April 6, 2009

Old Town and a giveaway


This past Saturday, my husband and I went to Old Town San Diego for his birthday. We are both from San Diego (from 6th grade and on for me) and though we haven't lived there for the past 7 years, we still call it home.


I love historical buildings. You could almost say I crave them! Maybe it's because I'm a native Californian, which unlike New England, California doesn't have that many relatively old buildings in comparison. I remember when my husband and I were going to move to Boston, a property manager was showing us several rentals. We were puzzled and concerned as to why the floors of a second story apartment were sloping and warped. The manager said "It was an old Captains quarters built in the 1700's. It's a piece of history." With big half dollar sized eyes we were like "WOW! The 1700's." As far as we knew, we'd never been in a building older than the 1950's. From that point on we started taking pictures of everything as though we were sight seeing and not apartment hunting. Everything is "history" there. However, if I am going to pay that high of a rent, I don't want to have to hold a rope when I cross from one side of the living room to another =)


La Casa de Estudillo 1827

And....


the birthday man. He is lovely to look at =)


I never thought I'd write this, but doesn't that snail look cute hiding in the flower?


A succulent? Whatever it is... I like it.
And that concludes my Saturday in Old Town.

On a completely different note. My friend Gloria who has an Etsy store called Goya Designs, is having her first blog giveaway (link). She is giving away a set of beautifully handmade beads. If you like birds then you'll love these beads. Good luck!

Jamie

9 comments:

Melanie O said...

What a beautiful place! I have to say, I've been reading your blog for awhile now and you seem to be such a happy person with such a wonderful family - it's a pleasure to know you through blog-land!

Pretty Ditty said...

Melanie - Your comment made me smile =). Thank you very much.

Natasha said...

I've been following your blog for awhile now but when I saw the Old Town post I had to comment. We started taking vacations to Old Town about 10 years ago and LOVED it. We now live only minutes away and can visit anytime we want! My son and my favorite place to go is the old fashioned candy store, can't remember the name. So great to see that I'm not the only one gaga for Old Town!

GoyaDesigns said...

Thanks Girl for linking my give away. I hope you join too.

Pretty Ditty said...

Natasha - How wonderful that you now live there. I love to breath in the fresh ocean air in S.D.

I haven't been to the candy store yet. My favorite place is The Old Town Mexican Cafe. Love the homemade tortillas.

Anonymous said...

Very nice pics!
Valérie

lucky knitter said...

Maybe someday I'll get to visit Old Town. It looks beautiful!

Jacqueline said...

Such a beautiful place! Thank you for taking us with you! Oh and happy belated birthday to your man! have a lovely merry happy day and love to you and yours!

Ella, Iowa said...

I lOVE your blog. It tickles my creative side and makes me want to make something beautiful. Yeah!!!Never been to San Diego. My hubby has been though and he absolutely loved it. We're in Iowa but we are originally from the Netherlands. And I love old buildings! When you live In europe you take historical stuff for granted, the older the stuffier it gets. But now we have lived here for a couple of years I really respect history!