Posts Tagged ‘Pasadena’

One of the most disconcerting things about vacation is how quickly it seems that you never went. Taking photos helps bring back the vacation experience, so these doors transport me to one of my walks to Old Town Pasadena.  After my first day, I went online to locate somewhere to have tea or one of my periodic coffee drinks.  For the latter, I found Amara Chocolate and Coffee.

Mochas top the short list of coffee drinks I like.  At Amara, there are no mochas (by name), but their cacao latte raises the mocha bar moon-high.  Add 63% dark Venezuelan chocolate to coffee and milk and it’s sheer bliss!  I made a point of stopping there again on my last day.  They’ve officially spoiled me for all other mochas and I was happy to have had the opportunity to tell that to the owner.

With that delicious thought in mind, let’s head for the doors (and you can listen to The Doors as well, if you like.)  To see more of the doors (no caps), you can take a virtual trip around the world through the portal at Norm’s blog.  Be aware that the portal is disguised as a blue froggy-like creature.  Just click on it and the portal will open.  Just hang on to your drink!

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Once you’re tuned into doors, a walk becomes even more interesting.  On my first walk to Old Town, I was on a mostly commercial street, so opportunities for flowers, one of so-called SoCal’s best features, was limited.  But doors there were aplenty.

Far away from SoCal, snowy Montreal is the home of Norm, our a-door-able host.  Be sure to drop by his blog and, if you want to get a better handle on the door challenge, click on the blue link critter to access the other entries for the week.  Anyone’s welcome to join and our motto could be “So many doors, so little time.”

An hysterical historical landmark.

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Although my daughter offered the use of her car while she was at work, Old Town Pasadena, with its shops, restaurants, and other delights, was only about a mile and a half away, so I packed my camera, telephoto lens, Kindle, notebook, etc. and headed out into the California sunshine.  On the way, I passed a parking garage with this perfect sign atop the entrance.  Or rather, I passed after stopping for a quick oddball photo.  How could I not? It was a sign!

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After a few days of relaxing while my daughter worked, we decided to visit Huntington Botanical Gardens in south Pasadena. Purchased in 1903 by railroad magnate H.E. Huntington, this former citrus ranch is now filled with spectacular gardens. In the small part we explored in our few hours, one of my favorite areas was the humid conservatory.  Here are a few of the photos I took there while trying to protect my camera from the periodic mistings.

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