Day 35 - Tijuana - Mexico
Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
38Trip End Nov 19, 2012
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Might of given mum a day off walking yesterday but definately made her make up for that today. This morning we walked along the San Diego bay foreshore. We saw the Star of India, which is the oldest iron hulled merchant ship still afloat, first launched in 1863.
We also saw the USS Midway, the longest serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. It was commission in the 1942 and only decommissioned in 1992. I had absolutely no idea how large these aircraft carriers were, and I suspect the pics won't accurately show it either. There would have been over 20 planes on the to deck - phenomenally large.
From there we took a quick ferry trip over to Coronado Island to see the stunning Hotel Del Coronado which sits right on Coronado beach (voted the best beach in the USA this year)
The Hotel Del Coronado was established in 1888 and attracted many well to do visitors to the area. Aside from playing host to 11 US presidents, it was also a favoured, close enough to the studios without breaking the 2 hour contract term, hangout for the movie stars. Just to name a few Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Errol Flynn, Carey Grant, Goldie Hawn, Jodi Foster and Jack Nicholson have been among the 1000s of famous guests over the years. Another hollywood claim to fame is that "Some like it hot" was filmed here in 1958, and you can easily recognise it from that (well I can anyway, I've seen that movie quite a few times).
And if all that wasn't enough already we then headed to Tijuana for the afternoon of jewellery buying. It was great, sure it's a bit run down but the merchants there are lovely and lots of fun. They try to haggle you into a sale, but their attitudes are so fun that it doesn't feel pushy. I'm not much of a haggler, but that didn't seem to make much of a difference, if you hesitate for a moment and look like you're going to walk away the price comes down without you even saying anything, and the more undecided you look the more the price comes down until you can no longer resist.
It's interesting to come back across the border. We were quite lucky and it only took us about half an hour or so, but sometimes it can take hours.