Posts Tagged 'San Diego'

5 Best cities (as according to the thoughtherder)

Edinburgh. There are not many cities in the world that for me can rival the view as you stroll down Princess Street, how many others can boast a 12th century castle on the skyline.  By some standards its a pretty small city, dwarfed by its neighbor to the west with a population of just under 500,000 people, yet there still always seems to be something going on.  Highlights include the the edinburgh festival over the summer and stockbridge’s choice of shops & bars.

London.  I’ve never lived in London but came close a few years ago.  If I hadn’t moved overseas it was my fall back option and i think it would have been a pretty good one.  Having friends living in the city worked out well for trips down to visit, particularly when I could angle a meeting for either Friday or Monday and make a weekend out of it and get the flights courtesy of work for free.  I really enjoy Camden Market for stroll, the bar at the tate modern for a drink looking across at St Pauls, more restaurants than you could ever eat at and the feeling that something awesome is always going on in the city somewhere.

Vancouver. Now my ‘local’ city although I don t spend that much time there to be honest, right now I’d always rather be snowboarding and through the summer the weather seems to nice to be in a city (Stanley Park aside).  I was blown away on my first trip here by the views, where Edinburgh has the castle, Vancouver has the pacific ocean the snow topped coastal mountains, dense woodlands surrounding the city skyline.  I know I still have the best of the city to see despite my countless visits but I think that for me it will always be synonymous with new beginnings and adventures which makes it one of my top 5.

San Diego.  Only been twice but the second trip confirmed it in my top 5, my post on the Zoo and Cafe Chloe are 2 of the reasons, but I just love the overall vibe of the place. More posts will follow, but I can recommend this city for sure beaches, sunshine and weird birds, what more do you want from a city?

New Orleans. I’ve only had 1 trip to New Orleans, and that was post Katrina so i’m not sure what it was like before, but I really loved the party atmosphere and the friendliness of the people. Ok to be fair that was also time outside New Orleans traveling in Louisiana and probably shouldn’t let it reflect on the city but I cant help combine the 2 as the city trip merged into one.  I know others have been and didn’t like the brashness of the place, or the frat boy culture of bourbon street, or the fact that so many of the visitors seem to disregard their ability to use trash cans but its a party street and and it has some elements that go hand in hand i with that.  I would highly recommended drinking hurricanes and listening to the piano duals at Pat O’Brians and having brunch at the courtyard of 2  sisters listening to the live band ease you into your day with some easy tunes.

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Is it a seagull or is it a pigeon?

I know that some cities are plagued by pigeons and some of their coastal cousins are blighted by seagulls but in San Diego I saw what looked like a cross breed between the two.

Humanity beware….

San Diego Trip; Cafe Chloe

Even though I was only in San Diego for a few days, 1 blog post to mention what I liked and didnt like just wouldn’t do the city justice. I’ll break it down and give you a couple of things over a couple of days and that way you’re not swamped by my thoughts.

First things first, it was my second trip to San Diego and I love the city.  Great vibe, great mix of people and stuff going on, plenty of tourist stuff for a weekend getaway and I look forward to going again (my bank balance does not).

Cafe Chloe was a small eatery that my girlfriend and I tried as it was just round the corner from our hotel.We only went to for breakfast, and I wish we had more time and eaten their for dinner too.

Breakfast was first rate, the service was excellent and I basically cannot fault any aspect of our experience. I would recommend this place to anyone, I know that I will return if I’m ever in San Diego again. The staff called us a cab and then gave us tips on the Zoo (where we were headed) before giving us some advice on other local food places around our hotel that we might like.

Ask about their mimosas, they’re an awesome way to start a vacation day!

One final tip if you are heading to San Diego, get your hands on a copy of the Urbanist, its a really helpful fold out map with info on some really great shops and restaurants. Just don’t believe what they say about Lotus Thai…….its awful.

San Diego Zoo pic

The best thing I saw all day;

San Diego

Decided to take the trip to San Diego but already on my way home.

Fantastic city, pics to be shared when I get home proper.

A few days in San Diego

Can I afford it? No.

Do I still want to go?  Yes.

Can I justify it?  Not really.

Bottom line I have a voucher that expires at the end of the month for 25% off any flight with Air Canada, combined with the fact that I am very close to having the silver membership with their reward miles.  That may sound a bit wankey, it’s not supposed to, it’s just I quite like the idea of having the perks for the next year. 

I have 3 days off and a credit card, and at the end of it all I guess I would prefer the experience even if it does mean that I’m skint over Christmas.