Sometimes you don’t have to travel very far to escape to another time and place.
This afternoon I needed to get out of the house and, in less than thirty minutes, I was back in the 1800’s in Old Town San Diego. It’s where the earliest settlers sank their roots and formed what would eventually become the city of San Diego. If you’re really interested in a brief overview of San Diego’s early days, you can read about it on the Old Town San Diego State Historical Park’s website.
I enjoy Old Town because of some of its historical architecture–fully restored adobe buildings and some of the typical “wild west”-style wood frame merchant buildings–and for its vibrant, international flair. Between the open air restaurants with their tantalizing aromas of great Mexican food or the shops with the hand-painted ceramic tiles or the vendor carts with their garish kitsch, Old Town San Diego stimulates your senses. Just be open to take it all in.
Old Town San Diego is quite popular with the tourist crowd, so it’s a great place to people watch under the shade of a tree on the square or the awning of a storefront.
It was a fun afternoon escape. Check it out one day.