The View from Our Airbnb in Cortez Hill
This Labor Day weekend, we decided to road trip with our friends to spend a weekend in San Diego! I had not been in the city since I was little, and Keith had never been at all. So we packed our bags and headed down I-5 at 4 AM in the morning.
Day 1: San Jose to San Diego
I got Ferrero Rocher, while he got rose ice cream. Delicious, but make sure to eat it (and take your pictures) before it melts! The shop itself is beautifully designed, with classic subway tiles and a vintage couch.
With the many crowds at Balboa Park, it was difficult to snap any good pictures. But we did have fun watching quite a few photoshoots going on! It was hilarious when one of our friends started taking photos and a girl dressed up for her quinceañera came with her entourage... we watched (and laughed) from afar as he didn't notice at all and continued taking photos.
Keith and I woke up really early in the morning on Saturday, and took a lovely stroll to The Coffee & Tea Collective while we waited for everyone else to wake up. It really was such a difference walking down the streets of downtown San Diego before the city had woken up. We enjoyed a nice warm cup of coffee and then headed back to grab breakfast with our friends!
Here was the challenge with ordering 32 cones of ice cream - eating them all before they melted! Even with 6 of us, we struggled and left the table with a few melted ice cream drops. My favorite was black sesame, while he really loved rose vanilla.
If you ever want to go to the Salk Institute, just know that the gates are locked on weekends and there is a guard patrolling the grounds. We saw a few other people following us as we tried to figure out if there was any way in. Though we did get to the fountain, that was the farthest we could go.
It was a long walk down the beach to Scripps Pier, but much worth it. While we expected tons of people to be crowded around the pier trying to get this classic San Diego photo, it was surprisingly clear of people. There were only a few photographers, and a few more people doing photoshoots later in the evening, but all people who patiently waited to take their turn.
And our favorite couple, who we had lots of laughs with this weekend, having their moment despite the many of photos of them just making faces at each other. Saving those photos for future wedding bells!
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