The sunsets at the Hotel Del, well…..they’re just swell! What more can I say. It’s just swell at the Hotel Del!
By the way, the Hotel Del in Coronado is just about a ten minute drive from downtown San Diego. Did you know that Coronado is an island that is accessible by crossing the beautiful Coronado Bay Bridge? Now you know that, you just have to make your way there.
So, I told you it’s swell at the Hotel Del………and that’s just the sunsets!
Have I told you it’s swell at the Hotel Del?
Well, it’s so swell it makes me want to yell.
I have to go there again and again
You won’t know what it’s like until you’ve been.
Oh, the Hotel Del……it’s so swell.
My attempt at a little poem again. I hope you liked it. Well, what do you think I like about the Hotel Del? I like everything! What is there not to like? It’s kind of like my passion for London, I have to go back again and again. Well, I think I have the same dilemma with the Hotel Del. I am addicted. It’s just what the doctor would order, and when I go there I feel completely revived, reenergized and rejuvenated, not to mention relaxed.
Try it and you’ll surely like it. Well, first you need some pictures.
This weekend, there was the added bonus of a fantastic sandcastle – just look at it! What a piece of art – so many people were taking pictures of it.
The Del has everything. Do you know it overlooks the ocean, and also has beautiful swimming pools too?
There are so many restaurants and shops at The Del, and so many places to sit outside and people watch just as in the picture above. Did you know movies have been made here, and Presidents have stayed here as well as other celebrities. Why would they not? It’s swell at the Hotel Del.
Well, June is nearly over, and I’ve had a hectic month. I hope you are all enjoying your summer. Let the summer fun begin, and what better than to bring you some of my personal picks (and pics) of San Diego:
1) Balboa Park – this place is full of spectacular and breathtaking sights – just look – this photographer really wants to take a picture of the Botanical Building, but he really should be taking it of the bride
Well, it wasn’t fair to her that she wasn’t in the picture, so I took one myself!
2) San Diego Zoo – world famous and definitely worth your time and money!
My little girl has been going here since she was ever so little and the orangutans did not frighten her away!
3) The Hotel Del – it’s ever so swell!
From any angle, east to west, north to south – it’s perfect!
4) Horton Plaza – most beautiful and the best shopping mall ever!
5) SeaPort Village – a great tourist attraction – don’t miss it!
6) La Jolla Cove – ever so scenic and serene!
Even the birds love it!
7) Carlsbad – The Flower Fields and Legoland
Well, you can’t always visit The Flower Fields, just in March and April of each year, but me and Chandi absolutely love to go there, in fact she insists!
Well, these 7 picks were quick, but don’t be quick when visiting them, take your time and allow at least a day for each one, be sure to remember I gave you that bit of advice!
Have you ever made a mistake and regretted messing with something that you don’t know much about? Well, I just did that recently, and I have been quite shocked that I could not fix it. Oh well, I need to stop “crying” about it. As my 16 year old daughter would say “it’s a first world problem”. There’s many more real problems out there such as the horrible and devastating typhoon that just hit the Phillipines. My problem is not a real problem at all when you put it into perspective, after all….why do I even have a blog I sometimes ask myself.
I have toyed around with the idea of changing my online name to “luchanik”. On Pinterest I am known as luchanik. Now, I will change my name on Twitter to luchanik instead of @luchaniktravel and I might even do away with that particular account. Now that I am not involved in travel anymore, I have stopped tweeting on that account and only go on it to post my new posts whether they are videos or WordPress posts. By the way, all my links don’t link back properly. It’s hard to explain. I pointed my domain www.luchaniktravel.com to www.luchanik.wordpress.com and this at least solved some of my problems, but how do I get past this particular issue – let’s just say it has to do with Pinterest again. Okay, to give you an example, let’s just point to one of my pictures on there – it’s one I took in Vegas. Okay, so far so good, but now when you see that the picture stemmed from one of my WordPress posts, do you see where it says visit http://www.luchaniktravel.wordpress.com and if you click on it, it then brings up an awful page wherein when pressed, it says “luchaniktravel.wordpress.com is no longer available – the authors have deleted this site”. However, if you didn’t know about my problem and I had just told you about my blog url change, you would have seen all my content – it’s still here, and you wouldn’t realize there’s some other underlying problems – yes, it’s like I wiped out all my content and everything I did before, and have started anew with a new blog url but with all the content listed – I just don’t have anything from before pointing to the old url’s properly. As I said, it’s hard to describe.
