Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego

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Jim spent something like 37 years working for various bookstores—Borders, Waldenbooks, Brentano’s, Barnes & Noble—which were usually located in malls. Since we’ve been together for 20½ years now, I’ve gotten used to visiting malls. There is something about them that is attractive.

Arguably San Diego’s most upscale mall is Fashion Valley Mall.

Fashion Valley Mall

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Upscale usually means expensive, and in this case, it definitely is true. It’s so expensive that just looking at the stores debited money from my bank account…. Stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus (we called it Needless Markup back in Texas), I. Magnin, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bose, Geppetto’s, Godiva Chocolatier, Gucci, Henri Bendel New York, Hermes Paris, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tiffany & Co…. And those are just the ones that I know. The really really expensive stores come with names that I don’t recognize.

Jim and I recently went over there at 9:30 p.m. after all the stores had closed so we could see all the lights and fountains that they recently installed as part of a $110 million restoration/expansion. Now with 1.7 million square feet of retail space, it is the largest mall in San Diego and one of the largest in California.

Following are some of the visual pleasures we experienced:

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Fashion Valley Mall

Fashion Valley Mall

Fashion Valley Mall

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Fashion Valley Mall

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Fashion Valley Mall

Fashion Valley Mall

Fashion Valley Mall

Fashion Valley Mall

Fashion Valley Mall

Fashion Valley Mall

Fashion Valley Mall

As you can see, I made some very good Photographic Art out of many of the pictures. Wait until you see the huge, colorful water fountain they installed in the center of the mall. It’s a long video, though, so I’ll save it for a future post.

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25 thoughts on “Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      And I took all of those pictures without using a tripod. Tripods are what have always caused me to pass on night photos, but one doesn’t have to have the sharpest, most in focus pictures when one is going to make Photographic Art out of them anyway.

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  1. babso2you

    It is amazing how much it has changed since I lived there in the 1970’s. We did stop there when we visited you and Jim to get a cup of coffee at the Starbuck’s. Great night shots! Hugs and be well! ^..^

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  2. kelihasablog

    Wow, you did a beautiful and amazing job with your pictures!!! I’m sure I’ll be looking at them again as I get a chance and hopefully will not miss the water fountain. 😀 It must be nice to have such talent! I believe my talent is annoying my hubby… LOL… or making older people at my mom’s assisted living feel like someone cares… At least THEY love to see me visiting>:D LOL

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