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Día de Muertos in San Diego’s Old Town


Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday that takes place every year.  It begins on October 31 and runs through November 2.  But in San Diego Old Town Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated on November 1 and 2, presumably because the first day coincides with Halloween here in the U.S.

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

As you may have surmised by now, despite the focus on dead people, Día de Muertos has little to do with Halloween.  It is instead a three-part celebration of family members deceased.  On October 31 children (living ones) make altars inviting children (dead ones) to visit.  The following day, All Saints’ Day, is for adults.  Dead adults.  They, too, are expected to visit with their warmer relations.  The celebration culminates on All Souls’ Day on November 2.  This is the time for families (living) to go to the local cemetery and dress up the burial sites of their relatives (dead).

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

So you can see that there’s a lot more to the Day of the Dead than a bunch of macabre skeletons dressed up in their Sunday finest.  It is a celebration of one’s forebears.  Other traditions associated with the Day of the Dead include pan de muerto (bread of the dead; not to be confused with dead bread from the day-old section at the local bakery), sugar skulls, candies, and atole (a sweet, flavored corn-based drink).

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

At any rate, the Day of the Dead is an explosion of colors both floral and man made.  As such you should have a camera ready to capture it all.

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

And I don’t just mean the dressed skeletons.  The decorations extend to outdoor venues from restaurants to store entrances.

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

But it’s the skeletons that rule the day.

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

Día de Muertos, San Diego Old Town

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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

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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Final note:  Considering The Destinary is a site listed as owned by Sonia Bosquez-Platt of Indianapolis Tour & Travel, you may want to rethink doing business with her or her company.

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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.

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