January 21st, 2017

Your Travels: Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado Island and more on California’s southern peninsula


By Medicine Hat News on December 3, 2016.

Ernest Fode

During my road trip through Arizona and California this past summer, I decided to stop in San Diego.

Unknowingly, I happened to arrive the day before their annual Comic-Con International Convention. This convention attracts comic fans (and movie stars) from all over North America.

Arriving at the Convention Center the following morning, thousands of fans wearing “Star Wars,” “Batman” “Spider-Man” costumes (to name a few), could be seen in a lineup stretching for blocks up to the Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Quarter is located in the heart of San Diego and covers more than 16 city blocks.

While exploring the Gaslamp Quarter, I found an interesting place for lunch called Croce’s Restaurant. This eatery is run by the family of Jim Croce, the late great musician known for his hits such as “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle.”

At the Pier, I hopped on the ferry boat which would take me across the bay over to Coronado Island (technically a peninsula).

Coronado Island is home to a U.S. Naval Air Base and the elegant, luxurious Hotel Del Coronado. This hotel was the movie location of the 1959 comedy “Some Like It Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.

While relaxing in “The Del” bar, I had to try their aptly named special drinks, Marilyn Monroe Mojito and the Jack Lemmon Drop.

During my late afternoon walk down Orange Ave, I observed the clean tree-lined walkways, swaying palm trees, stunning waterfront views and the beautiful skyline of San Diego.

My sight-seeing day ended with a drive over the arc-shaped Coronado Bay Bridge.

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