A week ago I decided to stroll through Old Town and see what interesting sights I could find. In several places altars were starting to be created for their Dio De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration which starts Oct. 29th and goes through Nov. 2nd. http://www.dayofthedeadsd.com/index.html. Decorated skulls are seen all year in many stores in Old Town. If you are interested in skull jewelry, handbags, back packs, pens, or many other skull items, this is the place to shop 🙂
But as Dio De Los Muertos decorations start to arrive, you will see more decorated skeletons. Here is a Mariachi Band dressed for the holiday, welcoming you into an area called Fiesta de Reyes, a group of shops, a restaurant and a stage for various acts throughout the year.
Here is an elegant “lady” skeleton outside the entrance to Fiesta de Reyes.
And a couple well dressed “ladies” to welcome you to the Cosmopolitan Hotel and restaurant.
Here is another brightly dressed “lady” in a display in the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard, near this lovely painted wooden bench.
I loved this large wooden horse sculpture outside one of the stores in Fiesta de Reyes.
Walking outside of Fiesta de Reyes, I spotted this large painted skull, sitting in an old wooden wagon.
And this lovely fall display set in front of Seeley Stables, a museum that displays old wagons, and other items that are from the era when Old Town was a thriving new town.
Lastly, on my way back from strolling through other parts of Old Town, I walked through Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and was intrigued by this huge gnarled tree and this sweet yellow blossom on another tree.
I hope you have enjoyed your walk with me and the photos I took. If you are in the area, come check out Old Town, and see all the history, and/or come and join the celebration of Dio de Los Muertos.