Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Old Town, San Diego

Old Town San Diego is considered the "birthplace" of California. San Diego is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. It was here in 1769, that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the very first mission in a chain of 21 missions that were to be the cornerstone of California’s colonization. Father Serra’s mission and Presidio were built on a hillside overlooking what is currently known as Old Town San Diego. At the base of the hill in 1820’s, a small Mexican community of adobe buildings was formed and by 1835 had attained the status of El Pueblo de San Diego. In 1846, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant and a Marine Lieutenant, raised the American flag in the Old Town San Diego Plaza.

In 1968, the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation established Old Town State Historic Park to preserve the rich heritage that characterized San Diego during the 1821 to 1872 period. The park includes a main plaza, exhibits, museums and living history demonstrations.
Alex and Riza took us to see Old Town, and it was really cool! It really did feel like we were stepping back into simpler times.
This Cosmopolitan Hotel was an original building that is just being finished being restored to its original look by Alex and his firm! It's going to open this month sometime, and I only wish we could have been there to stay inside!!

The town square was a busy little area surrounded by small shops and restraunts. They had live entertainment and a lot of fun shopping!!
Check out the size of the cacti here!
This fountain was beautiful, and the birds would come and bathe in it. SO cute! I think all my loose change went into it, with bunches of tiny throws from 4 tiny hands...



Eating lunch at a yummy Mexican place in the square :)
Which, by the way, Alex's firm restored the entire town square as well!

It was a WONDERFUL experience! The only thing I regret was that I had forgotten that the Whaley house was there, and I didn't even realize it!!
(For all you that don't know - it's the #1 most haunted place in the USA!!)
I guess we all know where I'll be going next time...


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2 comments:

  1. wish i could have been there. and when you go to the haunted place next time, I'm definitely coming! ghosts actually fart on you and i need to get that on film next time! lol!

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  2. HAHAAHA! That was totally YOUR doing! I was actually glad that I didn't go without you because no one else would actually want to go with me probably!!

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