Ciudad Vieja del San Diego: Parte Uno~

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I was born in San Diego.
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It is a cultural crossroad, the most southwestern US city that shares a border with Mexico.
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The phenomenal artistic influence of Mexico is everywhere, which is probably why I so love the creative use of vibrant color.
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Mexicans owned this territory, long before we ever got here, and before we subsequently declared many of them “illegal immigrants”.
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Old Town in San Diego celebrates Mexican art, food, and culture.
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It preserves many of the area’s original adobe ranchos, as well as the old pioneer homesteads, which I will show you in the next post.
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Cheers to you from San Diego’s vibrant multi-cultural crossroads.

179 thoughts on “Ciudad Vieja del San Diego: Parte Uno~

  1. I have always loved the vivacious rainbow of color in mexican weavings and cloth, Cindy…., and the ceramic tiles on the stair risers. I did a courtyard in red brick and ceramics when we lived in Florida. That’s another story.
    He acabado la primera serie de clases en la reactivaciรณn de mis habilidades espaรฑolas latentes. Tomรณ el curso sรณlo para algo constructivo que hacer. Han realmente no se utiliza el idioma por mรกs de 30 aรฑos y estoy muy, muy oxidado en ella !!! Buenas noches ahora Cuz. Un gran abrazo!

  2. I went to California for the first time a couple of years ago. Started out in LA and I was disappointed. Not sure what I was expecting but was feeling very homesick and thankful for all the space I have in Canada. Moved on to Anaheim and then San Diego. WOW did San Diego ever make up for any disappointment I had. It’s all around the best city I have ever visited and the only city I would ever consider leaving my country for (only in the winters of course, I’m a Canuck to the core lol). So many things to do and see but I especially loved Old Town and was regretting I didn’t book my whole vacation in San Diego. Great pics, love them all!

    1. Well, if you come again, please tell me and I can help you with ideas. I love travel planning!
      As far as Canada, I wanted to move to the Sunshine Coast for retirement but was out voted. If I was really wealthy, I would have a summer home there and a winter home at The Holler. I love Canada~

    1. I know you do Wally and I am sure you are missing gorgeous Puerto Rico. I want to take my kids. Happy TG to you and your family Wally. We have spent about three TG’s together now! I treasure our friendship~ <3

      1. Hi Cindy,
        And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family also. Three years! Time does fly.
        I always look forward to seeing a post from you also. You have a good eye for capturing things and give nice concise descriptions of each photo.
        But most of all you take the time to comment and answer comments. (Wish I knew how to make one of those heart icons but this will have to do; “HEART”

  3. Wow! I’m with you Cindy. I do love color myself. Your tiled steps, and the photo directly below it are my two favorites, but these are all fun and spectacular. You done good! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the share.

    1. Definitely spend a full day at Old Town. There is a visitors info office there to get you oriented. It is walkers paradise. Definitely eat in one of the Mexican Restaurants, explore the original old adobe rancho, and the nearby museum, walk across the street to Heritage Park and browse the old Victorians. Have fun in the shops. Follow the map walking through the historic buildings.
      Also, Spanish Village in Balboa Park is charming for an afternoon visit after you have explored the park. It is a browers artist colony.
      Chicano Park is impressive to see. Check out:
      http://cindyknoke.com/tag/chicano-park-murals/
      Basically you will see the influence of Mexico in San Diego mixed in where ever you go. Enjoy!

  4. Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    Thank you Cindy! As always your ability of capturing the vivid colours and patterns, and the locus genii of a place on film is spectacular.

    Where I live was also long ago part of the Aztlan Empire, and we have a lot of influences and people from there-even though we are not so close to the border. Something about subtropical climate and vivid, creative colours seem designed to go together.

  5. These are wonderful, colorful photos Cindy. I’ve always been a sucker for Latin American ceramics, and have always wished I lived in a house where I could use them in my decorating. ~James

  6. What a gorgeous place! I’ve always wanted to visit San Diego, and I should have realized there would be a huge Mexican influence.
    This is quite a neat surprise, as well. I was just checking out the links from my newest Art Gowns post to make sure they work. I’ll be posting tomorrow, as I thought I’d give myself Thanksgiving to polish it up.
    So, I’m excited for tomorrow, and more importantly:
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Cindy! <3

    1. Ooooh now I have two things to really look forward too, your gown release tomorrow AND your visit to San Diego. You must tell me when you visit as I volunteer to be your tour guide for at least one day. We can go to places less visited. What fun and I can’t wait for the gown! Drop me an email if you can to alert me to the release!

  7. I love this, Cindy. I live in an area with a large Hispanic community and I can vouch for their love of vibrant colors. And that color spreads to their food, music and dispositions. Beautiful photos!

  8. We have visited there last year. I was so overwhelmed, didn’t where to start taking pics. I love your beautiful and colorful photos; they tell the unique culture and its history ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, Cindy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes! I know exactly what you mean. For me the only way to process the intensity of textures and colors is to examine it at my leisure in a close up photo. Otherwise it overwhelms me too~

  9. A touch of home north of the border. It is one of the beautiful aspects of the Mexican culture, their love of color, it is a genetic disposition that spills into the cobblestone streets and adorns their lives. And you don’t even have to life here, your photographs reach everywhere.

  10. All of these photographs show heritage and interesting colors, details and meanings. I studied them before, but didn’t take the time to comment. I enjoyed this post so much!

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