We love Pasadena. Every time we leave it, whether for a day trip or a week, when we come back we know we’re home. Pasadena is large enough and old enough to have its own identity, even being so close to LA. I’ve mentioned the mountains many times before. Living across the street from Caltech’s campus is a huge perk in and of itself, as is having the Lake Avenue shops two blocks away. Wherever we live next, I know I will miss strapping the kids in the double stroller and taking a quick walk to Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, or TJMaxx, or, yes, frozen yogurt, even in the middle of January.
Another perk is Old Town Pasadena, the older (go figure!) shopping area a few miles away. There are tons of restaurants, stores, and theaters housed in the old buildings. If you’ve ever seen the TV show Park and Rec, you’ll know the iconic city hall building – that’s actually ours, a few streets away from Old Town. Peter takes a break one weekday evening every week for family time and pretty frequently we end up getting dessert somewhere in Old Town. This most recent trip I brought along my camera, because some day when we live in suburbia or wherever it is that we are, I know we’ll love looking back at our Pasadena life.