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.

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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.

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A short walk from the waterfront in the Gaslamp Quarter, This is the old part of San Diego dating from the 1880s.

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Some of the old building were fantastic, as were the old pubs.

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I don’t think this sign is old but it looked pretty cool.

10 comments on “San Diego

  1. Welcome to America!

    Be sure to take the Coronado Ferry for a few bucks and go the famous Coronado Hotel. Stunning!

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  2. Graham Harper

    Mark
    Great photos as always. Got any doors to show us?
    Graham

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  3. Welcome to the USA! Nice to see you posting again!

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  4. Debra A Utko

    Welcome to the U.S.. I can’t believe that with all of your travels……well, you should venture to the northeast, aka New England. Then you can be a real Yankee. Seriously though, enjoy every minute.

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  5. looks great 🙂

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