1999-08-14 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

The bride wore white…

Julie Reeder was breathtakingly beautiful in an exquisite white satin and lace gown and embroidered flowing train. A matching veil with lace and beads that framed her pretty face as she walked down the aisle on the arm of her father to be joined in matrimony to my son Kevin Matuozzi at St. John’s Church in Encinites, San Diego, California. His daughter, my granddaughter, Samantha, looked adorable in a lilac and white gown and floral headpiece carrying a basket of white and lilac flowers. It was a beautiful ceremony followed by a garden reception. The best man was my son, Jimmy Matuozzi, who flew out with his beautiful wife, Bettyann, and their children: Britanny, Robbie and two year old Erika, who stole the show in a yellow and black sunflower outfit with matching sunflower hat. Their latest edition, Michael James, born this past May, remained home in Island Park with grandma Rose Giuli. Good friends Kevin Welsh and his brother Tom Welsh and his pretty wife, Lynda, their two boys, Tommy and Bobby, came all the way from Rockaway to be there. Gene Arneil, originally from Rockaway, now San Diego, was also there. Julie’s mom looked lovely in a pont print carrying lots of tissues, her two brothers, their wives and children. It was a beautiful, enjoyable wedding.

Because San Diego is such an outstanding city I decided to cover some of the hotels and attractions for my "Travels in Style" television show and brought along my director/cameraman James Chladek.

US Airways took us there and back on smooth and pleasant flights.

Our first two nights was at the gorgeous Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego, one of the leading hotels in the world, open only two years. Because of the European look, the magnificent chandeliers, unique paintings adorning the walls and the graceful wide staircase that opens into the lobby you would think it had been an older newly renovated building. However, it is all spanking new and one of the best kept secrets in the city. San Diego, surrounded by upscale shops and mall as well as fashionable restaurants and nightlife. The rooms are very spacious with high ceilings, large comfortable beds and decorated with touches of antique furniture. They have two dining rooms: the elegant Fountainbleu on the second floor and the Westgate Dining Room off the lobby where we had a delightful, delicious lunch with the general manager.

However, for those of you with families, looking for two bedroom suite accommodations with kitchen and living room, the Crown Point View in the desirable Mission Bay area, five minutes from Sea World, would be a good choice. They offered a buffet breakfast every morning and high tea late afternoon. A swimming beach is just across the way and it was perfect for Samantha’s stay with me. She found children her own age to play with there.

For the budget minded, the Hawaiian Gardens might be your choice. They also have living room, bedrooms, dining rooms and kitchen with your outdoor cooking. Waffles, buns, juice, cereal and coffee are also served every morning.

The La Jolla area in San Diego is one of the most luxurious resort spots in San Diego that has a spanking new hotel in town, the Parisi Hotel that just opened two and a half months ago. We were fortunate, in the peak season, to be accommodated there in their beautiful, spacious, high ceiling rooms overlooking the ocean and quaint village surrounded by upscale shops and restaurants. Though a restaurant is planned on their rooftop, their owner does have two restaurants in town; and informal place for pizza and Italian delights at Sammys and the elegant Rapongi restaurant only a block away that serves Asian fusion cuisine that is out of this world. We were invited to dine there and I can still taste the delicious tempura soft shell crabs, luscious baby lamb chops and sea food salad that was our appetizer followed by marinated salmon and grilled shrimp all presented so beautifully, picture perfect, by Master Chef Steven Window. He came out and chatted with us and you will meet him in the television show. This was very special dining and a must when you are in San Diego. Treat yourself to it. Don’t miss it.

We did cover the main attractions while there such as the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, that now has added white water rafting and beluga whale feeding to their list. (You will see my grandchildren Brittany, Robbie and Samantha in the TV show). The new legoland was fun, especially when I got to partake on the rides with my grandchild, Sam. We boarded the Eagle Coast Guard training ship during Fleet Week, visited the fabulous Wild Animal Park where we saw the wild animals in their natural habitat, and explored Balboa Park where you can spend a few days in the museums. We saw the fascinating Chinese tombs, Egyptian mummies and how they are prepared, the automotive and aviation museums and so much more. We learned the history of the park by our knowledgeable guide. We just had a most wonderful whirlwind tight scheduled visit to one of the most beautiful places in the world, San Diego. The weather was perfect as usual in the 70’s and 80’s with clear sunny skies and bright, with warm sunshine.

TRAVEL: Greece, $599, Air up to two week stay ‘til September 18. Up to one month $699. . .Granada, Save 30 percent air and hotel, three nights from $549; La Source all incl., $1019. Holland America big And, August 29, $799 transatlantic. Aegean Odyssey, $2,399 incl. Airfare ms Rotterdam, September 10, 13, day cruise. Give me a call and away we go. Great sales now ‘till the end of August in the Caribbean and Mexico.

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