It was a cool, cloudy day, with a hint of rain, when we docked in San Diego, having just arrived from our stop in sunny Santa Barbara. I took a few photos as we sailed in. We were scheduled to dock at about 11 am.
From our balcony I took this pic of a plane taking off from the San Diego International Airport. The airport is on the edge of Little Italy and not far from the bay. Fact: Charles Lindbergh obtained his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, from Ryan Airlines Corporation which was located in an old fish cannery near the airport in San Diego. Before he took off from Roosevelt Field in New York he flew from San Diego. The Spirit of St. Louis was nothing like the jet in this photo.
We decided, after an interesting talk the evening before with a nice lady named Mary, to take the ferry to Coronado. The ferry dock was a 10 minute stroll from the ship and the trip to Coronado about 15 to 20 minutes across the bay. We boarded the ferry, which runs on the hour, and headed for the second deck for an outside view. I managed to capture a few shots as we made our way across the bay.
Here is a photo of the bridge from San Diego to Coronado. The day was grey and overcast. That is clearly evident in this photo. JoAnn and I have crossed the bridge a few times in an open air bus and I can tell you, from the second level of that bus the bridge really seemed high.
On arrival at Coronado, 15 minutes after we departed from the dock in San Diego, we went to lunch at Peohe’s at the ferry center. It was pleasant and, the weather notwithstanding, we opted for an outside table overlooking the bay and San Diego’s skyline. Here is a photo of the restaurant.
They’ll serve anyone at this restaurant; all you need is money or a beak.
After lunch Jimmy and Barbara opted to hang around the ferry pier while JoAnn and I took a brief walk around the neighborhood. It seems quite nice. Then we were on the ferry for our return trip. We passed the aircraft carrier Midway . . .
. . . and this statue of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on the day the nation was told World War II was over. The statue is based on an iconic photo taken on August 14, 1945 by Alfred Eisenstaedt; perhaps the most famous picture ever taken.
This may be may favorite harbor photo; the fishing fleet at rest.
Before we knew it we were back at the Discovery Princess, where a nice gentleman took our photo in return for me taking one of him and his wife.
A nice day in San Diego and Coronado.