Palo Alto California: home of many renowned Nobel Prize Winners and Silicon Valley CEOs (such as Mark Zuckerberg). Home of Stanford University – Beautiful, chic, rich and expensive in terms of real estate.
What do you do when your SO is out working and you are on vacation? Explore the neighborhood and document it 😀 I had an opportunity last winter to chill out for ten days with R. While he went to work , I went about exploring places in and around the area. The first being Palo Alto.
My day started at Gamble Garden Center
Elizabeth Gamble Garden Centre is a beautiful place, 2.5 acres of peace and greenery. The weather was great for a quiet stroll around. I was told the spring exhibition of flowers are a treat. The gardens are open to the public for free each day during daylight hours, and the house is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The University itself can be explored for atleast a half-day (or more) depending on your interests. I chose to visit the top-spots – Cantor Arts Centre, Rodin’s sculpture museum and Memorial Church. I did want to check out the campus, classrooms etc but decided to do it another day.
Cantor Arts Center: The museum boasts of an amazing collection from all over the world by founder of Stanford University Leland Stanford Jr. In 1989 the museum was severely damaged due to an earthquake and was resurrected once again. It has a lot of art galleries with collections ranging from modern/contemporary, Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe and their own family collection.
Wayne Thiebaud (USA, b. 1920)
Lunch Table, 1964
Rodin’s Sculpture Garden:
Auguste Rodin was a modern sculptor from Paris who was never accepted into school of art. His sculptures are famous for its depth and realism. Cantor Arts center has his largest collection and the sculpture garden is similar to the one in Paris. The collection was a treat to watch close and introspect.
Auguste Rodin, Burghers of Calais, 1884–1895, six individual bronzes and Me 😛
The Gates of Hell on which Rodin worked for two decades
Is located at the center of the Campus. Yet another gem to visit. The architecture was stunning with beautiful murals! It was built during the American Renaissance by Jane Stanford as a memorial to her husband Leland.
The Hoover Tower is a part of the library housing many archives. The highlight is going up the tower (for a nominal fee) , on to the observation deck to see an amzing view of Stanford and its surrounding areas. It was closed on the day I went and so could not go up top.
Stanford Shopping center
Young female and shopping? Not to generalize here but I just couldn’t pass the opportunity and spent the last few hours at the renowned Stanford shopping center. It is upscale and fancy but did not disappoint me at all during the holiday season.
No it is not the ‘rue du chat qui peche’ of Paris.. though the wall painting had a beautiful Euro feel at the shopping center!
The day ended by spotting one the most famous Tamil actresses shopping there. I did hear that celebrity-spotting is quite common in this area.
Have you been to Palo Alto or its surrounding areas? Do you have any recommendations? Would love to hear from you 🙂