California Journals

A month in (and around) Silicon Valley

A March 2002 trip to California by Ioanda

Spring in San Jose Photo, California, United States More Photos
Quote: Geographically, Silicon Valley is an area surrounding San Jose, California, in the Santa Clara Valley. Technologically, it is the center of today's computer industry.

A month in (and around) Silicon Valley

Overview

Spring in San Jose Photo, California, United States
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About 50 years ago, the authorities of Stanford University (California) tried to solve their financial problems by leasing part of the university land to high-tech companies for 99 years. The university had plenty of land (over 32 km). The original bequest of his farm by Leland Stanford prohibited the sale of the land, but there was nothing to prevent its being leased, so the Stanford Industrial Park was founded. The goal was to create a center of high technology close to a cooperative university. Geographically, Silicon Valley is an area surrounding San Jose, California, in the Santa Clara Valley. Technologically, it is the center of today's computer industry. But don’t think of S...Read More

Near sky

Attraction

The building Photo, California, United States
Quote:
A non-expensive place to have a bird-eye view of San Francisco is Bank of America Building. You pay for a coffee, you drink it and you admire the near-sky-images.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2002

Boardwalk

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Attraction

Welcome Photo, California, United States
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Located between San Francisco and Monterey, Santa Cruz welcomes all visitors at Beach Boardwalk, the California's oldest amusement park that combines unforgettable nostalgia with modern-day fun. Beach Boardwalk is a 400 Beach Street in the heart of Santa Cruz County, next to Santa Cruz’s mile long main beach. It includes more than 34 rides and attractions (featuring two national historic landmarks: the 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster and the 1911 Looff Carousel plus plenty of modern ride thrills), games, restaurants and shops. The Boardwalk is admission-free! That means there are no gates to block your way. If you just want to come and look around or hang out on the beac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2002

Symbol

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Attraction

Golden Gate Photo, California, United States
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Golden Gate Bridge, symbol of San Francisco, subject of many photographs. How can you visit San Francisco and not see it? For many years, the only way to get across San Francisco Bay was by ferry, and by the early twentieth century the Bay was clogged with ferries. In the 1920s, engineer and bridge-builder Joseph Strauss became convinced that a bridge should be constructed across the Golden Gate. The construction began in 1933 and it was completed in 1937. The best way to explore the Golden Gate Bridge is to walk across the bridge if you can. The traffic is noisy, but you can’t really appreciate the bridge unless you’ve walked on it, at least a little way. At mid-span you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2002

The Giant Dipper Photo, California, United States
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The Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster built in 1924, with speeds up to 55 MPH, create an amazing ride almost for everyone. (When Arthur Looff built the Giant Dipper, he envisioned a coaster which would be a "combination earthquake, balloon ascension and aeroplane drop".) Come and take a ride!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2002

Pier 39

Attraction

Alcatraz Photo, California, United States
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PIER 39 is located on the northernmost point of the San Francisco peninsula. It provides visitors with unique views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, the San Francisco Bay and the City skyline.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2002