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Gold Line Adventure: Del Mar Station

My friend, Cristina, suggested we and our friend, Lori, get together, hop on the Gold Line (light rail) to Pasadena and get off at 3 or 4 stops to explore. As it turned out, that’s not possible. There’s too much to see at each stop!  🙂

We took the Red Line (subway) to Union Station where we took some time really looking at the art that we normally rush by without even noticing.  (Who knew there’s an aquarium in the East Portal???)

The MTA published a handy guide to the art found in each station so we used that to identify each piece and we were constantly reminding each other to look up

…and look down.

We even walked across to the MTA office tower (aka the Taj Mahal), looked at the art and marble inside, and then walked around outside where we  found some pretty cool tile.

From the Gold Line we got off at the Del Mar station and were deciding which direction to head off in to search for food when we turned around and there was La Grande Orange Cafe in the restored 1935 Santa Fe depot! It was so cute we had to eat there. We each got a different taco platter…one short ribs, one swordfish, and one chicken mole….homemade corn tortillas, guacamole, pico de gallo, and a yummy kale salad that had quinoa, red grapes and parmesan cheese in it. So good! Our coffee was served in individual French presses  and they offer complimentary salted chocolate chip cookies!

After lunch we walked over to the Pasadena Visitor’s Center and got a bunch of brochures. One brochure mapped out various self-guided architecture tours that you can walk, bike, or drive. We located the one for our location, #6 Civic Center and Playhouse District, and visited each site, including City Hall, Library, Pasadena Playhouse, and beautiful churches.

Since this post is already too long I’ll just post some pictures of the All Saints Episcopal Church, which I liked because of the twisty-turny passage ways.

In the afternoon it started raining but that didn’t stop us.  Cristina grabbed a plastic bag from a wedding caterer in the City Hall parking lot to cover her head, and, drenched to the skin, we carried on!

The door to the American Legion post was open so we went in and the man in charge of the restoration process gave us a tour. There’s a bar, massive kitchen, small library, and a nice room with a stage.

By the time we got back outside it was dark and time to head for home. We were now closer to the Memorial Park station so that’s where we jumped back on the Gold Line.

We had a great time and are looking forward to our next adventure!! I highly recommend you grab some friends, buy a Metro day pass, and go on your own rail adventure!

  1. November 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I never knew about the art at union station. I love the fountain. I worked down the street from La Grande Orange cafe but I never ate there.

  2. Laurie
    November 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    What a fun way to spend a Saturday! I feel like I’m reading an article in Triple A’s Westway magazine. Love the pictures. The next time I visit Union Station, I’ll remember to look up and down to see what they have to offer. P.S. I’ll try the kale/quinoa salad/grapes recipe 🙂

    • November 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks, Laurie! It’s amazing what we miss when we’re in a hurry. OMG that kale/quinoa salad was TO. DIE. FOR! It was all about the lemony vinaigrette and the Parmesan.

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