On week one of my vacation, my cousin brought us to Pasadena, California.
We walked around the Old Pasadena which I think was such a quaint and charming place. I loved going inside the different shops and taking pictures almost everywhere. We had lunch at this nice Thai restaurant which served really sumptuous food.
After touring the Old Town, we went to the Huntington Library. My cousin, my son and I decided to explore the Botanical Gardens… and realized that one afternoon was not enough to enjoy its magnificent splendor.
As we walked through the different areas of the vast garden (there was a Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Chinese and more), I couldn’t help but be awed at the amazing sight.
In the Desert garden, we saw different species of desert plants. I never saw so many different cacti — of all shapes and sizes –in my whole life…
Some cacti were much, much bigger…
Others were small…
Despite the long walk and the occasional chilly breeze, it is impossible not to admire the thousands of different plant species in the botanical garden. Like I said earlier, one afternoon was insufficient.
Words are not enough to describe the beauty of the gardens. Allow me then to share some more photos we took, this time from the Japanese garden. One need not be a professional photographer to capture the beauty that was around us.
And my personal favorite…
Simply magical, don’t you think?
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photo credits: Supergoddess Me’s GE digicam;
Huntington Botanical Gardens (Huntington Library), Pasadena California. March 2011 🙂