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part 2 – Coronado

Yesterday, I shared photos from our day in Balboa Park.  We had such beautiful weather for our entire trip, though I had forgotten about how grey it can be in the morning.  That same morning grey is what takes me back to living near the water, especially when the fog rolls in. If it’s quiet you can faintly hear the fog horns.  I miss that.

We spent the day  at the historic Hotel del Coronado.  As I’m sure most know who’ve visited here or who live in San Diego, Coronado is an island that sits adjacent to downtown San Diego and is accessible only by coming across the Coronado bridge (vehicles only).  You can also take a 15-minute ferry ride from downtown to the Coronado Ferry Landing, which is filled with shops and restaurants.  It’s pretty touristy, however, a fun way to spend an afternoon with young children.

When we first moved to San Diego, Coronado is where we landed.  It’s pretty idyllic with its flat terrain, you can walk or ride your bike just about all over the island.  There are lots of shops and restaurants down Orange Avenue.   A great stretch of beach to sink your sand chairs into and spend the day.

It was grey and overcast the entire morning and afternoon.  It didn’t matter to my boys or good friend, M’s girls.  They had a grand time on the beach, climbing up the rocks that form the jetty and searching for shells.

My kids forgot just how cold the Pacific Ocean is (even in the summer).

Did I mention the lovely lunch we had overlooking the Pacific Ocean, afternoon cocktail in hand while sitting inside the B & S bar?  Lobster bisque and this asparagus pizzette drizzled with a balsamic reduction.

The roasted tomato soup was also divine and the seasoning was perfection.  I love it when friends share, don’t you?  As you can probably already guess, I was way too busy catching up and enjoying all of the glorious things we ordered that afternoon to take proper photos showing you each item we dined on.

We walked out of the hotel completely satisfied.

 Just before heading back to the hotel, the littlest decided to leave his autograph in the sand.  Love it!

All in all, a perfect day on Coronado.  Auntie M bought each child their own bag of candy from the candy shop before the car was brought around.   According to my oldest…that’s what made it a perfect day.

Tomorrow is my final installment of our San Diego trip.  Hint: it involves Mexican food.