Little Italy: Part One

Many cities around the world have areas that have been created by immigrants and where you can get a flavour of the culture and cuisine of a nation. Famously, ‘Chinatowns’ spring to mind, but there are also Italian, Greek, Asian and many more where the inhabitants recreate their homeland.

One such area that I have had the pleasure to explore on several occasions is Little Italy in San Diego which was originally a fishing village based around the tuna industry. Now it is still a vibrant ‘village’ with lots of Italian restaurants and upmarket boutiques. I have quite a few photos from my visits so I shall split this into three photo posts, the first being a general wander around the area.

It’s also a very floral place as you can see.

~wander.essence~ photography

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

31 thoughts on “Little Italy: Part One”

  1. Even in the small local town of Dereham, we have a Portuguese ‘enclave’. The have their own shop, coffee bar, and small restaurant/cafe. For non-Portuguese, it means we can buy their delicious custard tarts! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I like those mini countries within other countries, Jude. I love how multicultural the U.S. is, and I hope we can hang on to that multiculturalism despite the efforts of many. I’ve never been to this area of San Diego, so thanks for sharing these photos. That pool picture looks very Italian! I’ll link this to my Thursday photo post. 🙂

  3. We like finding spots like this where the culture of immigrants is fully immersed in their new country. We even found a Little Venice in Tokyo, which felt a bit strange. I’m sure there must be some very nice Italian cafes in this part of San Diego.

  4. It looks lovely. John has been to San Diego many times for conferences, but i’ve never visited. If I ever feel inclined to visit the US again it will be on the list. There were lots of Italians emigrated to Scotland so Glasgow has many Italian restaurants, cafes and ice cream shops, often going back generations. They are spread throughout the city, however, rather than forming a Little Italy.

    1. If he goes again you should go with him, I have always found it an easy place to explore on my own and there are several interesting areas close by.

    1. I don’t know about that, I am guessing there are some ‘Little Englands’ along the Spanish costas. And I know there are enclaves of Welsh in some parts of the world (S.America and Australia spring to mind), but I can’t think of a ‘Little Scotland’. And Irish pubs are all over the world!

        1. I’m not entirely sure what a ‘Little England’ would actually look like. We are such a mish mash of nations and twee country chocolate villages aren’t representative. You’ve got me thinking now!

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