Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Burlington Arcade

Pasadena's shopping is world class. I'd like to do more shopping. I really would. I'd like to go out at least once a week and buy stuff, just because. I don't, because I'm what you call a middle-class American. So when I get into the shopping world I take pictures of it, kinda like a tourist. Wow! Will you look at that? They got all kindsa stuff! Jeez Louise!

This is the Burlington Arcade at 380 S. Lake Avenue, which houses varied businesses such as Heavenly Yogurt & Juice Bar, Kimono no Kobeya women's apparel and Dickson Chiropractic. (I was actually shopping at the phone store next door, which isn't as photogenic.)

I like the pink and blue, and the flags are a nice touch. Plus there's another one of those red British phone booths (sans phone). While nosing around on the web, I found mention of this arcade and booth on a blog. Yeah, Pasadena's on TV and in movies from time to time. More reasons to take pictures of it. Kinda like a tourist.

19 comments:

Parisian Heart said...

This is lovely, Petrea. With the bay windows and skylights, the arcade reminds me somewhat of Opryland Hotel in Nashville -- another place where taking pictures is probably the safest activity for one's wallet.

diva said...

This is very similar to an arcade in Brussels, Belgium...so much more interesting than a mall!

Ben Wideman said...

It does remind me of the Opryland Hotel! Great shot Petrea. Am I correct in noting that the very wonderful Green Street Cafe is located at the end of this arcade?

USelaine said...

And it reminds me of Eric T's corner shop windows. Well, kinda.

marley said...

Great photo. At least you didn't get told off by a security guard for taking photos like I did in our local Arcade!

Christie said...

Is is named after the Burlington Arcade in London, I wonder? Lovely places to shop.

And being a tourist is what I seem to do best, even in my hometown!

Petrea said...

It is Oprylandish, isn't it, Parisian Heart? I hadn't thought of that, but even the flags make it so.

diva, I didn't know you'd been to Brussels. You never cease to amaze me.

You're close, Ben! Green St. Restaurant is at 146 South Shoppers Lane (notably not on Green Street, as you know). Burlington Arcade is at 380 South Lake, and it opens onto Shoppers Lane too.

uselaine. Wouldn't that be nice.

Oh for heaven's sake, marley, this is getting out of hand. Have you tried searching google about photographers' rights in the UK? I've found some useful information on the web.

Although I don't know for sure, Christie, I wouldn't be surprised if it's so named. Obviously they're going for a bit of British flair with that phone booth!

Jim said...

I am an in and out kinda guy, but this place does look like a nice place to walk and browze around.

Katie said...

Neat photo -- reminds me off the arcades in Paris! Well, except for all the American flags and modern materials. Looks like a nicer place to shop than the typical mall.

Petrea said...

It's a pleasant passageway, Jim. Not really for the in-out type of shopping, though.

A little too modern to be a Parisian passage, Katie, but it feeds my imagination a bit!

Ming the Merciless said...

I miss shopping arcades. We don't have them in the city because of the real estate prices.

Lydia said...

Petrea, the photo is wonderful. I appreciate the concept of the shopper-photographer. Although the wares are tempting, more and more I want less and less. Where would I put all the stuff if I bought everything that attracted me, anyway? My days of accumulating are over, and I'm no good at that "one in, one out" rule touted by life coaches. Besides, it would be a great afternoon just strolling in the Burlington Arcade, feeling free, camera in hand...

USelaine said...

Actual London Police poster
Remixed London Police posters

Dina said...

An arcade! Something completely different.
Funny, just yesterday I went rambling around the huge Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall in Jerusalem. Hours later I was so happy to come home with tons of fun photos but sans the skirt I really need and had forgotten to look for. LOL
The tourists were too busy buying and eating, no one was shooting pictures. They must not be bloggers.

Kelly said...

This is a very nice photo, Petrea! I love the natural light. Is it more empty than usual, perhaps due to the economy, or did you just capture it at a slow time?

Petrea said...

Hi Ming, welcome. I guess this Arcade's been here a while or we might have the same problem.

Lydia: I didn't know the "one in, one out" rule. But I have a friend who's not buying anything new this year. (Well, okay, food.)

USElaine, thank you, I bookmarked those. Although the terrorist attacks on the US involved no photography, I can't say I know the same about what the Brits have been through (they've experienced plenty, going back to the IRA). Still, it sure looks like racial profiling.

Dina! What a very funny story! I'm glad you have photos to show for it.

I don't know for sure, Kelly, maybe a little of both. The yogurt place was hoppin', but it was behind me.

babooshka said...

Poor Marley he didn't have such luck photographing shopping malls. This is a beautiful image, the ligting is bright but not overlit. It does have a very British feel, somewhere like Brighton. I think it is a great attitude to view our hometowns through tourists eyes. Afterall a shopping arcade as pretty as this would never be photographed otherwise.

Petrea said...

Thanks, babooshka. I wonder if you and marley had a look at uselaine's links? We've been having some trouble with security guards and such, but apparently not nearly as much as folks in the UK (especially the London area, or at least it seems so). Would love to know what you both think.

LindseyMM said...

These people love their country...Hehe