We had our first full day on honeymoon, having arrived in San Diego late the previous evening. The time difference meant we were up and about good and early; a stroll down the promenade and around the Seaport Village to look at the ships started the relaxation process perfectly!
In the afternoon we drove out to see one of the original Spanish missions at San Juan Capistrano, founded in 1776 and including the oldest building in California still in use: Fra Serra’s Church. The gardens were particularly beautiful, full of roses, lily ponds and butterflies.
On the way back to San Diego we stopped off at Cardiff State beach, to dip our toes in the Pacific for the first time, and at La Jolla to see the seals from the breakwater.
We liked San Diego a whole lot – it seems like a really cool city with a great climate and really friendly residents – people who stopped to offer directions when they saw us looking at a map and spontaneously started telling us what a great place it is to live.
We stayed at the Hotel Bristol – the first of many West Country connections!
Please see the gallery for more photos! (NB: click on the photos for larger versions/slideshow.)
The date was 1 November 2011. Next day – Day 2: Sea World.