Category Archives: San Diego Sights

A Market in the Making

If you walk into the new San Diego Public Market, which just opened September 12 in Barrio Logan, you might feel a twinge of disappointment. I did, when Steve and I visited just as the place was opening this morning. … Continue reading

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San Diego’s Best (Known) Public Place

A friend just sent me a copy of a recently compiled list of the Top 100 Public Spaces in the United States and Canada, and it was gratifying to see Balboa Park in the ninth spot. It is a great … Continue reading

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Valley of the Bears (and Other Amazing History)

Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862, and at least one San Diego County community is playing up the local impact of that action. The Act allowed for any adult who filed a $10 fee to get … Continue reading

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No More Sneaking In

For years, the only entrance to the section of the Scripps Coastal Reserve that overlooks Black’s Beach was to duck under or climb over a temporary looking wooden gate. The area was open to the public (at least during daylight … Continue reading

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The Oldest Sleep in San Diego

The Whaley House in Old Town touts its reputation as a haunted house, but when the restoration of the Cosmopolitan Hotel was completed last year, it seemed likely to be an even better place for conjuring ghostly glimpses of San … Continue reading

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Where the Happy Horses Hang Out

Up at Santa Anita Park (in Arcadia, northeast of downtown LA), you can take a free tram tour of the stable area and receiving barn most weekends during the racing season. But the corresponding section of the Del Mar Racetrack admits fewer outsiders. … Continue reading

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World-class Fishy Beauties

I’d heard about the wonderful changes that have taken place at the Japanese Friendship Garden’s koi pond in recent years, but I only got a chance to see them for myself the other day. I visited the pond with my friend, … Continue reading

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Pony Talk and Donuts

I drove up to Del Mar this morning, parked at the racetrack for free, walked in the gates for free, helped myself to a free cup of coffee and chocolate donut with sprinkles, and settled down to listen to three … Continue reading

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Ship Ahoy!

I paid a visit to San Salvador Village Sunday morning. This one was not located in Central America but rather at the west end of Spanish Landing Park on San Diego Bay. The San Salvador was the vessel that carried Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and … Continue reading

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Mr. Burkle’s Garden

Far be it from me to say what’s the most eye-popping mansion in San Diego County, but  Ron Burkle’s clifftop La Jolla Farms villa certainly would be on any short list of candidates. It also stands out for its relative … Continue reading

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