Cortez Hill blooms at Jacaranda Flower Fest!

Many jacaranda trees add color to downtown San Diego's Cortez Hill neighborhood.
Jacaranda trees add color to downtown San Diego’s beautiful Cortez Hill neighborhood.

Today I headed to Ocean Beach to check out a big kite festival. As I left my home atop Cortez Hill, and when I returned home a few hours later, I wandered through a fun neighborhood event just outside my front door. What in years past was playfully called the Jacaranda Spring Thing is now the Jacaranda Flower Fest. The event is organized every spring by the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

One nice aspect of living atop Cortez Hill are all the flowers. Especially along Tweet Street Park.

Another reason why I love to walk outdoors every day!

As I was leaving home in the morning, I spotted this nice lady setting up a table for the Jacaranda Flower Fest on Cortez Hill.
As I was leaving home in the morning, I spotted this nice lady setting up a table for the Jacaranda Flower Fest on Cortez Hill.
Later in the day, the Flower Fest was underway. Neighbors relax and enjoy a fun community event.
Later in the day, the Flower Fest was underway. Neighbors relax and enjoy a fun community event.
Little Dandelions had some activities at the Flower Fest. They are a non-profit organization based in Imperial Beach. Their mission is to inspire and teach the importance of agriculture to all ages.
Little Dandelions had some activities at the Flower Fest. They are a non-profit organization based in Imperial Beach. Their mission is to inspire and teach the importance of agriculture to all ages.
Visitors to the Jacaranda Flower Fest could propagate a succulent cutting in a small pot.
Visitors to the Jacaranda Flower Fest could propagate a succulent cutting in a small pot.
There are many flowers on Cortez Hill along linear Tweet Street Park.
There are many flowers on Cortez Hill along linear Tweet Street Park.
I took this beautiful photo at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Date Street.
I took this beautiful photo at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Date Street.
More flowers!
More flowers along Tweet Street!
Local chalk artist Cecelia Linayao creates a beautiful jacaranda themed work of art on Date Street.
Local artist Cecelia Linayao creates a beautiful jacaranda-themed piece of chalk art on Date Street.

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Creativity and fun at the Little Italy ArtWalk!

Hundreds of artists had their work out on the streets of Little Italy at the 2018 Mission Federal ArtWalk.
Hundreds of artists had their work out on the streets of Little Italy at the 2018 Mission Federal ArtWalk.

Early this afternoon I walked down from Cortez Hill to enjoy the 2018 Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy. What fun!

Hundreds of artists had their colorful work out on display along several Little Italy streets. I enjoyed meandering about and letting my eyes feast on life wherever they happened to turn. I was happy to unexpectedly meet some people that I know. I also grabbed a tasty bratwurst with lots of onions and mustard!

Another perfect day in San Diego! Smiles, warm sunshine, an easy stretch of the legs, plus the treat of fantastic, inspiring art!

A crowd of art aficionados converged on San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood.
A crowd of art aficionados converge on San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood.
The big annual Mission Federal ArtWalk is a time to relax, enjoy life, and feel creative inspiration.
The big annual Mission Federal ArtWalk is a time to relax, enjoy life, and feel some creative inspiration.
Art, food, friendship and sunshine.
Enjoying art, food and friendship.

Little Italy's new Piazza della Famiglia featured a stage plus cool chalk art, which I'll blog about shortly!
Little Italy’s new Piazza della Famiglia featured a stage plus cool chalk art, which I’ll blog about shortly!
Some of the artists were kicking back and talking to potential buyers. Others were concentrating at a canvas creating new work.
Some of the artists were kicking back and talking to potential buyers. Others were concentrating at a canvas creating new work.
Little Italy, in downtown San Diego, is a lively place where culture thrives.
Little Italy, in downtown San Diego, is a lively place where culture thrives.
This guy broke a string as I walked up. He smiled for the camera anyway!
This guy broke a string as I walked up. He smiled for the camera anyway!
People were invited to work on this interactive mural sponsored by Artist and Craftsman Supply.
People were invited to work on this interactive mural sponsored by Artist and Craftsman Supply.
They also had a table nearby for anybody who'd like to create their own art!
They also had a table nearby for anybody who’d like to create their own art!

More musical entertainment in Piazza Basilone.
More musical entertainment in Piazza Basilone.

Joy and creativity abound at the Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy!
Joy and creativity abound at the Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy!

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Lively mural by Rafael Lopez outside Coasterra!

Left half of mural by Rafael Lopez outside Coasterra on Harbor Island seems to depict abstract boats and the San Diego skyline across the bay.
Left half of mural by Rafael Lopez outside Coasterra on Harbor Island seems to depict abstract boats and the San Diego skyline across the bay.

