California Girl

I’ve been back from the sunshine state for just over a week and I’m already feeling nostalgic for what turned out to be the trip of a lifetime.

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From the moment we started our descent into San Diego and the clouds cleared to reveal the vivid, captivating California landscape I was in love.

Having never been to the West Coast before I had done my research and had a clear idea of where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see. But as soon as we hit the road I entered an incredible state of zen and I went with the flow like never before. And you know what? It was amazing! We ended up seeing and experiencing things we would never have had the opportunity to if we’d stuck to a rigid schedule and I’ve never felt so relaxed on holiday.

I’m so excited to share my trip with you all over the next few weeks. There’s so much to share so get ready for a LOT of California sunshine 🙂

So, let’s start at the very beginning…with my arrival in San Diego!

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The first part of my visit wasn’t actually vacation as I was in town for a work conference but I had the first day to myself to explore – a kind of pre-vacation, vacation. I headed to the spa first thing for a post-long-haul-flight massage and then headed out of the hotel (the absolutely gorgeous Marriott Marquis at the Marina – I highly highly recommend it!) into the sunshine.

I wandered over to the Gaslamp Quarter to start…

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^Stopped for a drink at Coyote Ugly because how could I not?

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#Americuh (Imagine Tom Brokaw saying it. Tom Brokaw says it perfectly.)

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^We were (completely unintentionally) in town for the 2016 MLB All Star Game so had to maneuver around the player parade that snaked through downtown San Diego. I can’t say I recognized any of the players but I enjoyed the pageantry!

After wandering the city streets for a while I was craving nature so I grabbed a cab and headed to Balboa Park. (It looks walkable on a map but, trust me, it isn’t.)

Balboa Park is one of San Diego’s most popular attractions and it’s not hard to see why.

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Originally built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition the Spanish Colonial-style buildings now house a variety of shops cafes and museums.

Honestly, I could stare at this intricate architecture alllll day long. It’s unbelievably beautiful.

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I didn’t have time to explore the museums this time around but they’re definitely on the list for next time!

The next four days were filled with a busy but fun work whirlwind and then the road trip began.

We hit the road tomorrow – be there or be square!

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