The Places We Visited
On this trip we decided to visit the SS Midway. While we are not particularly military minded, this turned out to be very interesting and I would thoroughly recommend it. The ship is huge but the space inside was cramped. I couldn't imagine the noise when it would be occupied by over 4000 personnel, at sea with the waves crashing and the airplanes landing and taking off.
We enjoyed lunch in Little Italy where you can get great coffee and we found some nice little Italian markets. We walked the waterfront and saw sailing ships, steamships, submarines and huge super yachts. San Diego really is a maritime city.
We visited one of our favorite hangouts in Ocean Beach. The Wonderland bar and restaurant lends itself to 'people watching'. Sitting at the window, cocktail in hand, we sat and watched the world go by. There were girls 'hoola hooping', guys on tightropes, Yogis doing their morning mantras and, as always, an 'incident' which turned out not to be major, with no-one hurt. The surfers were out enjoying the waves and we could have stayed there all day, never a dull moment!
We returned there a few days later to the farmer's market. The many stalls offered a variety of goods, arts and crafts and fresh produce. We bought some wonderfully crisp, salty pita chips and homemade hummus, along with authentic spicy Indian samosas and sauces, which we had for dinner that evening. There are many great little bars and cafes here - OB noodle house being one of our favorites https://obnoodlehouse.com/, along with Wonderland https://wonderlandob.com/ and 3rd Corner wine bar http://www.the3rdcorner.com/
We visited a great little Chinese restaurant which was within walking distance, found a great world food supermarket, and a Banh Mi store with great sandwiches. A real treat was finding the local wine cafe http://www.romeoandjulietawinecafe.com/. Great menu and lovely owners.
La Mesa was another area we visited, again at a farmers market. Lovely produce and food stalls. We didn't spend too much time here, but noticed some interesting restaurants and learned that it was an 'upcoming' area. A definite for next time!
Other neighborhoods we have visited and recommend are Hillcrest, Normal Heights, North Park and obviously the Gaslamp area. The zoo has gone through some renovation and is well worth the visit and we always enjoy a walk through Balboa Park.
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