Thursday, June 4, 2009

Little Italy

A few weeks ago I took a day trip with my parents and their friends to Little Italy, San Diego - an unexplored place in a familiar city.
We rode by train. Down the coast to Union Station, where we met with colored tile, old radiators, window panes and light through a Spanish arcade.
It was sunny and blue enough for a new summer dress. Pink and white stripes and lots of fabric in the skirt - to my detriment with wind gusts off the nearby harbor.
We strolled through the late morning's street market and bought daisies for two dollars a bunch.
The afternoon we filled with lunch and a tour; painted ceilings and stained glass, chocolate gelato, neighborhood history and being tourists in our own backyard.
With the end of the day, mom and I explored two more blocks plus a coffee shop, rejoining the others on the 7 o'clock train for all points north.

56 comments:

Julie Ann said...

Very picturesque. :) Thank you for sharing Little Italy. My cousins live in San Diego. I was there last August 2008. Maybe I could visit it someday soon. I would love to see it! :) Glad you enjoyed your 'Italian adventure'.

Polly R said...

This is such a beautiful post! What a wonderful trip.
I love your little scrapbook pages. Your photographs are stunning. And that dress is very pretty!
Polly xxx

Pilli Pilli Handmade said...

Looks wonderful!!!
Beautiful pictures... as usual!

Best wishes, e Tante Belle Cose
(From Big Italy)
K.
PilliPilli Handmade

Merissa said...

What a LOVELY post! I am instantly drawn to your pretty pictures layed out on your torn paper background with the masking tape, coffee cup ring stains, and labels. What a brilliant way of blogging with photos! L-O-V-E IT!!!!
Your blog is AWESOME! I got here by way of decor8 and I think I am visiting you permanently :)

Amber said...

So very lovely! Is that a digital scrap book? So beautiful.

Jade said...

These pages - your whole site! - are so dreamy & beautiful ♥

Mary said...

looks like a wonderful trip!

pixelhazard said...

This is so perfect. No other words

casey said...

Such lovely images--they're making me ache to go back to San Diego! :)

GiDu said...

beautiful photos!!

Jutta said...

Wow... so beautiful :)

Helen said...

How delightful! I feel swept away by that old train into Little Italy along with you and your family. That pink dress is magical.

grimace said...

I love everything that you post here. all things quaint. :)

i like this post especially :)

Rebecca said...

sounds like the perfect day.

Screwed Up Texan said...

Beautiful posts as always. This blog is a gem! I am always amazed with your artwork. Keep it up!

Patricia Torres said...

Such a beautiful post.. You've had a great time!! Loved it!

Grace Albaugh said...

I love these kinds of days. Lazy and strolling and dreamy.The pictures create that wonderful feel.

RhiannonM said...

I love your journal pages for this day! Sounds like so much fun!

justk8 said...

i adore your blog. you are so creative and have such neat things to say!

Star said...

Lovely illustrated notes on this post. Hop along to my Blog and see I've tagged you today.
Blessings, Star

Meg said...

Oh, this makes me SO homesick! Your photos are gorgeous -- I can almost feel the delicious warmth of the San Diego sun and the sparkling quality of the breeze coming up from the water. Thank you for sharing your adventure and your lovely photos...it's the perfect antidote to the thunderstorms we're having up north today!

Kavita said...

I was working till about a minute ago with the music of an old Spanish Duo(singing in English:D) playing in the background,so it seems just right to end my rather long day with visuals from a day spent at Little Italy.

iartaday said...

molto bene!

very beautiful <3

Ashley L. said...

SO much beauty! I love all of the soft and serene colors. Incredible work!

Sharon said...

your photos are so so amazing!

Nicole said...

Livy, I work two blocks from SD's Little Italy and go there all the time! I've always thought it was a great little neighborhood, but your photos and presentation make me realize how wonderful it really is.

You must have gone on a Saturday, if you went to the Mercado...it just started about a year ago and is such a nice little farmer's market! I think it might rival the best one in the city, in Hillcrest, sometime soon...

Any other Field Journal readers in San Diego by chance? Would love to get in touch!

oh, hello friend. said...

um, your photos are INCREDIBLE. i love every detail + all the design. they are soooo pretty! hope you don't mind, i posted one on my blog for my happy friday post.

xo.

theprodigalblogger said...

everything looks lovely. btw, what software do you use for the editing? :)

Livy said...

*I use photoshop for most everything blog related.

simplesong said...

so lovely, thanks for sharing

Leigh said...

great photo's! I live in little italy and you certainly captured the spirit in an incredible way

Janet said...

what a yummy day! and your photo pages/collages are delish!

blossom said...

sounds like you had a wonderful day.....gorgeously lovely post, i love the way you show your photo's
xx

Kim said...

It's been awhile - you have reminded me that I need to plan something for myself - Little Italy looks perfect...a break from water slides, Wii, trampolines & corn dogs.

jen jafarzadeh said...

such a pretty post. lovely!

Trendy Bindi said...

I wanted to let you know that we are passing along the Lovely Blog Award to you! You can stop by our blog to "pick it up"!

Gaia said...

I love the way you show your pics...What do you use? How do you make the label?

Very beautiful!

oneshotbeyond said...

I haven't been through this part of SD. Must do it now that you've mentioned it. :-)

Theresa und Eva-Maria said...

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Mrs. Myers said...

Wow. That sounds fantastic and I LIVE in San Diego. It's amazing how easy it is to forget the hidden jewels in your own city.

Aurea Dama said...

I love your blog and I chose it to be the first one to receive "Love Badge"-award. You may get it from my blog if you like.

Your Field Journal was perhaps the very reason I originally started a blog of my own, so this is a way to thank you.

Love,
AD

Anonymous said...

Beautiful as always! You have the most exquisite photography and layout to your posts. It could draw me in for hours and hours!

I was wondering the other day, how is your dollhouse project coming along? I was thinking of starting something like that for the summer during the too-humid-to-go-outside days. I'm sure it's looking lovely!

brinja said...

Wow, so many pretty colours on this blog! I like it:)

Michela said...

Hi Livy!
Your blog looks so smart and interesting!
Greetings from Italy!

Michela
http://littlesecretsfrommygarden.blogspot.com

Michela said...

Hi Livy!
Your blog looks so smart!
Greetings from Italy!!!

Michela

http://littlesecretsfrommygarden.blogspot.com

Dana_In_Wonderland said...

I just stubled on your blog!
I love it so much
its so delightfully pastel
xx

Jennifer Hudson Taylor said...

Looks and sounds like a great day trip! I love taking those kind of trips here in the Carolinas.

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

I went to school in San Diego before Little Italy's revival. I've been dying to go back via the Coastal Starlight. Your pictures have moved this wish to the top of my list--just lovely! :)

Teresa said...

What a phenomenal bunch of photos.

Maggie May said...

I'm so glad you love my San Diego

life according to celia... said...

hi!
i'm new to your blog and it's quite sweetie. can't wait to come back for more...

Mara (The Wedding Cabaret) said...

beautiful!

jen cornell said...

Love these pictures- so dreamy!
What kind of camera do you use to get that effect?

Lindsey said...

Well, this San Diegan has been to little Italy many times, but it never looks as good as your pics make it look! You are such a dreamy artist.

{this is glamorous} said...

this is one of the loveliest posts i have ever seen -- utterly charming! what a beautiful day it must have been

Anne-Solange said...

Oh my ! This is wonderful. So, so cute

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