San Diego: An Ocean Lover’s Dream!

The view from “La Valencia” Room 1117

I previously wrote about San Diego a bunch of times here. Being from Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa (the east coast), I’m used to the beach. By the way, if you’re new to my blog, I love to travel and write + take pictures of special moments along my travels. For more on African moments, I highly suggest: Chasing Elephants in Addo Elephant Park. Now I live in Texas + there isn’t a beach for miles. That’s why when I get a chance to visit the coast, it leaves me very refreshed indeed. I recently enjoyed the gorgeous city of San Diego once again, staying at La Valencia Hotel (where this view above awaited me!).

When I went this time, I enjoyed a production of “Hamilton” at The Civic Theatre, which I believe is touring in Atlanta right now (10/10 by the way). I’m always so thrilled to be back in a place which offers salty ocean air + tropical horizons. La Valencia was a perfect home away from home, with personal touches such as macaroons in the bedroom awaiting us. I love macaroons; more on macaroon moments in Washington here. 

I really enjoyed walking along Scripps Beach in La Jolla on a sunny day + checking out the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Of course, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps is a must-see too. If you’re interested in oceanography or marine studies, you would appreciate the institute website or these articles I found:

  1. The Scripps Fleet: One of the world’s largest academic research fleets
  2. Pier Cam
  3. A calender of upcoming events

For More Magic Moments you can find on this blog, check this out.

Moody La Valencia Hotel at night! A very warm breeze + tropical vegetation lends itself to a rather poetic setting
La Valencia is known for its spacious coastal villas + suites, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, personable service, Pacific views + old-world luxury
La Valencia Hotel exudes Hollywood Glamour on the California Rivera – a hospitality classic since 1926.
Beautiful Macaroons the hotel arranged in the room!
Robert Paine Scripps Forum in San Diego – one of many buildings as part of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography
George H. Scripps Lab Historical Landmark
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Overlooking Scripps Beach on a sunny day!
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Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier or simply “Scripps Pier” was built the year I was born, 1988!

Scripps Pier

Here is some history….

The original Scripps Pier, built in 1915-1916, was a 1,000-foot-long facility for acquiring clean seawater for the campus laboratories + the public aquarium.

As one of the world’s biggest research piers, it is used for boat launching + a variety of experiments. Data on ocean conditions + plankton taken from the pier since 1916 provide an unparalleled source of information on changes in the coastal Pacific Ocean.

More at:

Sunset from La Jolla Beach
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La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club on a sunny day!
The Keeling Curve at Scripps Institute of Oceanography – Did you know Keeling linked fossil fuel emissions to rising CO2 on Earth?
A performance of “Hamilton” at The Civic Theatre!
Silhouette of birds at La Jolla Cove
Seals on the famous Seal Beach at dusk
Seagull in his element!
Black Tea at the hotel – the perfect end to a magical stay
Hotel interior

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