Sometimes, while walking through old
neighborhoods in Santa Cruz, California, the light hits 'just
right' and captures the imagination.
earthquake of 1989 shattered the downtown area of Santa Cruz. Here is a
representation of some well preserved period
architecture on the Pacific Garden Mall which somehow survived.
The days of the simple
life in the
Santa Cruz beach town are almost gone. Decades ago, when we first moved
there, these houses were the
norm. Now they are considered 'vintage' and cost a small fortune.
Here's a shot of an empty beach just down
from the famous Boardwalk. The Santa Cruz Pier is in the background where
lots of restaurants line the planks and folks still go fishing. You won't
find any shells on the beach, however, and the water is a chilly 52 degrees!
Thrills and chills at
the decades old and nationally famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk. I have a photo
of my father visiting this boardwalk just after World War II.
Looking down the beach
a far stretch
towards the yacht harbor which is tucked in past the lighthouse at the end of the
jetty. You'll find joggers here during the early mornings and evenings.
across Highway 17, is the city of San Jose. Here is the 'Shark Tank' where
the San Jose Sharks Hockey team plays.
Whereas Santa Cruz is
quaint, San Jose has eye-catching contemporary architecture. Santa Cruz is
often fog-socked and dreamy-eyed, while San Jose is sunny, bright and future
A flash from the past in
downtown San Jose. A quick look inside, however, showed no telephone hook
Downtown San Jose is quite walkable and enchanting. Here's some period architecture is
side by side wit the more modern buildings of the city.
The San Jose Grand Prix
(which is a huge event) races down this road towards the Hotel DeAnza.
After a hairpin turn,
the Grand Prix drivers come back this way. Race car fans line the roads in
the grand stands that are built special for this race.
A sign of the historical
times of this city. This church could be in England!
Valuable words of wisdom
carved into the marble walls of the San Jose Science Museum entrance.
Here's a Frank Lloyd Wright
building on the Guadalupe River Walk, in San Jose, California. Very popular
theater productions are shown here.
touching memorial proudly
displayed in gratitude for those who have served in our military over the
small example of the stunning rock art on
this Guadalupe River Walk, San Jose.
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