Old Town, San Diego

Colorado House

Stable Museum

Close to the Immaculate Conception Church is a Pioneer Park with original and replica buildings from the origins of San Diego. As I wandered through the park, I wondered about my ancestors. Was I walking in their footsteps?
This is a quote from Old Town San Diego guide

“Old Town San Diego is considered the “birthplace” of California. San Diego is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. It was here in 1769, that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the very first mission in a chain of 21 missions that were to be the cornerstone of California’s colonization. Father Serra’s mission and Presidio were built on a hillside overlooking what is currently known as Old Town San Diego”.

I bet it really was cosmopolitan back in the day!

Spice shop

I was fascinated by the huge scale. It made me think of bushels and pecks – such descriptive measurements. When we moved back to the States, I was delighted to find imperial measurements instead of Metric weights. Sometimes you are just to old to adapt to kilos… Then I discovered that American imperial measurements are different to the old British ones. The gallons are different – WTH???

Senora de los Meurtos

I visited just before Halloween and Dia de los Meurtos and loved the vivid color in these displays in the restaurant district. You can tell that it is autumn in San Diego with that fantastic clear light. It was about 80 degrees with NO humidity – yay! I fearlessly ate lunch outside without misting systems and didn’t get bitten by mosquitoes. When you live in a sub tropical swamp, those weather conditions are heaven. As I write this, it is heavenly weather in Houston but there is always some bloody mosquitoes…

Ah, it was a perfect day visiting ancestor’s graves at an appropriate time to honor them and then being able to imagine how they lived.

24 thoughts on “Old Town, San Diego

  1. Wonderful post… we can certainly see the Spanish (hence: Mexican) influence when it comes to those traditional depictions and offerings (or should I say “oblations”?)…
    I love the skulls and the fact that they are surrounded by colorful flowers, as if Life and Death were part of the same thing, somehow… or one cause/consequence of the other!. It is a very interesting way to consider it. Plus, many times… paganism, on the other hand, goes hand in hand with Catholic much more orthodox traditions.
    Love & best wishes… Happy weekend ❀

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    • Thank you so much, Aquileana! I, too, am fascinated with the crossover of pagan/religious festivals. There are too many to count in northern Europe. In the ’60s, Scotland only celebrated Christmas as a sacred religious day so no Christmas trees. We received our presents at midnight on Hogmanay, 31st December and ate a full meal of steak pie and potatoes. This was an ancient Yule log festival originally. Even in Muslim Egypt, they still celebrate a pagan spring festival where everyone has picnics on the side of the road. When we first arrived in the US, Mexicans were complaining that we were diluting the sacredness of Day of the Dead but even Halloween was once the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Happy Weekend to you, too, mi amiga!

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