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Silicon Valley: A Walk Around Stanford.

It was cool, early weekday morning recently in Silicon Valley and I was enjoying a coffee at Philz Coffee in Palo Alto. I was looking for a place to continue enjoying my coffee and venture around on foot before getting to work. What better place than at one of the best schools in the United States, Stanford University.

Upon arriving I was immediately in front of Hoover Tower. Standing at 285-feet tall and prominent throughout campus, the tower is named after the former president Herbert Hoover. It houses the appropriately named Hoover Institution Library and Archives.

Stanford University, California, Hoover Tower

Stanford University, California, Hoover Tower

Stanford University, California, Hoover Tower

There is an observation deck up-top, for a nominal fee, where you can get panoramic views of the campus, Palo Alto and beyond. On a good weather day you can see the San Francisco skyline. It was too early on this day for me to go up. 😦

Stanford University, California, Hoover Tower

Since I was out on the open campus sidewalks in the early morning, there were only a few students, facility and visitors around.

Stanford University, California

Stanford University, California

My feet took me to the The Oval Flowers, headlined by the cardinal ‘S’. The school nickname is the Cardinal and they are very successful athletically, even with their tough academic standards. Being American football season I was (and still am) thinking about their season ending game with rival Notre Dame. Go Stanford!

Stanford University, California

Stanford University, California

Across the street from The Oval is Memorial Court and within…

Stanford University, California

…are independent casts of Auguste Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais. The sculptures sit near the entrance to the Main Quad with the first casts still sitting in Calais, France. You’ll find others placed around the world.

Stanford University, California. The Burghers of Calais

Walking through the Memorial Arch and out of the court, I was now in the Main Quad and in front of the Stanford Memorial Church. The church sitting within the center of the university was built by one of the co-founders of the university, Jane Stanford. It’s called “the University’s architectural crown jewel”.

Stanford University, California, Memorial Church

Stanford University, California, Memorial Church

I loved walking through and by the outdoor, column-lined hallways surrounding Memorial Court.

Stanford University, California

Stanford University, California

It being Silicon Valley and California, while walking around I looked up quite a bit at the beautiful palm trees that populated the landscape.

Stanford University, California, palm trees

Stanford University, California, palm trees

Stanford University, California, palm trees

Stanford University, California, palm trees

What a beautiful morning it was walking around one of the most prestigious universities in the world. I’ll be on the lookout for that next opportunity to walk around a scenic college campus.

Stanford University, California, Hoover Tower

Checkout the Philz Coffee deliciousness I enjoyed in Palo Alto on that morning.

What colleges and universities would you recommend going for a walk through?

#ElCafeDe2013: The Coffee of Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley is the heart of the technology world but it’s also got a thriving coffee scene. No matter where you at from San Jose to San Mateo and everywhere in-between, your bound to find one non-Starbucks coffee shop after another. Don’t worry there are plenty of those around too.

On my most recent visit I decided to dive into the java scene, surprise, surprise and three places stuck out.

Blvd Coffee is unassuming from the outside and is tucked away from the main road in Los Gatos, but their coffee and family atmosphere inside more than makes up for it. I had friendly conversation with many of the baristas while grabbing a Naked Coffee w/ Chocolate.

Blvd Coffee, Los Gatos, California, Naked Coffee w/ chocolate

Philz Coffee is a small coffee chain in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area. Making a stop at their Palo Alto location, right down the street from Stanford University, I got what I’ve been craving for a long time, the Mint Mojito Iced Coffee. I love coffee and I love mojitos, two great things in one! Don’t worry I did get around to drinking it after capturing several photos from their outdoor patio. It’s a great spot to read the paper, breathe in the fresh morning air and hangout with friends before the day begins.

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, Philz Coffee, Palo Alto, California

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, Philz e.Coffee, Palo Alto, California

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, Philz Coffee, Palo Alto, California

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, Philz Coffee, Palo Alto, California

Red Rock Coffee Company is right in downtown Mountain View and in the heart of Silicon Valley. You’ll find lots of laptops and technology meetings going on, along with the local, delicious Four Barrel Coffee. I’ll take one of the Four Barrel handcrafted coffees please!

Red Rock Coffee Company, Mountain View, California, Four Barrel handcrafted coffee

It was a great time hanging out in coffee shops amongst all the technology in the valley. I look forward to diving into the scene more soon.

What coffee shops would you recommended visiting in Silicon Valley?