Yesterday was a lecture day in the morning! I had a great time with the Village Quilters at their monthly meeting, and joined them for lunch afterward for loads of visiting and getting-to-know-yous and loads of quilt-speak!
Get a table of 10 quilters together to share baskets of chips and salsa while waiting for meals to be served and there is no shortage of conversation. Such fun!
I’ve moved hotels from one side of town to the other, and when I was checking in, my good friend Jill walks in the door ready to take me on an adventure to somewhere I’d never been before….CORONADO!
Historic old hotels? I love them! And I heard rumors that this one is haunted, which just adds to the mystique. Doesn’t bother me! We aren’t staying, only visiting!
We found a place to park off hotel property, because parking on site will cost you $25.00. Not that there would have been a place to park anyway – we saw at LEAST 3 weddings in progress as sunset drew nearer!
When it opened in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado, affectionately known by locals and visitors alike as simply “The Del” ((Which literally translated means THE OF, but we won’t argue!)) was the largest resort hotel in the world. It has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities through the years. The hotel has been featured in numerous movies and books.
Hotel del Coronado, circa 1900
In 1958, director Billy Wilder chose The Del for the filming of Some Like It Hot, starring that timeless American legend, Marilyn Monroe.
Jill and I walked through the hotel, which was absolutely gorgeous, and continued our walk down to the shore to join the throngs of others enjoying this beautiful sunny Saturday in October.
Glancing back over my shoulder….Ahhhh!
Shoes off…ready to stroll the sand!
Fresh air, salty breezes, sunshine and long stretch of beach!
The Del behind us!
High rises down the shore to the south
Point Loma and the Naval Base restricted area off to the north….
It was just a great way to leisurely walk up the beach, catch up on things that have happened in the past few months since we’d seen each other last, and get in some exercise. Walking in sand is not as easy as it looks….it’s a workout of a different kind! My fit bit ended up clocking over 15,000 steps yesterday!
Hotel del Coronado in the back on our return hike!
We passed this beautiful wedding in progress on our way to the car, see the bride and groom front and center? Wishing you a happy life together, whoever you are!
I hope that bird didn’t do any dive bombing! Ha!
Walking back to our car past the piers --
Some are yachts ---
This is NOT! Haaaa!
But you can rent a BBQ donut and go grill out on the water – just watch for sharks!
California -- where sweet flowers bloom – ALL YEAR ROUND.
Visions Art Museum!
From Coronado we made a bee-line to Visions Art Museum where the gala opening of “The Sky’s the Limit” exhibit was going on. If you like fiber art and abstract quilts, come see this exhibit. My friend Kevin Womack, who lives in Virginia, just a couple hours north of me happened to be here in San Diego as his collaborative work was being exhibited in this show! Fabulous artist, terrific friend and all around fun guy. So great to see you, Kevin!
I haven’t seen Kevin for a couple of years because my schedule has been crazy and I just don’t get up to that part of Virginia that often – so when he said he was in town we made plans to go see him!
Speaking of “Some Like it Hot….”
The a/c must have been broken or something because this gallery was packed with quilt-peepers and it was ROASTING inside. Hopefully they will have that fixed shortly! But the quilts were definitely worth seeing. Loads of color inspiration and I so appreciate the work of others – the entries are global, and it is a BIG DEAL to be juried into this show, so my congrats to all the entrants!
And our day wasn’t over yet….we headed over to Balboa park – too late and too dark for taking photos by this time for a quick dessert at Prado.
I was back to my hotel, in jammies and asleep by 9:30pm. Yes, I’m still fighting the time change thing, I was up again this morning at 4:30am.
Oh well, I got in my 7.5 hours sleep! I’m wide awake!
Me and Jill!
Thanks for coming to spend the afternoon and evening with me Jill!
Today we get a bit later of a start – Love Shack class starts at 11am at Paradise Sewing in Poway. we’ll go until 5pm!
Just another sunny day in Southern California, hanging out with my fave peeps in the world – Quilters!