Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Day in the City.

Where are we today? 
The Chateau at Lake San Marcos

Our third day with Greg was spent in the city of San Diego. We started the day in the Old Town. Interesting old buildings and some history, but for the most part, commercial enterprises. We got there at opening time of 10 am, so we were to early to have lunch at El Fandango which has fantastic fish tacos. We did have some wonderful coffee, though. Great to see a whole rack with South African Rooibos Tea. 

Shelves with bottles of Rooibos tea

Chair made of horns

Print Shop

Our next stop was Seaport Village and the Embarcadero. We just wandered around and looked at the boats out on bay, rock balancing and the general scenery.

Cruise ship about to leave port.

Balanced rocks

Beautiful sail boat
 After spending a couple of hours down at the Embarcadero, we went into the Old Gaslamp Quarter section of San Diego and had lunch at an Indian Restaurant. I don't eat very spicy foods, but this was delicious.
Lunch at Monsoon, Indian restaurant in Gaslamp Quarter

Buffet Table

Different curries

Mango Mousse, very yummy

Old Buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego

Michael found a beer drinking buddy
To finish up the day we went up to Balboa Park to the Photographic Exhibition, which Greg really enjoyed.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Day at the Coast

Where are we today?
The Chateau at Lake San Marcos

Today's adventure was a trip down along the coast, but before we did that we went over to Kit Carson Park in Escondido to see the mosaic Queen Califia's Magic Circle. We had see this last year and felt that Greg would find it interesting, which he did.

Then over to La Jolla where we up Mount Soledad for a 360 view of the San Diego area. It was still a bit hazy, but the view from there is always absolutely incredible.

Next stop was the beach in La Jolla. Greg waded into the ocean and it was about 56F. Too cold to swim without a wet suit, but we did walk along the beach, and Greg did his signature handstands.

One legged bird

From La Jolla we went along the Pacific Coast Highway (101) to Encinitas. One of our favourite spots there are the meditation gardens because they have the best view of the ocean from high on top of the cliffs. The gardens are very pretty too.

Right across the road is Swami's Cafe. We had some wonderful fresh organic Turkey and Avocado Club sandwiches. Greg had a Mahi Mahi wrap. Just wonderful.

Further up the coast we passed through Leucadia, Solana Beach and on to Carlsbad. A quick call into the Outlets to get Greg a pair of smart casual pants and a shirt as we were having dinner with V at the Chateau and they have a no jean and T shirt dress code for dinner.

We dressed V up in her finest, did her hair and took her over to the dining room. She is really not well, but she did enjoy the visit from Greg.

Greg at dinner in his "borrowed" dinner jacket from the communal closet in the dining room.

A very successful day all round.