San Diego So We Go To Little Italy For Brunch (Page Two)
Little Italy is just a few blocks from the train station but this time we took the trolley cars. It was quite easy to buy a pass and then jump on/off the trolley when we needed to move.
Many delightful places to dine
San Diego Union Station is right in the middle of the city
Getting around San Diego is pretty easy!
Did You Know? - The San Diego Trolley (reporting mark SDTI) is a light rail system operating in the metropolitan area of San Diego. It is known colloquially as The Trolley. The Trolley's operator, San Diego Trolley, Inc. (SDTI), is a subsidiary of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS).
The Trolley began service on July 26, 1981, making it the oldest of the "second generation" light rail systems in the United States. The entire Trolley network serves 53 stations, and comprises 53.5 miles (86.1 km) of route, and three primary lines named the Blue Line, the Orange Line, and the Green Line, as well as a supplementary heritage streetcar downtown circulator known as the Silver Line that operates on select weekdays, weekends and holidays.
In Q4 2014, the Trolley was the 4th most-ridden light rail system in the United States, with an average of 119,800 riders per weekday.
In the train station they had the history of the Santa Fe station
Not a big change from today
The tiles date back many years
Did You Know? - The Santa Fe Depot (as it was originally designated) officially opened on March 8, 1915, to accommodate visitors to the Panama-California Exposition.
Here comes the trolley
In five minutes (or less) we arrive
It's almost Christmas!
Super dining experience
It was a pleasant day so we sat on the patio
Neat pictures... Somehow the artwork was bonded to the wooden palette
We had the same appetizer last time... And it was excellent
The Art Deco building that was on the Art Deco Society plans today...
The Star Of India
Our ship comes in!
From the ramp the view of the city was interesting
Nice ship... Great cruise announcer!
The bay is huge
Going South - U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier, U.S. Navy Surface Fleet, Coronado waterfront, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado (home of the Navy SEAL's) and the Coronado Bay Bridge.
It was a magnificent day for a cruise!
Several competitors were also out and about!
We went south first to visit the US Navy
Did You Know? - Naval Base San Diego is the principal home port of the Pacific Fleet, consisting of 46 Navy ships, one Coast Guard cutters, seven Military Sealift Command logistical support platforms, several research and auxiliary vessels.
Naval Base San Diego is home to 213 individual commands, each having specific and specialized fleet support purposes. Naval Base San Diego proper is comprised of over 1,600 land acres and 326 acres of water.
The base is also responsible for Commander, Navy Region Southwest and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest headquarters located downtown San Diego, Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park and Admiral Baker recreation and golf course located in Mission Valley.
Under the bridge
The US Navy has loads of ships "on display"
The bridge is very high to allow for the ships to go under
Repair and maintenance activities
The John Glenn can transport an entire ship!
Did You Know? - The Mobile Landing Platform is a new concept, part of the Maritime Prepositioning Force of the future. To control costs, the ships will not be built to combat vessel standards and are designed primarily to support three military hovercraft (such as the Landing Craft Air Cushion), vehicle staging with a sideport ramp and large mooring fenders. A decision was made to eliminate helicopter capability and ship-to-ship transfer of heavy equipment.
The base is right next to downtown!
An amazing 46 year run!
Going North - The San Diego skyline, Star of India and the iconic ships of the Maritime Museum, Harbor Island, Shelter Island and North Island Naval Air Station.
The seals love the bait tanks!
San Diego here we come
The white plastic sheeting protects the harbor from "dangerous" chemicals
Fly Navy... Always First Class
This ship is twice as long and ANY building in San Diego!
San Diego buildings are limited to 500 feet because of the airport
Heading in... Time for a cocktail and a sunset
Sunset At Anthony's Fish Grotto
Goodbye Sun... See you in the morning
The bay was smooth and the Sun was busy providing us a sunset
We walked back to the train... It was about four blocks and the weather was perfect
Checkout the Moon!
The Midway in Red-White-Blue
A beautiful sight
The trains come and go!
Our ride is ready, willing and able!
We are on our way!
As usual... Sharlene knows every name of every passenger!
Fresh silk flowers at our table... A touch of class!
We pulled up the "GPSSpeedo" applications on the iPhone
We were amazed at our speed!
Bill confirms the reading!
Wow.... We are really moving
We texted the picture to Joe and Amy... Check the reply at the bottom left!