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Continuing Through San Diego Old Town


Toby's Candle & Soap Shop

Toby’s Candle & Soap Shop

If you start at the Old Town entrance near the Old Town Transit Center, head eastbound through the grounds, and exit out on Twiggs Street you’ll find the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Church of the Immaculate Conception

Church of the Immaculate Conception

Head back toward Old Town after you photograph the church and you’ll see the east side entrance welcoming you back.

Across the back entrance to San Diego Old Town

Across the back entrance to San Diego Old Town

In between you’ll find lots of interesting subjects for your camera.

Charming Shops, San Diego Old Town

Charming Shops, San Diego Old Town

Subjects range from traditional American architecture of the period to buildings of a decidedly Mexican flavor.

San Diego Old Town

San Diego Old Town

Make sure you spend some time exploring the central park and the buildings that surround it.

San Diego Old Town Park

San Diego Old Town Park

You’ll also find here some very beautiful flora.

San Diego Old Town Park

San Diego Old Town Park

There’s even a supposedly haunted house.  That would be the Robinson Rose House, which now serves as the Old Town Visitor Information Center.

The supposedly "haunted" Robinson Rose House — now a Visitor Information Center

The supposedly “haunted” Robinson Rose House — now a Visitor Information Center

Near the park also stands the Colorado House, built in 1851 and having served as a hotel and saloon with a gambling joint.  Today it houses the Wells, Fargo & Co. History Museum.

Colorado House — Wells, Fargo & Co. Museum

Colorado House — Wells, Fargo & Co. Museum

On Wednesday we’re going to enjoy the colorful Día de Muertos decorations.  If you look closely at the following photograph you’ll get just a small taste of what to expect — the skeletal corpse in the red dress manning the hostes stand of the restaurant.

San Diego Old Town

San Diego Old Town

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Fun Photo Friday — Some San Diego Old Town Favorites


Tiled Staircase

Tiled Staircase

Today I present to you some of my favorite shots of San Diego Old Town as well as our ship this voyage, the Grand Princess.  Click on any image below to bring up today’s photo gallery.

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

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San Diego Old Town — Stepping into the Mid-18th Century


House of Jerky and Root Beer, Silver Lilly Jewelry and Silversmithing

House of Jerky and Root Beer, Silver Lilly Jewelry and Silversmithing

Strolling through San Diego Old Town is a bit like stepping back into the mid-19th Century, and with good reason.  This was the heart of San Diego until around 1870.

Cosmopolitan Hotel, San Diego Old Town

Cosmopolitan Hotel, San Diego Old Town

San Diego Old town boasts over thirty restaurants, many with a Mexican flair.  There are also over a hundred rather unique shops and some very impressive hotels.  But it’s Old Town’s twenty-seven historic buildings and sites that are the main draw for photographers.

San Diego Old Town

San Diego Old Town

Click on any image below to bring up today’s photo gallery, including captions identifying many of the building we saw that day.

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

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