We did a few posts on San Diego a few years ago – and here is one more! It is a fun town, fresh, vibrant, warm, and sunny! What’s not to like? We realized that we had never really explored the famous, historic Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, but had just driven by it and through it. So we set off for a walk from the cruise ship to visit this area, and liked it an awful lot.
We know NOTHING about major spectator sports, and we started talking with each other about how the San Diego Padres had moved from San Diego to Los Angeles, and how frustrating that must have been for the local fans. We kept seeing “San Diego Padres” signs all around the Gaslamp area, though! We thought, wow, they really miss their baseball team! So we stopped a 30-something guy, asked if he was a local, and said, “So, the Padres moved to LA, right?” NO, he answered – “It was the San Diego Chargers, and it still hurts my heart after five years!! TODAY is the Padres’ Opening Day; the baseball diamond is just down the street.” So much information in these two sentences, as we literally had no idea about any of it.
There were Padres t-shirts and signs all over the streets as we wandered along, with people heading in the direction of Opening Day at the baseball field. There was even a live radio broadcast on Fifth Avenue about the game.
Since the Gaslamp Quarter is the historic center of San Diego, there is also some fantastic architecture, with buildings dating from the late 1800s, and you can see the dates on some of the terrific buildings we photographed. Mostly, though, you will see a lot of whimsy and fun. We were in a cute candy store, passed lots of bars and restaurants, saw some fun retail stores, and walked by many outdoor dining stalls, just like other big cities across the US have. They certainly have changed the look of main streets in our cities.