As my daughter would say, this is a first world problem, or more accurately described as not a real problem compared to “real problems” so I can’t cry about it, and won’t cry about it. After all, I even said on my About Luchanik page previously that I might change my name. I took the step, and even though I didn’t think before I did it or didn’t realize that it wouldn’t work out quite the way I wanted it to, or that I couldn’t press the “undo” button – it’s done now, and I’m going to live with it. I will just go on Twitter and post my links again, this time they will have luchanik.com infront of them instead of luchaniktravel in front of the post.
The night when I changed my blog url and realized the big mess that I had created – I stayed up until 2:30 am and needless to say, I was like a “zombie” that morning at work – it would have been more fitting it was Halloween, but it was a few days after Halloween. I did not immediately publicize my new blog url as I sometimes still wonder do I really want to do this, and then I say – why not? It’s all about the creativity, and about a hobby or passion. I still love travel and I love photography. Anyway, I think this name will fit me better, it’s still a name I care about – “luchanik” consists of the names of my three kids, but since I’m not a travel agent any more, I don’t need the travel part on the url. All I can say is, if you want to change your blog url, think carefully about it, and prepare to be up late and for things to not work out exactly the way you want them to. However, I wish you better luck than I had.
You know I can’t blog without pictures, so here’s some to take my mind off things and away from my non-existent problems
As Dorothy says in the Wizard of Oz: “there’s no place like home”, I say the “Hotel Del – it’s so swell”. Talk to you all soon, have a terrific November!
This is a first for me – to have my picture be selected in a contest – I am so excited! Granted, mine was not the best picture, but my picture made it as one of the top ten!
I entered a competition that Get Away San Diego posted on their Facebook page, just out of curiousity. My picture shown above of the sunset near the Hotel Del in Coronado is the reason I just had to write today! My photo will be published in the next edition of Get Away San Diego . I don’t think my picture is as good as the other nine that made it into the top ten, but all ten will be shown in the next issue. However, since this is the first time for me that I have won such a contest, I am ecstatic! If it’s good enough to be chosen, it’s good enough to be happy about.
If you want to see the other pictures in Get Away San Diego’s Album, you can take a look right here Get Away San Diego’s Photo Contest Winners.
My whole family loves the Hotel Del, and Coronado. Here is my little Chandi on the beach at Hotel Del.
So for anyone who wants to wine a bit, I have a picture for you – it’s also taken in Coronado.
And for all those who would love to see what’s so great about the Hotel Del, here’s some more pictures.
Marilyn Monroe shot one of her movies here “Some Like It Hot”, and this tree is famous partly because of that movie, and Marilyn Monroe.
People love to visit the Hotel Del, and many weddings and parties take place here.
The grounds of this hotel are absolutely stunning! Do you know you can spend an entire day here, and not be bored? There’s the beach, restaurants galore, tennis, a swimming pool and of course shops, and the hotel lobby to look at.
Of course, my little Princess belongs here, that’s why I like to bring her time and time again!
Don’t forget that Coronado is just a 15 to 20 minute drive from downtown San Diego, or just a boat ride across – here are some useful tips on how to get around.
I may have said this before, but the Hotel Del is swell! I am so glad that one of my pictures is going to be published, and I’m glad that it was taken in beautiful Coronado.
On another note:
Lately, I have also been toying with another idea….to enter one of my videos into a competition or to make a new one – perhaps of San Diego. I decided to not enter the competition or attempt making a new video for it, because I can’t go away for 6 months and leave my kids, neither can I take them with me (two of them can’t take six months away from school, and it wouldn’t be fair to take just the youngest one) – so this kind of competition is not meant for me. Want to know which competition I am referring to? It’s this one: http://www.mydestination.com/bbb/competition#faq1 and if you want to know who has my full support in this particular competition, it’s Lesley Carter from Bucket List Publications: http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/if-you-could-make-someones-bucket-list-dreams-a-reality-would-you/
Sunsets can be spectacular in San Diego, and Coronado which is only a two mile drive or so from downtown San Diego is no exception. Some of the best sunsets can be found right here.
Me and the kids went to one of our favorite places in the San Diego area – across the Bay – and onto the island of Coronado. Coronado is only a 5 minute drive or so from downtown San Diego – you head down Highway 5 and take the 75 South to Coronado, then when you see Orange Avenue, make a left and you can head to the Hotel Del.
