A Day in Old Town San Diego

posted by Sharon February 15, 2016 23 Comments
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Do you know the historical roots of your town? A piece of the history of San Diego is preserved in the delightful Old Town of this California coastal city. You can travel back to the mid 1800s as you stroll the wide streets and wooden sidewalks. Buildings from this era are open to the public.

Old Town is thought of the first “city” in the entire state. A Spanish settlement formed after Father Junipero Serra set up the first in a line of 21 missions here. The vivid colors of Mexico and lovely tile work can be found everywhere.

One of the favorites is the Whaley House. It’s haunted, you know. Whether or not you believe this, the old house is without a doubt the site of a store, a hotel, and a hanging.

School children arrived by the busload to learn about Old Town. They loved hearing about the exact spot where Yankee Jim swung by the neck.

Next door is the Creole Cafe. The owner, Mark Binh, happened onto the porch and was happy to pose for a photo.

The stable fascinates me.

If you’re in the area, be sure to spend some time here. And the Mexican cafes that line the streets offer yummy enchiladas and Margaritas.

How about you? Does your town display its history?

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23 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin February 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm

What a cool place to explore and learn about where you live!

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Cathy February 15, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Wonderful photos and what an exciting place to visit! Thank you! Have a wonderful day!

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Susanne February 15, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Lovely houses and buildings!!! I actually posted some photos from our town today too. Not as many as you, as it was freezing cold when I was out and I didn’t want to walk around for too long. But I love old buildings and when towns let their older houses remain there. So many towns in my country have demolished everything old, instead of renovating it, and it kind of erases the history and the town’s identity.

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Lisa at LTTL February 15, 2016 at 6:59 pm

What a fun little town. I think I wouldn’t know where to start. We would take a lets go down this side first :-). The stairs are my favorite shot.

Lisa @ Life Thru the Lens

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Marti February 15, 2016 at 9:24 pm

Our town displays its history, but not as well as that. Beautiful photos. I love the tiled stairs.

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linky February 16, 2016 at 12:36 am

There’s a lot of character in this place – charming!
Thanks for sharing these great shots at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/02/old-san-juan-pigeon-park.html. Now won’t you please send some warm weather our way as well?

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Karen February 16, 2016 at 4:09 am

I used to love to visit Old Town San Diego as a child. Last time I was there, all my favorite restaurants were gone, but I’m sure the food is still good. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Visiting through Wordless Wednesday.

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elizabethfstewart February 16, 2016 at 6:34 am

I’d love to head back down there soon! I didn’t get to see this part of San Diego on our last trip.

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Jackie February 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Gorgeous photos of a great place. We were there 2 years ago thanks for the memories!!

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tomthebackroadstraveller February 16, 2016 at 6:38 pm

Lovely collection of treasures…please consider linking to Tuesday’s Treasures.

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Margy February 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm

The red pump looks a lot like the blue one I have at my kitchen sink at the cabin. I used to love to go to San Diego Old Town. There was a tea shop there way back that had the best loose teas to buy. I always got one with rose hips that I loved. – Margy

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Mitzi February 16, 2016 at 8:40 pm

How fun!…you just don’t see old towns like this very much anymore! Love it!

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stardust February 17, 2016 at 1:12 am

How so beautiful and attractive the details of the Old Town of San Diego! I like to learn about history and this is the place I’ll definitely go when I visit California. The appearance of 1800s is quite different from that of my country. I live in a city which was the capital of Japan in 8th century and survived as religious and resort place after the capital was moved to Kyoto. Simple stroll makes you feel back in history.

Yoko

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Marie-AZ February 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm

I didn’t know there was an Old Town San Diego! I will have to visit there some time. It looks wonderful! Great pictures. You have certainly piqued my interest! 🙂

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Ida P. Krause February 17, 2016 at 6:28 pm

I love places like this. You learn so much.

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Kelleyn February 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm

Love old town San Diego!

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June February 18, 2016 at 1:32 am

What a bright and colorful history, Sharon! Much like that of ours here in San Antonio. Have a wonder-filled week!

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Abrianna February 18, 2016 at 6:25 am

Beautiful photos-very similar to old town where I used to live in the midwest. Where I am now we have buildings from the very first forming of America.

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Dina February 18, 2016 at 12:59 pm

San Diego is definitely on my bucket list! So, so beautiful!!

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Stephanie February 21, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Fantastic. And oh, those stairs – aren’t they great? Looks a fab place to visit. #LTTL

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Kim Cunningham February 22, 2016 at 7:37 pm

I love those tiles on the steps!

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Pat February 22, 2016 at 11:32 pm

I visited Old Town San Diego a couple years ago and found it very interesting. It’s nice when a town keeps a record of its roots, and preserves places from the past.

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Carolyn Leffler February 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Sharon, you captured the essence of one of my favorite places! I miss Flynn’s Candle Shop and some of the other shops and restaurants. I was dropping friends at the airport on this past Halloween and stopped in early in the morning, warmed myself by an outdoor fireplace, and enjoyed all the sights and decorations for Day of the Dead before the crowds arrived on the actual day! Beautiful!! Of course, I ate, too! 🙂

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