Friday, June 26, 2009

Back to Reality

We've just returned from a lovely trip to this gorgeous place:

Where we spent a lot of time enjoying this:

and this:

Shawn and I decided to go to San Diego to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. We originally wanted to stay at Pacific Terrace, where we enjoyed our first anniversary, but it was a bit out of our price range. While searching for other options, I found a good deal at this hotel, La Valencia in La Jolla. We were pretty happy with the pictures and the description of this 1920's Spanish Colonial built on a hill with great views of the ocean, so we booked it. It was definitely a good choice and we quite enjoyed our stay. Here's the hotel:

Our room was on the 11th floor, you can see it in this next picture. It's the room on the top right with the window partially open. I love being on the top floor, it's usually quieter and you generally get pretty nice views.

Here's the view from one of our windows:

The other window faced the village and the mountain, but we also had a nice view of the nest of baby seagulls. They were awfully cute and serenaded us in the mornings.

We spent our mornings and one afternoon here, sitting by the pool and looking out at the ocean.

La Jolla is beautiful and we spent a lot of time walking the cliffs by the water, where there's a nice mix of sand, surf, rocks, grass and flowers.

We saw quite a bit of wild life, including tons of seals and some dolphins. We got massages, enjoyed some of the best food we've ever eaten, went to the Aquarium and got lots of rest and relaxation. Shawn was so happy he even smiled in a picture:

We had a lovely time and were lucky to have such a wonderful four days together.


Andrea June 27, 2009 at 6:59 AM  

Happy Anniversary!! That looks like a wonderful time (so beautiful!!) to re-connect and re-charge. Happy Weekend!

Sharie June 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM  

Looks like you had a wonderful time - San Diego is one of our favorite places to go, too. Happy Anniversary to you and your honey!

Kelly June 27, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

Gorgeous pics. Glad you enjoyed your time away xxx

Michele H. June 27, 2009 at 10:41 PM  

Happy Anniversary! Those photos are just gorgeous! Love that last one:)

Michelle June 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM  

So glad you and Shawn had such a wonderful time in San Diego...looks so peaceful and relaxing...ah the beauty of the ocean!

Ally June 29, 2009 at 6:25 PM  

Oh - you took some FABULOUS pictures! Can't wait to see 'em scrapped!

Zorina June 30, 2009 at 10:23 PM  

YAY! for Anniversaries and vacations. Perfect pictures...well, coming from a Cali gal...gorgeous! We keep coming back to SD and never gets tired of it! La Jolla shopping is great, too.

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