Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
(May/June 2009) Frequently while we are in southern California, we are driving here and there and I usually always have my camera with me. So I’m taking pictures like crazy. This entry is going to feature some of those random shots.
The famous Pasadena In-N-Out. It is amazing, no matter what time of day or night you go there, cars are lined up, in two rows to get to the drive up window. They usually have staff walking along the cars taking orders so that hopefully your order will be ready shortly after you finally get to the window. There’s no indoor seating, just a few tables outside…which are normally taken.
This building is not too far from the Santa Monica Pier. I loved the beautiful bougainvillea growing around the wall.
Another southern California favorite of mine are the beautiful Jacaranda trees with their purple flowers.
Southern California has so many beautiful trees. This tree lined street heads up the hill to the home of Bob’s daughter & family.
Angels Flight in downtown Los Angeles. First opened in 1901 running until 1969. They redeveloped the area and it reopened in 1996. In 2001 there was a serious accident on the tramway and it has been closed ever since. Work continues and they hope to have it up and running again soon.
The lovely campus of Pasadena City College. Both of Bob’s grandkids are taking classes here.
A couple views of the Los Angeles skyline.
Philippe’s home of the original French dip sandwich and they are good.
You stand in line to order and then find a place to sit at the long tables. Sometimes it seems like it takes forever but their French Dip is worth the wait.
The Pasadena Trader Joe’s was the original store. Not this building but Pasadena is where it originated.
This building is just a couple blocks from Olvera Street
Some of the Olvera Street shops.
A church very near Olvera Street
If you ever take Amtrak to Los Angeles, you’ll end up here at the Union Depot.
White Oleander~beautiful but deadly.
Thanks again…next entry we head north towards home.
Posted by Linda's World at 12:13 PM
Thursday, August 27, 2009
(May 29, 2009) We took some time today to take a drive out to the Santa Monica Pier. We both love to go there if the weather is nice.
Sadly it seems like every time we go out there we see more and more people that seem to be homeless.
The guy below had a large wire bird cage hooked to the back of his bike. What was in it? A large plastic alligator !?!
There’s a small amusement park towards the end of the pier.
The Ferris wheel had a role in the crazy movie “1941.”
You might even catch a fish at the end of the pier.
At the beginning of the Pier is the Carousel Building. It is so unique and beautiful and houses a beautiful Merry Go Round. I loved the windows in this building.
There’s a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company located at the street end of the pier. We don’t have any of these close to home so decided to take advantage of the opportunity to have lunch here.
I recommend the coconut shrimp~Yummy!
We were seated at beach level and as I looked out the window I couldn’t figure out what that big roller was. Finally we asked our waiter and he explained that they roll the beach with it.
I believe it’s made of concrete and has raised buildings & landmarks of the Los Angeles area which when rolled across the compact sand leave impressions behind~until the public starts walking on it of course.
After lunch, we gazed out at the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the folks on the beach…….
And head back to the car ~ a rather long uphill walk but totally worth the trouble.
Looking back at the Pier, we hope to visit again next time we’re in the area.
I can’t remember the exact day but I know it was pretty close to when we were getting ready to head home, our dear Blogger friend Joann came and picked me up and we went to ‘Islands’ for lunch. If you live in southern California or anywhere there is an ‘Islands’ restaurant~you have to try their tortilla soup. Ahhhhhhh it is so good. We had a wonderful time of visiting and eating….when we got back to Bob’s daughter’s house Bob took some pictures of the two of us. She posted her pictures back in June but I’m a little slower, since I’m doing the commentary. Anyway, the sun was bright which really bothers my blue eyes….so pardon the squint.
Joann tells me she likes to drive, so I’m waiting for the day she gets in her little red car, heads for I-5 and then heads north. I told her I’m just a few blocks from I-5 (about 1,200 miles north of her.)
I hope you’ll join me for the next episode….I hope to wrap this trip up in the next week and a half.
Posted by Linda's World at 12:23 AM