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Glorious San Diego

January 31, 2009

Tea With the Ladies, originally uploaded by IrishFireside.

corey says…Every once in a while you meet people who make you feel completely at ease. That’s what happened on our day with Kim Hathaway in San Diego.

We arrived to the sounds of Irish music, the smell of freshly baked scones and a table set with her collection of Belleek china, but those details were nothing compared to her warm Irish-American welcome.

We chatted about her first trip to Ireland last September, and she shared stories of her first meeting with relatives over there. It sounds like she had quite an experience…and was completely embraced by her newly “found’ family.

Then it was time for tea with homemade scones, clotted cream, black currant jam, black cherry jam and shortbread biscuits. Mmmmmmm. Kim invited a few of her friends and we all had a laugh about the fact that Kim was inviting “guys from the internet” into her home. When you think about it, it is a bit out of the ordinary…and it might also explain why there was a steady stream of people stopping by for tea throughout the afternoon 😉 regards to Kerry, Teddy, Emily, Stacy, Stephanie and Bear.

Kim then took us around town to enjoy a gorgeous San Diego sunset. Because she has a military ID, she also managed to get us to some coastline that the general public wouldn’t have been able to visit at that time…and it was such a beautiful evening.

Then we were off to Ocean Beach. In this eclectic neighborhood, we stopped by Rocks, Paper, Scissors International Galleria ( where Kim’s daughter sells her handcrafted jewelry. Then it was around the corner to The Vine for dinner ( It was easy to see why this was one of Kim’s favorite restaurants. The Flat Iron Steak was wonderful and that appetizer, the Queso Fundido, was yummy. Liam liked his Sea Scallops too.

We then headed back to Kim’s where we met her daughter Stephanie and her boyfriend Bear. Gotta say, we’re well on our way to 100,000 welcomes on this trip, and San Diego was no different. Thanks all!

Oh, I almost forgot, we also managed to stop in at Presidio and then off to the shops in Old Town…that’s where we also visited the Whalen House and got a bit of a San Diego history lesson.

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  1. Shirley Steinke permalink
    February 3, 2009 8:13 PM

    I’m so enjoying all your Roadtrip films. Looks like you are having fun.

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