Sunday, August 11, 2013

Flower Power in San Diego's "Little Italy"

Sunny San Diego lends itself to an abundance of colorful flowers and plants all year long, but summer brings out an amazing bounty of typical and exotic displays.  It's hard not to walk away from a farmers' market anywhere in this city without buying a bunch to take back to your home or to your hotel room.

Yesterday I visited the Saturday market in the trendy and lovely neighborhood of Little Italy.  Located just north of downtown and not far from the airport, this part of town is home to pricey condos and authentic Italian shops and restaurants.  It can be a bit challenging to find parking, but once you've done that you can stroll the streets listening to great music (seriously, the bands are terrific), sampling local produce and buying handmade crafts. The weekly market runs from 8am-2pm.

The Banksia flower was the source of much fascination. It looks a bit like an artichoke flower, but it has an attitude all its own!
The choices at Little Italy's Farmers' Market are plentiful and affordable!

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