May 16, 2015

A Botanical Moment

“Don’t you find that one does better when all alone with nature? I myself am convinced of it." ~ Monet

Location: The Botanical Building at Balboa Park

May 11, 2015

Snow-Line Orchard

It was pretty foggy up at Snow-Line Orchard last Saturday! For those of you that don't know, Snow-Line Orchard is home to one of my absolute favorite desserts: apple cider mini donuts. I thought that they were only available during apple-picking season, but it turns out that Snow-Line currently serves them on the weekends! Best. News. Ever.

My friend and I drove up to Oak Glen just as the fog was rolling in. To be honest, I was kind of excited because I don't usually get to shoot photos in foggy weather conditions. Everything looked so much more... mysterious (?), I guess. We devoured half of our donuts in the car, walked around the property for a little bit, and then went back inside to check out the rest of the store. It was a great way to spend the afternoon!

May 6, 2015

The Pantheon Paris

It's been months since I left Paris, but sometimes I feel like the whole trip was just yesterday. Earlier tonight I was going through some of my old travel photos and found a few that never made it onto the blog. These images are from my visit to the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter of the city. I didn't get to explore as much of the Latin Quarter as I would've liked, but I guess that's something I can always save for next time! {Yes, I do plan on visiting Paris again at some point in this lifetime haha.}

April 13, 2015

The Rose Bowl Flea Market

My cousin and I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market for the very first time yesterday! We saw all sorts of shabby chic furniture, antique collectibles, and unique vintage clothing. I even managed to haggle down the price on a set of photo slides from the 1950's (2 for $3!). While I do admit that the venue was pretty huge, I don't think it was necessarily worth the $8 admission fee. I guess I'm more used to going to flea markets that cost $3 or less. Those admission fees add up haha! Regardless of the price, I'm so glad that we finally got to see and experience the Rose Bowl Flea Market in person!

Here are a few things that I learned from my first trip to the Rose Bowl Flea Market:

+ Parking - When we got to Pasadena (around 9:20am) the line to get into the free parking area was already backed up! I noticed several cars parking on the other side of Seco St. so I decided to do the same! It was totally the right decision because the Rose Bowl was only a short walk away and we didn't have to wait in any lines to get in and out the crowded parking area!

+ Haggling - I read a number of blogs that said that you should always try to haggle and they were right! When I tried to purchase the photo slides, the vendor wanted me to pay $5 while I only wanted to pay $1. We ended up meeting in the middle at $3 which was fine with me!

+ Lunch - If you're extremely frugal like me, then the best thing you can purchase for lunch is a yummy $2 hot dog. There are hot dog stands scattered throughout the flea market. Everything else is about $8-$10 which was just a little too much for me (especially on top of the $8 admission haha). Also, you should definitely eat lunch inside of the stadium. One of the highlights of our trip was sitting in the stands with a view of the entire football field. When will you ever be able to say that you ate lunch inside of the Rose Bowl while it was empty?