Today I begin a new travel series on a ten-day cruise Ursula and I took out of Los Angeles to Mexico back in October/November of 2014. Along the way I’ll give you a glimpse of some seldom seen ports of call in the Sea of Cortez, rather than the usual fare along the Mexican Riviera. First stop out of L.A. was San Diego, but unlike the last time we went there we visited San Diego on a cruise this time we ventured went farther from port. But first we would have to find transportation.
Pretty neat looking train depot, isn’t it. You’re looking at San Diego’s Union Station, originally known as the Santa Fe Depot. And befitting it’s original name there are some pretty awesome tile works inside.
The tile work alone is worth a quick visit, but the interior in otherwise impressive as well.
There is of course that stunning exterior as well, dating back 100 years ago this month.
For instance, take a gander at that tiled dome atop the structure. It’s a match to the interior tiles in both theme and color.
Here we purchased our tickets and headed out onto the quaint passenger platform.
Then we waited, but not too long. Just enough to capture this fun image and a bit more.
After our brief wait we boarded an ultra-modern and comfortable San Diego Trolley for our journey to Old Town, four stops to the northwest of the Union Depot. Don’t try this on foot. The route crosses many areas impassable by foot. After exiting the Old Town Transit Center we took a brief stroll across the street to this day’s sightseeing destination, the San Diego Old Town State Historic Park.
It will take the better part of a couple of hours to explore all there is to see and do here, which is why Old Town will feature both this week and next. As an added bonus we arrived here for Day One of the three-day Día de Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Día de Muertos will be the subject of my April 1 blog post. Be sure not to miss that because the colors and decorations associated with this celebration are quite stunning.
We’ll continue our exploration of Old Town on Wednesday and this week’s Fun Photo Friday, but until then I’ll leave you with this panorama of the Old Town Park that awaits you upon entry:
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