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My Favourite Destination, It HAS to Be La Jolla.

I’ll let you into a secret. Yes I would love to travel across the world and I have a great big list of places that I would love to go to, but if you told me that I could only travel to one place for the rest of my life (like the film Groundhog Day) then I would choose it without a second thought.

I love La Jolla. My family live in Del Mar, and I love taking the drove down the coastal road to the town, with the sea to my right and Torrey Pines State Reserve ahead of me. Roof down, sun out, this is my place. So La Jolla would win, hands down.

All three of my cousins now attend La Jolla Country Day, and they study so close to the beach that my little green eyed monster comes out every now and again. I studied near a train track, but that was about it!

So La Jolla is the place that makes me happy. I think I could live there forever; just sitting on the cliffs and watching the world go by. Poking around in the rock pools and watching the children splash in the water; watching the pelicans in their formations as they glide through the air, so delicately. My uncle once told me that pelicans only travel in prime numbers, something I knew to be a fib by the look on his face, but nonetheless when I see them coming I always count them.

My favourite thing is to walk down to the sea wall and walk out to sea; the wall doubles back around on a little beach where seals lay and bask in the sun. Its mesmerising and I could watch them for hours. I might be easily pleased, but there is something so serene about the place and I feel relaxed when I know I am on my way. And I always cry when I have to leave California. Don’t get me wrong, I like London but if I could never sit on the cliffs again I think a piece of me would be lost.

My grandfather used to visit my Great Auntie in California before she died, and they would always make their ritual trip to the The Crab Catcher. It’s a fantastic restaurant that looks out over the bay, and they serve lots of delicious fresh seafood, caught that day. The soft shell crab is their speciality, and it’s well worth a visit. It’s delicious.

If you are in the area and stuck for something to do then you won’t regret making the trip to La Jolla. If you like to scuba the waters are often still enough, but if you are like me and just seek a little respite from a busy day then walk a while till you reach the cliff tops, take a seat and relax there. The heat will warm your bones and the lapping of the sea against the rocks is a sound that can so nothing but to calm you. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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  1. I live in Northern California and, after one visit, my husband swears that we are going to move to La Jolla. It is gorgeous!

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    • listen to his wise words!!

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    • Same here! My husband is from San Diego and loves La Jolla best. Northern California (Chico) is beautiful, but we miss the beach terribly!

      @Laura: Are you still in southern California now?

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      • No sadly not I am back in the UK dreaming of my next trip. I try to get there once a year, but America limits my travels to the rest of the world. on the one hand I want Thailand to be my next hop, but on the other my family draw me back to SoCal time after time. Plus its pretty, there are seals and the shopping is immense :)

  2. Beautiful pics! I haven’t been to La Jolla since I was a teen. After reading your post, I think I’m due for another visit!

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  3. Great photos! I love the seals.

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  4. Love the photos! My youngest sister lives in San Francisco, we’ll plan a trip to La Jolla the next time we visit her. How close can one get to those seals?

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    • pretty close. you cant touch them and you have to be careful.. they cordon off areas of the beach so that you dont get too close and scare them, but its one of the most amazing things ever. these images were just taken with a digital camera, no fancy zoom lenses, so i hope this gives you a feel for it. and the waters are so blue…. i miss it and ive only been back a few months this time!

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  5. Oh my goodness, La Jolla is absolutely breathtaking. I was there with friends years ago and we stumbled across it quite by accident, then stopped for lunch there. I don’t know how you could ever be unhappy in a place like that . . . completely incredible. Your photos are lovely! Thanks for reminding me of my lovely day there!

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  6. Ahhhh!!! This takes me back to a very recent trip to San Diego!!!! <3

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous pictures! They’re wonderful! :)

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  8. I think I remember chancing upon La Jolla years before I moved back to the Philippines. But wow, those shots are amazing. I would definitely want to go back. :)

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  9. i love those shots of the seals

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