After all the excitement at LAX it was time for a bit of R&R. A good rest and now we were up and ready to explore San Diego, now i’ve done a bit of travelling, but you know what? I’ve never before set foot in the USA, yeah i’ve been in transit, sitting in the transit lounge was as close as I got.
A cab was hailed and downtown San Diego was just 10 minutes away, the first thing I saw was the museum ship USS Midway. Built during WWII she was commissioned two weeks after the end of WWII but later served in Korea, Vietnam and the first Gulf war. For a full history follow this link.
On de-commissioning she was donated to the city of San Diego. she is in a great condition, a credit to all who sailed on her and those who look after her now. I didn’t get to tour her as Sean had done so the day before and didn’t fancy it again, you can find his post on her here.
What did impress me was these guys.
Just past the USS Midway is this statue, a representation of the famous photograph taken on VJ day. The Kiss was a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays a U.S. Navy sailor grabbing and kissing a stranger—a woman in a white dress—on Victory over Japan Day (“V-J Day”) in New York City’s Times Square on August 14, 1945.
A short walk from the waterfront in the Gaslamp Quarter, This is the old part of San Diego dating from the 1880s.
Some of the old building were fantastic, as were the old pubs.
I don’t think this sign is old but it looked pretty cool.