This city has it all -beach, sunshine, quaint village lifestyle, cliffs and coves, and spectacular views. It has so much to offer, that you can run out of time but never run out of places! 😉
I and my husband were on our way back from Vegas when we decided to spend a day in San Diego before we headed back to Los Angeles. Thanks to the crazy traffic at Highway 61, all we ended up getting was an evening to explore the place. Of course it was too short to explore it all, but that didn’t stop us from trying!
- Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial
The sun was still high up as we entered San Diego, which meant we had a couple of hours before sunset, so we thought of checking out a few places before going to our final destination to watch the setting sun.
The first in our list was Mount Soledad. Located on top of La Jolla scenic drive. The place is a lot more than a historic landmark. The view from the hilltop is spectacular. You can get a bird’s eye view of the whole city of San Diego and La Jolla. It felt weirdly good to just stand there and soak in the beauty of the ocean, the small houses cluttered all around and paved roads snaking through a multitude of trees. All these added a whole new dimension to the city.
As I winded up my way through the hill, the giant white cross greeted our eyes! It is simply enormous and in my opinion it looked like the California’s version of the Rio Christ statue! 😉 Lined around the cross are plaques decorated with pictures of Veterans who served in past battles such as Korean and WWII. It sure is an impressive way to pay our tributes to all the brave men and women.
All in all, the place had a serene equanimity around it and it was easy to forget the ticking time and stay lost in its beauty forever! 🙂
2. Unconditional Surrender
“All is fair in love and war” .
Well…if the great cross at Mount Soledad is a fitting tribute to war, this giant statute is a perfect way to commemorate love!! ❤
This 25-foot statue was designed by Seward Johnson and commemorates Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous 1945 “V-J day in Times Square” photograph.
I have very little aesthetic judgement when it comes to art but the statue has a potential to take you way back in time. The camera sure couldn’t capture the essence but I could feel it all around the place. The place sure has “love is in the air” vibe to it! 😛
Although I had very little time in hand,but it was worth a visit! 🙂
3. Scripp’s Pier
It might sound crazy, but I always wanted to see a pier from down under! The only reason why I wanted to go to Scripp’s Pier was to take this picture and the wait was totally worth it. 😛
Half a mile walk at the La Jolla shores on a sunny evening almost drained our energy and we were on the verge of letting our tiredness take a toll on us and spend the sunset under the pier! I had read that it too offered amazing views of the sunset but with so much people around, I wasn’t sure if I would get a good capture! 😉
That is when I realized that I do not need a Redbull drink to keep going…The driving force in my life is the hope of getting a good click! 😉 The thought of La Jolla Cove during sunset was all I needed to get back on my feet!! I dragged myself all the way back to La Jolla shores parking spot only to visit the most awaited place in my San Diego list! 🙂
4. La Jolla Cove
I know there are amazing places in this whole world where heaven could be, but I guess, I found mine in the sandy cliffs of La Jolla. 🙂
It was a perfect spot to watch the setting sun. There were very few people scattered around the place and we found a perfect spot by the cliff from where we could see the sun slowly sailing its way down the horizon and also spot few kids playing at the small beach just under the shade of the cliffs! The cliff glowed bright coppery in the dimming rays of the sun as the mighty waves crashed on the shore.
The sun was slowly going down leaving behind a varied contrast of colors all around. Except for the undulating waves, everything looked still and the effect of the light made the scene look like a painting. I had always read about such sunsets in the books but to witness it myself was a satiating experience! 🙂 The sun had set but it had left me completely rejuvenated. 🙂
I remembered the words of Rabindranath Tagore as I walked my way back to the car – “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
5. Centinneal Park, Coronado
Truth be told…I came to know about this place while having dinner at La Jolla shores. I eavesdropped at a conversation about it being an amazing place to see the San Diego skyline. 🙂 I couldn’t really catch all the details, but I persuaded my husband to check it out post dinner! Thanks to my eavesdropping skill!!
It was a good 30 minute drive down south from La Jolla shores across the Coronado bridge but the place offered stunning views of the skyline.
It is a little park tucked away at the edge of the Coronado bay. There are a lot of benches in and around the place where in you can sit and gape at the skyline like me!
I don’t know for how long I sat there but it sure did feel amazing. It brought a perfect culmination to the day – Cool breeze, lovely buildings and silky smooth waters!! 🙂
The day did come to an end but the San Diego chapter has just begun in my life. I know I will come back again to explore the unexplored!!