Day 62: San Diego – Vespa Tour

Posted: May 12, 2014 in America: Miami to San Francisco

Coffee in PB (Pacific Beach area) at The French Gourmet. Good coffee, nice cafe but NO wifi.

Today’s mount in a Piaggio Vespa 150 – nice wide comfy seat.

Rode through ‘La Jolla’ neighbourhood a play ground for the rich and wealthy (mainly white) residents who’s opinion and lobbyists have huge influence in city/state politics, etc. Houses here start from 2 million dollars and rise to 10… 20… 30…!?

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Mount Soledad offered amazing panoramic vistas over San Diego

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Ride over to Coronado island to visit the famous luxury hotel, one of the top 20 in the world! A rare example of the American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world! One of the three owners/developers – an E.S.Babcock – envisaged the hotel as something spectacular from the outset:

“It would be built around a court…a garden of tropical trees, shrubs and flowers,…. From the south end, the foyer should open to Glorietta Bay with verandas for rest and promenade. On the ocean corner, there should be a pavilion tower, and northward along the ocean, a colonnade, terraced in grass to the beach. The dining wing should project at an angle from the southeast corner of the court and be almost detached, to give full value to the view of the ocean, bay and city.”

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Expenditure $3.00

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