you try them out you’ll be hooked. I haven’t seen them in Luxembourg yet but I’m quite sure you’ll find them on Amazon if anything else fails.

And since you can’t just keep running or walking in life here comes a recommendation for those who are after decently prized second hand designer cloths, namely Laurie Ann’s Designer Resale – you might find exactly that one special piece you’ve been looking for!

...Visiting with kids...

San Diego is a kid-friendly city: easy to walk and with a fairly extensive public transportation system. For instance Coronado Beach, the perfect family day-at-the-beach outing, can be reached from downtown San Diego in 15 min by ferry boat or water taxi.

Since we (Sham, Carl, baby Jan and I) didn’t have much time for leisure (Sham & I were working; Carl & Jan were watching the world cup games) we maximized the time available by walking to Balboa Park – a long uphill walk from downtown San Diego. Don’t think of Balboa Park as merely “one” park. But rather a resort that includes a wide range of things to do and to see – from playground & activity centers for kids to museums, historic buildings, vegetation zones, theaters, and of course the well-known San Diego Zoo. check Balboa Park here

... where to stay?

Obviously San Diego features all the usual hotel chains. Rates can be quite pricey though, especially during major conventions. Since we were traveling with a child we decided it would be more convenient instead to rent a flat downtown. We picked a loft-type flat in the Gaslamp district (the place to be at night), right on top of a bar. Well it turned out to be the perfect location: great flat, great neighbours, great host... what else can I say? Great tenants, I guess ;-) - Check out the flat and Shamala’s review on the link below.

check Airbnb here.

Enjoying Malibu’s shoreline as I’m finishing up this post... just a small hint for the next edition!

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