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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?

Silicon Valley: Lunch at a Techie Conference.

Last summer I was at a techie conference in the heart of Silicon Valley in California. It was lunch time and people were eating, calling work or home, mingling, smoking and/or checking e-mail. With travel always on the mind and a camera in the bag I was thinking what can I take pictures of outside. It’s not everyday I’m in Silicon Valley with palm trees.

I walked outside of the hotel and conference onto Great American Parkway in Santa Clara and I had my answer. Time to follow the signs to the interstate which was a few blocks away.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

U.S. Route 101 to be exact. This route runs right through the heart of the valley and is what many people think of when they think of driving in the area. I approached the southbound entrance ramp towards San Francisco which was about 45 miles away.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

Gotta grab the signage closeups.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

There she is, the interstate.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

I’m in the middle of the overpass now with a straight shot of northbound U.S. Route 101. The interstate is famous for its traffic backups during peak times, but everyone’s moving right along at this hour.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

Across the overpass now, I’ve reached the northbound entrance ramp going towards San Jose.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

It’s California so there are going to be palm trees everywhere. Interstate on- and off-ramps were no exception.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

How do you get good shot of the blue skies straight into the sun? Have a palm tree help you out!

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

Heading back across the overpass I captured a shot of southbound U.S. Route 101 heading towards San Jose.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

You can see a straight on view of U.S. Route 101 heading towards the south in Photo of the Week: U.S. Route 101 in Silicon Valley.

It was time to head back. I managed to grab some food and do some mingling as well at lunch, but the walk over to the interstate definitely hit the spot and gave my camera and the traveler in me some time too.

Photo of the Week: California Brings Out the Geek In Me Too.

While in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley last summer, I had the chance to tour some of Yahoo’s corporate campus. We came upon their cafe, URL’s. I thought nothing of it at first, calling it “Earls”. Then the geek and web developer (my day job) in me got excited. Uniform Resource Locator, of course. That’s what you call the name or address to an Internet destination like http://www.yahoo.com or http://www.elatlboy.com. Yeay geekiness and travel have been combined!

URL's Cafe, Yahoo, Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale, California

Photo of the Week: The Palm Tree’s of Silicon Valley.

I was at technology conference in the Bay Area and in the heart of Silicon Valley in California. During a break, people were using the restroom, grabbing a coffee, checking e-mail, etc. What was I doing? I was outside checking out and capturing pictures of the palm trees. πŸ™‚ Home is sans palm trees, so I’m going to hover around them and smile whenever I have the chance. These are typical of the tall palm trees you’ll find throughout California.

Bay Area, Silicon Valley, California palm trees