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by Susan CarlisleLA4

North and east of downtown Los Angeles is the city of Pasadena. It is most best-known for the Rose Bowl parade and New Year’s college football game. More recently it’s claim to fame is that it is the home of the geeks on the Big Bang Theory. Hollywood is sixteen miles away, Beverly Hills only a few miles more and Venus Beach forty-five minutes. Pasadena is the perfect quiet place to stay during a visit to the LA area.

The San Gabriel Mountains are the back drop to the city. Bright pink blooms of the bougainvillea line walls and a temperature of a steady mid-seventies makes it a pleasant place to visit especially in the dead of an eastern winter. The Rose Bowl parade takes place along Colorado Boulevard which is the wide main street through town. My husband and I visited just a few days after the event and the bleachers still lined the street.

Old Pasadena is a five by four block area that is dedicated to all things clothing and food. There is a wonderful atmosphere to the place and its people friendly, even stopping to ask if we need help. Wide sidewalks and plenty of benches make the place inviting. A southwest feel permeates the town. With numerous churches with bell towers that stand tall. There is a Spanish textLA3ure to most of the architecture.

My husband is a foodie and likes to eat at a diner, drive in or dive when we travel so we had dinner at Pie N Burgers. Pasadena is the home of the first cheeseburger. So that is what we had with fries. My husband got a chocolate malt and I had a fountain coke. The kind where they stir the carbonation as it comes out of the fountain then the waitress adds as squirt ofLA2coke syrup. We both claimed our food excellent.

Come back next week and I will tell you about our visit to Universal Studio.



Marilyn Baron - May 9, 2014 - 7:31 am

I love The Big Bang Theory and didn’t realize it was set in Pasadena. I’ve been to California but not Pasadena. It sounds nice. I’ve been to LA and Santa Monica and Hollywood in that area. Thanks for the travelogue.

Maxine Davis - May 9, 2014 - 8:24 am

I love the travel posts. I would really like to go to Pasadena. California is one of the few states where I have not visited. I really must take care of that! Enjoyed the post.

Walt Mussell - May 9, 2014 - 10:58 am

We are Big Bang enthusiasts at our house.

I’m having difficulty believing that Pasadena created the cheeseburger. I would have figured a city in Wisconsin.

Piper - May 9, 2014 - 12:53 pm

In all the years I lived in LA, I never got to see Pasadena. Thanks for the whirlwind tour!

Susan Carlisle - May 9, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Pasadena is exceptionally nice. Clean streets, tourist friendly and feels like a small town in a large one. Well worth the visit.

Carol Burnside - May 9, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Sounds like a lovely time was had. Those burgers look yummy!

Sandy Elzie - May 12, 2014 - 5:38 am

Hi Susan,
I love how these travel blogs always include food…after all, that’s a huge part of the fun. I love Southern California…at least to visit, not to live, so I’m enjoying your series. Thanks!

Sia Huff - May 16, 2014 - 12:55 pm

We love the Big Bang Theory too. I didn’t realize Hollywood was so close. Cool factoid about hamburgers being born there. They sure look tasty.

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