Visit to San Diego

My wife and I visited San Diego for two days, while I worked remotely from our hotel room during the day.

We took the Amtrak train from Irvine to San Diego.

The arrival location in downtown San Diego at the Santa Fe Depot station was quite scenic:

Santa Fe Depot Amtrak train station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train car exterior Me and wife riding Amtrak

One of the interesting sites from the train ride was the remnants of the San Onofre nuclear power plant:

San Onofre nuclear power plan

We walked from the station to our hotel at the Manchester Grand Hyatt:

Exterior of Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego Interior lobby of Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego

We went to dinner at Puesto, a Mexican chain restaurant next to our hotel which was great–I had chips, salsa, a quesadilla and watermelon juice:

Puesto San Diego

After dinner we walk around the waterfront:

Seaport Village, San Diego

And then the Gaslamp District which had a large stretch of pedestrianized blocks–which were quiet as it was a Monday night:

Gaslamp District Gaslamp District

There was some excellent lighting for night-time photography:

Tacos Ghirardelli San Diego

Downtown San Diego seems centered around its courts and law offices.

We saw an ancient-looking bus with Immigration & Customs Enforcement(ICE) signage outside the courthouse.

Premium real estate in downtown is used for car storage because the transit accessibility and frequency is mediocre:


It was interesting to see offices of the parking enforcement company that does parking enforcement contracting in our city of residence, LAZ Parking:

LAZ offices San Diego

There was entrepreneurial signage for a bike mechanic:

Bike Mechanic San Diego

Overall it was a great, short trip.

I loved the temperate whether and the walkability of the downtown was very good.

I can see the appeal!

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