Friday Flashback #028 …

A dramatic shot of some tiles dodging the sunlight through some palm trees in Little Italy. I love this section of San Diego, in easy walking distance from my workplace downtown. I sometimes “escape” there for lunch at one of my favorite places and maybe take a few minutes to roam through the art supply store too, even though I don’t count myself as much of an artist anymore. I wouldn’t mind living in Little Italy if I was maybe a couple of decades younger, but it’s a little bit too loud and busy for me these days, so an hour-long lunch is just enough, thank you very much.

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Friday Flashback #027 …

Back to San Diego and my new hometown of Coronado. I’m coming up on a year (already!) of living here and my love for this small town style of life (adjacent to a big city) has only grown. I took a walk up into the village the other day and it was one of those times that inspired that “I still can’t believe I live here” feeling. I’m so glad I took the plunge and changed my life. Above is the world-famous Hotel del Coronado at Christmas time. Yes, I know it’s not “seasonally-appropriate,” but living here is like Christmas most days anyway, at least for me.

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Friday Flashback #026 …

Oh, boy, do I have England on my mind. I wasn’t going to visit this year (I was going to wait until 2020 to go again), having “just” been there at the end of 2016, but I decided to throw away my caution and throw open the barn doors and go for 3 whole weeks this fall. That’s the longest vacation I’ve ever taken, unless you count about a year of being unemployed as “vacation-time.” I’ll be visiting Leeds (leaving from the beautiful Kings Cross train station pictured above), York, the bookstore town of Hay-on-Wye in Wales, the seaside resort Brighton, and then a week in my beloved London to finish off the trip. I can’t hardly wait and though I know it’ll be here sooner than I think, it’s not getting here fast enough at this point!

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Friday Flashback #025 …

While I have a number of trips planned this summer and fall, I’m kind of #sad that I won’t be making my yearly pilgrimage to New York City, a city I’ve visited–with an occasional year off–since 1971. I particularly like going in the fall when it’s “book season.” This rainy shot was taken last November in Times Square (in case you couldn’t tell), and to be honest … November was way too cold for me (and I caught the flu, too). So not this year, Big Apple … but soon, I promise, soon.

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Friday Flashback #024 …

Ah, Seattle. I love you best of the northwestern cities I visit. With a vibrant downtown and nearby Capitol Hill (with a great bookstore, Elliott Bay Books), I could sit and look at the Pike Place Market sign forever and a day. That’s always part of my wanderlust: Sitting in a particular place in a city I love and just watching the world go by. Seattle is a great spot to do that, and I’m going to visit again later this summer.

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Friday Flashback #023 …

Alas, the poor snowglobe. Once the go-to souvenir for many travelers, it’s now banned in carry-on luggage on planes. So let us instead celebrate San Francisco, the city in which these kitschy wonders were photographed. By the time you read this I may–or may not, depending on work obligations–be there once again, roaming the city’s (and nearby Berkeley) bookstores, eating at some of my favorite restaurants, and just walking my feet off all over hill and … well, hill. No dales. Just hills. I love San Francisco, and while I wasn’t going to visit this year, I decided to take a little birthday jaunt anyway. I mean, you’re only 31.5 (x2) once, right?

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Friday Flashback #022 …

Back to San Diego and the wonderful area known as Liberty Station once again. Here’s an old-fashioned postcard type billboard for the US Naval Training Center that used to take up most of this development site near the San Diego International Airport. Shopping, restaurants, a vibrant arts district, a movie theater, and a lot of great open walking and recreational spaces highlight Liberty Station, including the Liberty Public Market. It’s a great place to roam and eat and sit and people-watch on a lazy Sunday, or any other day of the week for that matter.

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