How about a stroll through Little Italy? It’s one of my favorite San Diego neighborhoods with sidewalk cafes, tasteful high-rises and slightly funky boutiques. . . .
We parked near a little house with this banana tree growing in the yard:
I was so focused on the strange-looking “flower,” I missed the bananas! D’oh.
One of the boutiques had the best accessory sitting outside.
I love these old Citroën 2CVs. Yes, they’re probably like driving around in a tin can, but their lines are so nice, so French. Brings back wonderful memories of trips to Paris. I really like that the shades of yellow and black are echoed in the shop’s exterior.
Never mind that all the tires are flat. Maybe to thwart thieves? Never really noticed how tiny the wheels were before.
According to Wikipedia, many Italians moved to San Diego from San Francisco after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake in search of tuna and other deep-sea sport and commercial fish. After I-5 was built, 35% of Little Italy was destroyed, the tuna-fishing industry declined and the neighborhood was pretty much forgotten for thirty years. The Little Italy Association was created in 1996 and gentrification began.
Although many of the restaurants are Italian, there’s an English pub that’s supposed to have great fish ‘n’ chips. . . .
Happy Halloween, everyone.
Little Italy has an annual art walk with sidewalk chalk painters, but the artists work on materials that can be removed. Some are now displayed on the sides of buildings.
I’m now wondering how they keep the artwork from fading and deteriorating.
Part II on Friday. Hope your week’s going well so far. . . .