Saturday, 14 May 2011

GEOGRAPHY ~ San Diego, California

Since the "The Race Across America" begins in San Diego, California, the Geronimo Stilton book, of the same name, has a full colour page of information about this city on Page 40 of the novel.


Geronimo tell us, "California is the third largest state in the United States, after Alaska and Texas.  It is also the most populous.  One of its largest cities is San Diego, which is located at the southern tip of the state on the Pacific coast."

"The Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first sailed into San Diego Bay in 1542, hoping to find the wealthy cities known as Cibola.  Today, if you walk along the waterfront, the Embarcadero, you will reach the Maritime Museum, which features one of the finest collections of historic ships in the world.  One of the ships there, the Star of India (1863), is the world's oldest working ship."

The Star of India

"In the heart of San Diego is Balboa Park.  It is the largest urban cultural park in the United States.  Founded in 1868, it is home to major museums, botanical gardens, performing arts centers, and the San Diego Zoo, which holds more than 4,000 animals."

A view of Balboa Park

Thanks for the geography lesson, Geronimo!

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