Coasterra is an elegant, very popular restaurant located at the east end of Harbor Island. It opened in 2015, in the exact same place where the iconic Reuben E. Lee paddleboat restaurant was docked for many years, before sinking.

There are two lively murals painted by renowned San Diego muralist Rafael Lopez at the restaurant. The one I photographed this morning decorates a section of Coasterra’s exterior, by the parking lot.

I love it!

Two additional murals by Rafael Lopez can be seen in downtown San Diego here and here!

Photo of the cool mural across an empty early morning parking lot.
Photo of the cool mural across an empty early morning parking lot.
A fun, dynamic work of public art by renowned San Diego artist Rafael Lopez.
A fun, dynamic work of public art by renowned San Diego artist Rafael Lopez.
Right half of mural by Rafael Lopez outside Coasterra on Harbor Island seems to depict a lady enjoying food and drink.
Right half of mural by Rafael Lopez outside Coasterra on Harbor Island seems to depict a lady enjoying food and drink.

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An early morning walk down Seventh Avenue.

I began my walk early this morning.

From the top of Cortez Hill, above the light splashed city, I plunged straight south down Seventh Avenue.

All around me, windows blinked in the sun.

Surprising faces appeared.

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A positive mural, reflections and an eyeball.

A clean, beautiful city on the water, painted on the side of a building in Little Italy.
A clean, beautiful city by San Diego Bay, painted on the side of a building in Little Italy.

Yesterday morning, as I walked through Little Italy to photograph that cool Mona Lisa freeway on-ramp mural (my previous blog post), I discovered some additional artwork in the vicinity of State Street and Fir Street.

The large mural on the side of a residential building is clearly seen by motorists heading down Interstate 5. It contains a positive message. Colorful scenes encourage people to get out of their cars and jump on a bicycle or public transit.

A large mural on a building that can be seen from nearby Interstate 5. Colorful images seem to convey an environmental message, encouraging bike riding and public transit.
A large, dynamic mural on a building that can be seen from nearby Interstate 5. Images convey an environmental message, encouraging bike riding and public transit.
Mural on side of Porto Vista Hotel shows reflections of sailboat masts in blue water.
Mural on side of Porto Vista Hotel shows reflections of sailboat masts in blue water.
A big eyeball near the entrance of the Landscape Architecture business Environs.
A big eyeball near the entrance of the Landscape Architecture business Environs.
Riding a bicycle with a dog in the active city.
Riding a bicycle with a dog in the active city.

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Morning photos of new Piazza della Famiglia.

The fountain at the east end of Piazza della Famiglia.
The fountain at the east end of Piazza della Famiglia.

The new Piazza della Famiglia in Little Italy is finally open to the public!

Yesterday morning I took a slow stroll through this amazing community gathering place. As I snapped photos I was awed by the space’s beauty. The European-style piazza is designed for pedestrians; it connects India Street and Columbia Street at Date Street. The delightful setting includes a tile fountain and lots of welcoming tables with umbrellas.

I noticed the apartment homes on either side of the Piazza della Famiglia aren’t quite completed. Construction workers were busy applying the final touches. I’ve also learned that eateries and other businesses along the piazza will be opening later in the year. Once the entire project is finished, the Piazza della Famiglia is sure to become one of the most popular destinations in downtown San Diego!

The illuminated fountain adds a touch of beauty to the European-style piazza in Little Italy.
The illuminated fountain and nearby planters add touches of beauty to the European-style piazza in Little Italy.
Construction workers were busy as I passed by with my camera.
Construction workers were busy as I passed by with my camera.
Someone walks through the piazza on a late March morning. There's still construction fencing for new buildings.
Someone walks through the piazza on a late March morning. There’s still construction fencing for one of the new buildings.
One of many seats at the tables in Piazza della Famiglia.
One of many seats at the tables in Piazza della Famiglia.
Flowers, warmth and beauty await one and all in Little Italy.
Flowers, warmth and beauty await one and all in Little Italy.
Someone else enjoys the peaceful, sunlit piazza.
Someone else enjoys the peaceful, sunlit piazza.
Another very cool sight has debuted in downtown San Diego!
Another very cool sight has debuted in downtown San Diego!

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Magical light while walking home.

Magic in this world is abundant. I sensed some of it this evening during my walk home.

As I headed west along Broadway, slanting sunlight touched downtown buildings in unexpected ways, as if cast by a wizard with a flashing wand. The sun rolled away and the moon brightened. And then a few city lights blinked on.

The magic was plainly visible to anyone with lifted eyes.

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