I think this picture below would have come out nice if the car hadn’t got in the way, but I think the passengers wanted to see the sunset too. I can’t blame them.
I think the sunset looks pretty like this too
Most of these pictures were taken right before we got to Hotel Del (just a few minutes walk away), and some further down the page were taken at the beach in front of the hotel.
I think these two trees below might be the same ones that were in my personal favorite sunset picture that I took in Coronado (seen below the one directly underneath)
My favorite sunset picture taken just over a year ago on Christmas Day (2011)
The Hotel Del is swell! It’s a great place to visit, or even stay at (I stayed there once for three nights in 2008). Top your visit off with some gelato from Mootime Creamery, their wonderful ice-cream store.
Well, I will leave you with a few more sunset pictures, this one was taken right in front of the Hotel Del
This is on the way to the Hotel Del, just a few minutes walk away right now.
This picture was taken right in front of the Hotel Del
The clouds were even a little black today, we’ve had quite a bit of rain the past few weeks.
There’s nothing like bringing in the New Year in with sunsets, and that’s just what we did this year – that’s when these pictures were taken (except for the Christmas Day, 2011 picture). Remember, to get to Coronado from San Diego is not very hard at all. It’s just a two mile drive or so from downtown, across the Coronado Bridge.
To get this view of the San Diego skyline (seen below), all you do is go across the Coronado Bridge and make a right at Orange Avenue, you would then make another right, and park on your left hand side where the shops are and where the Il Fornaio restaurant is. Some of the hotels seen in the San Diego skyline are the Hyatt Grand Manchester, the Marriott Marquis & Marina and the Hilton BayFront (I’ve also stayed at all these hotels). Please feel free to get in touch with me for making hotel reservations, or recommendations. As you can see, these hotels are fairly close to Coronado, and should definitely be on your list of hotels to consider staying at when you come to San Diego. You will have the best of both worlds – be close to Coronado and still be close to all the other fabulous attractions near these hotels, such as Seaport Village, the Gaslamp District, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and shopping at one of the most gorgeous shopping malls in the entire world – at Horton Plaza. Please see my previous post: Scenic San Diego.
By the way, I wish you all a Happy New Year, and I’m so sorry for not writing as frequently, time is in short supply….but I will try harder. May the New Year bring you plenty of spectacular sunsets, and much happiness.
I have decided to start a page where I will add my favorite pictures of San Diego from time to time. It’s no secret that San Diego is one of the best places to live in the world – it’s a tropical paradise with palm trees, the ocean, Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds, and so many beautiful places to visit. On this page you will find from time to time new additions (might be old pictures or new ones). Of course, my favorite place in the San Diego area is the Hotel Del in Coronado.
If you don’t live in the San Diego area, but would like to visit, please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to recommend or book a hotel for you, and to recommend local attractions as well as restaurants.
Cornonado, and the Hotel Del (a must see in San Diego). Marilyn Monroe shot one of her movies here, and many famous people have stayed here, as well as Presidents.
The swimming pool at the Hotel Del
It’s so tropical at the Hotel Del
Some pictures taken at the San Diego Zoo on December 18, 2011.
These are my three kids at the Zoo last Christmas in 2011.
Cultural Arts Performance at Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, in La Jolla on December 9, 2011
Hungry for pastries? Try Champagne Bakery in Del Mar – love their Napoleons, and Jesuite pastries.
You don’t have to go to Las Vegas to find casino’s – we have plenty of them here in San Diego. Sycuan is only 35 minutes away.
Great place to visit for the day is the Flower Fields which is in Carlsbad, close to Legoland:
Balboa Park, December, 2011
Spreckels Pavilion – the scene of the amazing Holiday Tree that opens up to display a nativity scene that is inside the tree. This tree is magical, and changes colors!
We have the wonderful Race Track, which has a Grand Opening Day every year which draws thousands of people from all over the country. There is a hats contest, and a big celebration feel to the day. Opening Day this year is scheduled to be July 18, 2012.
Another one of my favorite hotels in San Diego is the Manchester Grand Hyatt. This overlooks the San Diego Bay, and is a stunning hotel
Even though I live here now, I am still a tourist in San Diego – it is a very beautiful place.
Please note, these following links are the additions that I was referring to in the post, where you will see more of my pictures of San Diego: Incredible San Diego – La Jolla and Some Places You’ll Want To Escape To