Nov 10, 2013

Old Town, San Diego

Old Town is a state owned Historic Park and is considered the birthplace of California. Located just off highway I 5 ( exit Old Town ), sign boards guide you to the park. The address is 4010 Twiggs St and the intersection is San Diego Ave. We found free parking just opposite the Old Town sign board behind the Immaculate Conception Church. Parking is limited.

The Market place has tons of stuff to buy, restaurants, a leather Depot, Toby's candle soap shop. Visit the many museums and experience Old Town during yester years.

History of the town: For more information on Old Town please check this link which has interesting facts and informationhttp://www.oldtownsandiego.org/history/52.html

Here is an excerpt from the above website: "The earliest indications of people living in San Diego date back 9,000 years. They called themselves Kumeyaay. With the arrival of the Spanish settlements in 1769, many Kumeyaay retreated to the hills." Learn about life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.  Even today, life moves more slowly in this part of San Diego, where the hustle and bustle is balanced with history and fiestas. Visitors are offered a glimpse into yesteryear, as converging cultures transformed San Diego from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement.  The core of restored original historic buildings from the interpretive period are complemented by reconstructed sites, along with early twentieth century buildings designed in the same mode.  The Historic Plaza remains a gathering place for community events and historic activity. Five original adobe buildings are part of the historic park, which includes museums, unique retail shops, and several restaurants."

Sharing some pictures from our visit here.

Entrance to Old Town Market

Leather store

One of the restaurants in the town

Stage Coach

Mexican architecture

Onne of the curio stores

Mexican wind chimes

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