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North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Pasadena January 1st 2014

Hello everybody, The parade was as fabulous as I had imagined it would be. The weather was picture perfect. We had bleacher seats about half-way up and about half-way along the parade route. I noticed that the ticket (it was part of the package I bought) sold for $55. The event started in 1890 when a bunch of stodgy businessmen wanted to prove that they could grow roses in winter. Today it is a non-profit, volunteer-run event that will consume the lives of hundreds of people for the next year. There are 245 core volunteer members. They must live within fifteen miles of Pasadena. Each year there is a turnover of about 20%. They are chosen by group interviews. These are the people you see during the parade on TV: distinctive in their white suits, bought ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Pasadena October 24th 2013

We are now in Mesa, Arizona (a suburb east of Phoenix) and we wanted to post some thoughts about our time in Pasadena and Los Angeles, California. (We are always so busy in this new life adventure on the road that we are always catching up with ourselves on facebook!) After our six weeks the leafy environs of Henry Street in Brooklyn NYC we flew to visit friends on the west coast. Justin and Georgie kindly collected us at Los Angeles LAX airport and we were immediately experiencing the vast highways of LA en-route to their lovely apartment in Pasadena, which is one of the suburbs of Los Angeles. LA is a sprawling metropolis of over 1000 square miles and located in a great broad and flat desert basin and has a population of nearly 4 ... read more

Geo: 34.1472, -118.144Wow just had the most amazing taps in old Pasadena at bar celona. The best since we were in Estapona Spain in 2004. No food pics sorry, you'll have to go here yourselves for the taste bud experience.Big Bang BAZINGA!... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Pasadena September 1st 2012

As agreed the previous night, Jan woke me up at 6.30 am so we could go on a nice hike before it got too hot! However just because I agreed doesnt mean I was happy about it and lay in my bed for another 10 min before Jan returned and shouted "Get you big British ass out of bed!" We arrived at the base of the mountains by 7.15 and even by then it was hot in the sun! Luckily the path wound its way up the slope mostly in the shade so we were kept cool enough. We climbed up Echo Mountain up to the end of the old Mount Lowe Railway line which was built in the late 1800s. At the top there is the ruins of White City which was a group of ... read more

Science Exhibit from Huntington Library.... read more

Another day @ The Huntington, and a few more photos.... ... read more

Roughly 2 years ago now, me and an old friend from college decided we should go to visit my cousin in pasadena calif. Partly to see my cousin but also to take in all that Los Angeles had to offer. Within weeks we had booked our flights, no need to book any accomodation! (Its not what you know, its who you know!) Mid august the big day arrived! We started off with a lift from my dad before catching a coach with good old national express down to London Heathrow airport. Minding you I am normally pretty confident with travel but this was my first long haul flight, my first time in the states and first time travelling without my parents to guide me! First part of the journey went pretty smoothly. The usual butterflies came ... read more

So after the cliff-hanger last ending, I can reveal that my friend's incredibly talented housemate adjusted, remade and sewed costumes for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Yes, Faire. A frills and whistles recreation of Elizabethan England in LA. It was...something. Hillarious but also totally overwhelming. Overwhelming partly because of the huge numbers of people (and when you're wearing an extremely tight corset and layers of thick cloth in plus 20 degrees, your tolerance for crowds diminishes rapidly) and also because of all the stalls and performances. I tried archery and managed to utterly miss every target - although I got closer to the target I wasn't aiming at. I now have an impressive set of bruises to nurse. There was one fun performance by Men In Tights, about how to pose like a manly man. It was ... read more
And we went in costume.
The Joust
The Huntington Gardens

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Pasadena April 25th 2010

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Pasadena April 24th 2010

Really looking forward to tomorrow and a chance to visit The Huntington. I'd thought I'd share a little about Henry and Arabella Huntington who originally lived on the compound and started the museum ball rolling... Henry Huntington was actually the nephew of Collis P. Huntington, one of the BIG 4 who orchestrated the original Trans-Continental Rail Road.... Connecting the East and West Coasts of America. Even more interesting Arabella was originally Collis' young second wife, and started her Art Collection out in Manhattan while Collis wine'd, dine'd and persuaded government officials to see things his way around making money. Anyway... for more info just take a look @ "The Associates: Four Capitalists Who Created California" by Richard Rayner. More photos and stuff to come tomorrow... ... read more

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