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Travel Writer • Katie Dillon  Luxury Travel | Hotels | Food | Family 🌎 Ex-expat (London + Hong Kong) ✈️ @luxuryworldtraveler Prime Member 📍La Jolla, California (San Diego)

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Fine dining at 35,000 feet in @CathayPacific first class.✈️🍴
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To us, the journey over to Hong Kong is always incredibly important. It's a 15.5-hour flight. We mostly fly Cathay Pacific which was our home airline when we lived in Hong Kong. I like the familiarity of the experience. I know what to expect onboard, they serve local favorites we don't often eat at home and in premium classes, it's really more like fine dining (in first there is room to eat together in the same suite). Plus, I bundle this airline in with all of the reasons why I love Hong Kong.
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The slideshow gives you a sampling of what we ate from our first meal (breakfast) to the last (dinner) including my favorite Krug champagne and caviar course, beef tenderloin, dim sum and more. Because you really can eat well on a plane! It is always truly a privilege and a pleasure to fly with them, something I've been doing for nearly 15 years consistently now.
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This is a busy, long trip but I will do my best to showcase why HK one of the greatest cities in the world.🇭🇰

Some of San Diego’s best tide pools are at Cabrillo National Monument. Even when it’s not low tide, the coastal area here is a great place for photos and a little seaside exploring where permitted.
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Cabrillo National Monument is part of the U.S. National Park Service which means that kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge here by exploring the park and then answering questions from a ranger or volunteer. Here, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first European Explorer to set foot on the West Coast but it was also a look-out point during WWII. There are bunkers on the hillsides overlooking these tide pools that are occasionally open to the public.
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And, the U.S. National Parks’s Every Kid in a Park program means that 4th graders and their families enter Cabrillo National Park for free. How cool is that?
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I’m honored to share why San Diego is one of the best family vacation destinations in the world in Travel+Leisure, People Magazine and Real Simple. These features were put together in partnership with @VisitSanDiego! #VisitSD #ad 
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Balboa Park’s Electriquettes are back! These small wicker carts were popular for cruising up and down the length of the Prado, the pedestrian street that runs between museums pictured here, during the 1915 Panama-California Exposition (an event that shaped much of @BalboaPark as we know it today). Now, you can rent them again for a relaxing ride to soak up sunshine, get familiar with the lay of the land and to see the park from a different perspective.
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Have you driven an Electriquette? Looks like today is a great day for it. You can read more about Balboa Park in Travel+Leisure, People Magazine and Real Simple features I helped put together in partnership with @VisitSD! #VisitSD #ad 🌞🌞🌞
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I was challenged by @wholeearthsweetener to come up with a lower sugar spring recipe so I chose soft sugar cookies with sprinkles. I'm pleased by how they turned out! See how I did it on the blog. 🌷🌷🌷
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(Also excited to practice a bit of #flatlay photography... will be doing much more of this going forward at restaurants, in hotels and at home.)
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When it came to mentioning family-friendly restaurants in @travelandleisure this month, @CorvetteDiner was among the first that came to mind. In addition to the fun 50’s decor and sassy servers in poodle skirts, there is a giant game room in the back with tons of arcade games. We’ve been to several birthday parties here lately… local kids love it here that much.
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I drank this entire Elvis milkshake (peanut butter, banana and marshmallow) and have no regrets. So good. You should also see the massive house-spun cotton candy plate!
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What is your favorite San Diego kid-friendly dining spot?🍴#VisitSD #ad @visitsandiego
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Here in San Diego, we’re at the beach year-round which means our smartphones are, too. My iPhone is constantly dangling over sand and surf while I snap photos of everything from birds to my dog's perpetual uncertainty about why he would ever want to go in the ocean.
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So, I partnered with @tech21official to talk on the blog today about how to keep your iPhone protected (I have their Evo Aqua case on my phone here) from sand, surf and sunlight at the beach with cool cases and other tips. Prime beach season is just around the corner. Are you ready?🌊☀️
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San Diego's sunset surfing sessions are about to get especially awesome with an extra hour of daylight.
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Just to the left of this guy on the wave was a kid shredding waves on an SUP with a paddle, hanging with the big guys. Because, you can do that after school here, year-round.
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Love where I live. 🌅🏄🏽
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Sea lion chatter. This guy (gal?) was super talkative and the other sea lion was so not into it.
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These are the types of things you can catch with a zoom lens in La Jolla.😂

When it comes time to refuel between exploring @BalboaPark’s awesome museums, Panama 66 is our choice. It’s a lovely al fresco restaurant that uses local, seasonal ingredients and also has a great selection of San Diego beers, California wines and craft cocktails for the parents.
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Kids can also play in the sculpture garden in the back which is a perfect place to enjoy San Diego sunshine. It is my pleasure to showcase our local favorites like these in partnership with @visitsandiego on @People magazine this month (link in bio)!
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Where do you like to eat in Balboa Park? #VisitSD #ad 🍴

Sunday seal babies. ❤
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It's pupping season which means that people aren't allowed on the Children's Pool beach where our harbor seals nurse their babes (pictured here).
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So, I rented a Sony 24-240mm zoom lens. I need a bigger zoom and I thought that its long and short range would be good for travel but, long story short, I likes other lens combos but photos of baby seals make me happy under most circumstances. 😉
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Have a great week ahead!
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