The theme letter for our travel pics this week is W, for Worldmark.
On our most recent trip to the US, we were going to stay with my our daughter and her husband in Oakland – but as we were planning the trip, she mentioned that she had a conference in San Diego the week we arrived.
Oooh, we thought .. we have a Worldmark property in San Diego – why don’t we stay there instead?
Actually, there are four San Diego Worldmarks – Oceanside, Mission Valley, Inn on the Park and Balboa Park. We stayed at Balboa Park.
Now, we had never really thought about staying in San Diego – but we are glad we did, because it’s actually a fascinating place.
From Coronado Island and its historic hotel, to the Naval dockyards, to the Gaslamp district, to San Diego zoo … and there’s a fast, efficient light-rail service for the city – which even takes you to the Mexican border
We took that tram to the border, but didn’t go across, because we didn’t have our passports: Mexico would have let us in, but the US wouldn’t have let us back 🙂
Instead, we found a massive outlet mall right next to the border, where we bought shoes, and a watch, and a hideous potato-and-squeezy-cheese dish that looked terrible, but tasted …. worse.
None of which has anything to do with today’s picture.
The Balboa Park resort, like San Francisco, is a converted hotel and contains only one-bed and studio apartments.
But they are quite large, well appointed, centrally located – and have an amazing rooftop area where there are barbecues and a magic view.
I was still trying out a new camera when I took this, so it doesn’t do justice to the view at night, looking down toward the Coronado Bridge.