Sogno divino

Can you believe it’s December?

I have been on such a marathon with my certificate classes, work, trips back and forth to our place in San Diego and the other householdy things I do in Valencia, that I have had almost no time to write on this blog.

Let me first say, what better time of year to introduce Little Italy on the water at the top of Downtown San Diego, than the holidays.

This old and venerated neighborhood — still hanging in there when many similar places have gone under, victims of “modernization” in other cities — is alive and hopping all hours of the day and night, all times of year.

But, especially in autumn and winter.

I had Kevin and Anna in tow when we made a shopping run to Little Italy recently. I still managed to get a few shots that could make up a series and ended up with over 150 pictures. Here are some of them.

Little Italy is colorful, as you can see. There is a misty haze in the air no matter the weather, being so close to the Pacific — evident in this set, too.

That gave me the ability to show the bright colors that characterize this enclave, yet with some softness imparted by the moisture.  It is never hot or cold, just pleasant all year long.

But that is a major feature of San Diego in general. It is truly mediterranean and likely one attraction for Italian immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The similar neighborhood is long gone from Los Angeles.

One legacy of all this is the staggering number of grocery stores and restaurants, trattorias and cafes that still inhabit the area.  And, pastry shops are also unique to this little part of town.

Urban hipsters are moving in in droves. Some are able to rent the vintage wooden houses that still stand.

Others are snapping up very small but very luxurious condos with views that developers have used to attract people to purchase in this place what would buy a villa elsewhere.

You don’t want to know the prices.

But, I have figured out that for a 1000 square foot apartment with three tiny bedrooms and two tiny bathrooms, buyers are grateful to pay almost a cool million dollars.

Now, as to blogging. I have to admit, as much as I love coming here to discuss things that you and I care about, it is hard to be chatty while this catastrophe unfolds in front of us.

Those of you who voted for this deranged toddler/con-man should admit to yourselves it was a mistake. Those of you who abstained because you got it into your heads that Hillary was just as bad, you are just as culpable for raining all this down on us.   Geoff and I knew we would get exactly this, just not the degree of depravity.

But, I won’t dwell on it. Like many of us, I am riding it out and hopeful that the Democrats pull their collective heads out of the sand and get the majority back so we can save this country from going any farther down this Orwellian neo-fascist road.

I don’t care who we put up for POTUS, that person had better have experience and fortitude because it is going to be an ugly fight.

That said, I would love you to comment about anything (not necessarily the politics, of course!) but you don’t have to. We are a community and I know you are here and we have each other’s backs.

Hugs to you all! Belated Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends. And Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukkah and Happy Holidays to everyone, as well.

Hoping to get back here in January — starting another certification class but I will post as soon as I can.

“Sogno divino” is my play on words. It can mean three or four things in Italian. It is also the clever name of a wine shop in Little Italy.

Images: Chez Bebe Assets/Little Italy, Downtown, San Diego


18 Comments on “Sogno divino”

  1. Thank you for taking us on this tour of San Diego’s Little Italy, Beth. It sounds like an ideal place to live, or just hang out. If I had the $ and the opportunity, I would want to move there, for sure! Alas, I am stuck here in the cold north. The good news is we have a thriving Little Italy here (actually, more than one) and lots of niche neighbourhoods with delightful offerings.

    As always, I enjoyed ‘walking through’ with you via your gorgeous photos! Merry Christmas to you and Geoffrey and your families. Wishing you many blessings to you in 2018 🙂

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    • Vera! I have missed talking to you and will be over to your place shortly.

      You know, we should switch places. I would relish a cold climate city like Toronto and you could live here in hot-ville. Still in the 80s in December. Yech!

      Ah well, whatever we have in abundance we tend to take for granted, no?

      Happy Christmas to you and your family too. I hope we can catch up. See you shortly …


  2. Your pictures make me want to cry as I think of how much longer we have until Spring arrives. Only 6 more months of winter 😦
    Today was “warm” outside at zero degrees; it was a great treat!
    Thanks for the picture tour of Little Italy.

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    • JM, I know that climate well. I spent four years living in lake-effect-snow country in New York State. The winter began in September and didn’t end until May. Much as I love the snow and cold, even I had had enough by the end of that time. When it would occasionally climb to 30 degrees F in Ithaca, we all ran out in shorts and tank tops, 😀

      We have the opposite issue. You might get sick of perpetual heat and sun, believe me. I know I do and long for a cloudy day!

      Thank you for stopping by and faving this page.


  3. The colours here are just fabulous Beth. One of the best things about Christmas is the colourful lights to cheer up otherwise dark rooms and early evenings. I hope you have a fabulous Christmas with your family and friends.
    All my best wishes

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    • Oh yes, I agree. And Handel’s Messiah. I have been listening to variations and versions of it all month long. I once sang the “alto” part in a local production. I love the music at this time of year, especially any Early or Baroque pieces.

      I know you are going to have a glorious holiday there. I am so excited about all your continued successes and achievements, Charlotte. You are not only talented, beautiful, and motivated, you are a lovely human being.

      Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones.


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  4. Beth…after my sabbatical from blogsville, it is soooo good to be back here and read your stuff and especially see your photos, which you have developed quite well! Love all of these photos. happy 2018!!!!

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  5. The brilliant choices you make to enhance make the photos like “eye candy.” I particularly loved the pastry shop, it looks like it is from a newer version of Willy Wonka! xo 💐

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