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Joan McGee Qualls

San Diego


About Me

lived in Chicago until age 14 then moved to Solana Beach, Ca.  Returned to Chicago at 23 and back to Encinitas, CA mid-50s.  Had the good fortune to travel extensively to Mexico as a child - my mother was born there and every other year we would spend a month.  (Not bilingual :-((( ). Still love to travel and have installed this love in my children; they in turn have afforded me some great opportunities during their studies abroad.  Ive seen things and been places I never dreamed of and i want more!  My conversation starter to folks who say they live vicariously through me?  "Do you have a passport?  What are you waiting for!"

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ASan Diego: Where are the most beautiful places in San Diego?

Point Loma​ is spectacular- it's a national park with $5/car admission but beautiful sea views and history. Easily combined with Coronado​ and Harbor Excursion as previously mentioned. Balboa Park​ is a must see.... See More

AChicago: Best Italian restaurants?

1. The Florentine​ on Ashland just north of Diversey is a wonderful family-run restaurant with a nice outdoor area which is sealed and heated during colder months,     2. Mia Figlia​ on Devon is another small family run restaurant... See More

AWhat was you best and worst experience while traveling ?

MY worst experience, hands down, was traveling from my hotel in Istanbul​ to the airport at the end of my trip. I had been warned about taxi drivers who refused to use the meter...I was picked up at my hotel at around 5 AM.  The hotel had told me about... See More

Aif you had 2 weeks to visit any country, which would you choose and why?

For me, Australia​ & New Zealand​. Why - because I've never been there and the flight is so long I feel a two week stay is minimum! That said I concur with a previous answer regarding Italy​, my happy place.... See More

ASan Diego: What are the best hidden gems in San Diego?

In Balboa Park​, there is an artists colony between the San Diego Natural History Museum​ and the San Diego Zoo​ - also Point Loma​ has beautiful views and is the smallest national park in the... See More

AShoes and Bags for Travel?

Skechers carry all sorts of slip on sneaker type shoes with memory foam which are comfortable for walking on those cobblestones!  there are Skechers located in many outlet malls and it's not unusual for there to be great deals (e.g., buy one, second half off.)  For... See More

AWhere have you found the best hidden roadside dining gems?

Don's Restaurant​ in Emory​, Texas is a family-run restaurant with surprisingly affordable and very-well and lovingly prepared food.  Crowded with locals.   Don's offers a daily buffet as well as an extensive menu.  Very... See More

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