Saturday, September 12, 2015

Day 28 (12 September 2015)

This large statue is located in a park next to USS Midway, San Diego, California,

Not far from the USS Midway - the cafe where they did a scene from the film "Top Gun". Tom Cruise serenading his leading lady in the bar.

View of busy San Diego from the long Coronado Bridge.

Hotel Del Coronado - once the largest hotel in the world. On Coronado Island, San Diego, California. 

Apparently, according to our guide these are Navy SEALS in training near their Navy Base on Coronado Island, San Diego, California.

Crossing the Coronado Bridge back to San Diego Downtown - one of the many USN vessel in port.

Inside Balboa Park, San Diego, California.

Inside the Botanical Gardens, Balboa Park, San Diego - beautiful orchids.

The Botanical Garden building inside Balboa Park, San Diego, California.

A closer view of the Botanical Garden building inside Balboa Park, San Diego, California.

The Globe Theatre inside Balboa Park, San Diego. A replica of the real London theatre.

One of the many fine architecture buildings inside Balboa Park, San Diego, California.

The Veteran's Memorial Cross on Mount Soledad, San Diego - many photos of past US servicemen are displayed around the location.

One of the servicemen who served in WWII on the Mount Soledad Memorial Cross, San Diego - Glenn Miller!!!!

On top of Mount Soledad, - The Veterans Memorial Cross, San Diego, California.

At La Jolla - the beach side coast north of San Diego, California.

Smelly seals at La Jolla north of San Diego, California.

Parade time at Old Town, San Diego, California.

Apparently the most haunted house in the US - The Whaley House in Old Town, San Diego, California.

Stern end of the USS Midway - now a museum in San Diego harbour.

One of the many ejection seats used during the cold war located in the ship's hanger deck USS Midway, San Diego.

A F14 Tomcat on the flight deck, USS Midway, San Diego.

A Navy Phantom aircraft on the USS Midway flight deck.

Check out the heavy HE stuff on the USS Midway, San Diego.

The USS Midway's island - this aircraft carrier was once the largest vessel afloat between 1946 to 1955.

View of Coronado Bridge from the flight deck on USS Midway, San Diego.

Looking towards the bow of the USS Midway in San Diego, California.

Surprise surprise!!! An old cold war USSR submarine on display in San Diego harbour.

We were collected from our hotel at 0830 this morning and our guide was Frank. He was great in taking us around San Diego showing all the sites that we didn't know. Throughout the morning he gave us time in Balboa Park and drove us around the rich people's homes on Coranado Island, Continued on to the National Veteran's Memorial on Mount Soledad where thousands of photos of past servicemen are on display - including Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, James Stewart and Glenn Miller. He then drove us to Mission Beach and the Old San Diego Town (the first settlement of San Diego many centuries ago). After returning us to Downtown San Diego we had tickets to tour the post WWII USS Midway. It is now a museum in San Diego harbour and has Korean,Vietnam aircraft on display. All of us had a go at a WWII "Corsair" simulator to satisfy our ambition to become a pilot. No enemy planes were destroyed but many barrel rolls were felt. We had dinner in Anthony's Seafood Grotto on the harbour and after a long day of touring returned to our accommodation for a good rest. Tomorrow we drive the short distance to Los Angeles - our starting city four weeks ago. Being a Sunday tomorrow we expect the traffic will be congested. We will take the coast road and once in LA we need to collect our keys to our Hollywood Apartment mid-afternoon. So until then cheers.