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 texture 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 ofcoke syrup. We both claimed our food excellent.
Come back next week and I will tell you about our visit to Universal Studio.