We stayed for 13 days at the Manchester Grand Hyatt (coincidentally where Andrew et al were last year !)
the weather in Winter is famous for its av. Daily Temp of 20 degrees.
Dont believe it!! It was more like Melbourne mild winter 13-16 most days with one day of 27.(so we did get the t-shirt out!
So just a small taste of our trip
We ended up at Bertrand at Mr A's with views of the city and bay
We set up some lights and a cardboard Xmas tree I brought form home with our Xmas stocking to each other (a tradition) and the table piled with gifts (for me to bring home as well )
|In my Christmas present T shirt |
Note the red Fitbit. We did 10,000 steps every day
|In Balboa Park|
|one side of the Spreckel's organ Pavilion in Balboa Park|
On New Years day we met up with Marie-Liesse and Ludo Labat, a French couple who were members at PMYC. They and their 3 boys are in USA for 2 years on a work thing for Ludo (they had come to Australia for Marie-Liesse to work at Walter and Eliza Hall.)
|we went on a walk to Torrey Pines Nature Reserve|
|The 3 boys. Arthur jumping for joy!|
They speak French to there parents but english to each other
|the skinny sis!|
|Lots of murals around town|
|along the Embacadero|
|USS Midway Now in the maritime museum area|
|The Times square Kiss Statue|
Celia gave me a night Bites, Booze and Brothels tour of the GasLamp District Didn't go into any brothels though
|The Grant Hotel|
I gave Celia a 3 hour Jeep tour of Borrego State Desert Park with a local photographer, about 2 hours north inland of San Diego. So we hired a car and stayed the night and came back through the mountains via Julian, where there was snow!Thankfully not on the roads!!
|The Cholla cactus|
|A walk through the slot Canyon of Badlands area|
|Fabulous statues of the main road|
|the Pillar cactus|
We went over to Coronado Island on the Hop on Hop off Bus and decided against Xmas eve dinner at $195 pp (maybe worth it, but after US Tax 2% and tip 4%, plus wine we felt we could fly to New York on what we saved!
|Mr Sandcastle at work|
|The Hotel Del Coronado|
Started in driving rain that stopped by the time we arrived
|colony of seals on the beach and some Yellow headed Pelicans|